Legendary film director and producer Cecil B. DeMille was most noted for his epic extravaganzas, like The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Show on Earth.
Cecil Blount DeMille was born on August 12, 1881, in Ashfield, MA, to parents who were both playwrights. His mother had a traveling theatre troupe, which Cecil both performed for and managed for 12 years.
In 1913 he, Jesse L. Lasky and Sam Goldwyn formed the Lasky (Paramount) film company and, the next year, produced the successful six reeler The Squaw Man, their first Hollywood film. DeMille produced and directed over 70 films over the years, with The Greatest Show on Earth winning the Best Picture Oscar, in 1952.
DeMille enjoyed the limelight, and he frequently appeared on screen in prologues or curtain-
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored DeMille by naming its annual Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures award after him.