Jean Negulesco directed the popular 1950s films "How to Marry a Millionaire," starring Marilyn Monroe, and "Three Coins in a Fountain."
As a director, Negulesco was praised initially for his strong romantic melodramas in the 1940s and 1950s but later lost favor with critics.
An artist and Paris stage decorator, he came to the United States in 1927 to exhibit his art. He got into films a few years later as an assistant producer and then worked his way up in directing, earning his first directing credit for "Singapore Woman" in 1941.
When he directed Joan Crawford in the 1946 film "Humoresque," she asked him to describe the wealthy patroness of the arts that she was to portray. Typically, he painted a portrait and sent it to her.
Negulesco worked with many of the top leading ladies of the day and clearly enjoyed it.
"I have found nothing to compare to the beauty of the American girl," he told The Times in 1953. "She is more confident and independent than the girls in Europe, and she stays young longer."
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