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Cecil B DeMille was in all a great director producer writer and actor Born Cecil Blount DeMille he was THE original aristocrat of Hollywood but this aristocrat had humble beginnings His father was a clergyman and his mother ran a girls school An old soul in knee pants and determined to get his show on the road he ran away from military school and tried to enlist in the Armed forces at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War He was let down when he was turned down for being too young His next plan was to join his older brother William who had begun a successful stage career Cecil a young man of strong integrity enrolled at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts In the decisive year of 1900 he first trod the boards on Broadway For the next 12 years he remained devoted to brother Williams tutelage and eventually collaborated with him on several moderately successful plays There was something stirring in Cecils blood It was a mixture of self-confidence ambition passion artistry and gutsiness In 1913 he could add the attribute of astute businessman to his list of abilities He formed a lucrative alliance with a vaudeville musician Jesse L Lasky and a glove salesman named Samuel Goldfish later Goldwyn called the Jesse L Lasky Feature Play Company Cecil then did something astounding He moved to Hollywood rented an old barn in the heart of town and directed the most famous early feature film The Squaw Man starring Dustin Farnum and Monroe Salisbury The results were beyond everyones expectations except possibly Cecil himself for The Squaw Man not only established the new company as a force but it also instantly placed Cecil B DeMille in the top echelon of directors With everything set in place it was only the beginning of his fantastic voyage DeMille was
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