Norman Taurog Biography
Birthday: February 23, 1899 (Pisces)
Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Norman Taurog was an American film director and screenwriter who became the youngest person ever to win the Academy Award for Best Director when he won the award at the age of 32 for ‘Skippy.’ A prolific director with 180 films to his credit, he directed several comedies—a number of then with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis—and musicals, nine of which starred Elvis Presley. He also worked with some of the most popular stars of the 20th century including Spencer Tracy, Judy garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Mickey Rooney. Taurog became a child performer on the stage at an early age and was quite popular due to his cute face and innocent expressions. He ventured into films as a young teenager and made his silver screen debut in the short film ‘Tangled Relations.’ He spent his late teens dabbling in theater, mostly off-Broadway. He attempted to transition into films as a romantic lead but was unsuccessful. He focused his attention on getting behind the camera instead and started directing films, beginning with two-reel silent comedies. He made several short films before breaking into feature films with ‘Lucky Boy,’ which he co-directed with Charles C. Wilson. He retired from directing after a long career spanning almost five decades and later taught at the University of California School of Cinema.