Cecil DeMille : Celebrating a Hollywood Pioneer

Arguably, one of the most influential directors of Hollywood films was Cecil DeMille, born on this day in 1881. DeMille began his career in 1900 as a stage actor on Broadway. By 1914, DeMille had moved on to direct silent films, including Paramount Films’ first production, The Squaw Man. He actually directed this film twice, doing so again as a sound film in 1931.

Known for movies that included spectacular set pieces, perhaps DeMille’s mostCecil Demille memorable work is The Ten Commandments, featuring the parting of the Red Sea and thousands of extras. Unfortunately, this movie was also his last effort. During filming in Egypt in 1956, Cecil DeMille suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Against doctor’s orders, he returned to the set within a week. He finished the film, but never fully recovered and died of a heart ailment in January 1959.

Cecil DeMille’s works are likely found in the collection of any serious movie buff. A collection of this magnitude deserves to be displayed in style: The Sliding Door DVD Library is the Mission-style media library that stores up to 700 CDs, 336 DVDs, or 132 VHS tapes. Eighteen adjustable solid-wood shelves can be raised or lowered to any height, for custom storage configurations. The Library is also available in a model that holds up to 1,050 CDs or 504 DVDs for the serious fan of film.

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