Leon Shamroy

Leon Shamroy
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Leon Shamroy
Film: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born July 16, 1901 in New York, NY
Died July 6, 1974 in Motion Picture and Television Country House, CA

Leon Shamroy was a four-time Oscar-winning cinematographer.

Shamroy entered the motion picture industry in 1920 as a film laboratory worker at Fox Film Corp.

He began his cinematography career in 1924, photographing serial and stunt pictures for director-producer Charles Hutchison at Pathe, and in 1928 became co-producer and photographer on an experimental film, "The Last Moment," which earned him his first major award, the National Board of Review's Honor Film certificate.

During a long association with 20th Century Fox, Shamroy won Academy Awards for color cinematography on "The Black Swan," 1942; "Wilson," 1944; "Leave Her to Heaven," 1945; and "Cleopatra," 1963.

Shamroy also worked on "The Robe," "South Pacific," "The King and I," "Love is A Many-Splendored Thing," "Snows of Kilimanjaro," "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn," "Prince of Foxes," "Down Argentina Way," "Stormy Weather" and "Ten Gentlemen From West Point."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1938 Best Cinematography The Young in Heart Nomination
    1940 Best Cinematography - Color Down Argentine Way Nomination*
    1942 Best Cinematography - Black and White Ten Gentlemen from West Point Nomination
    1942 Best Cinematography - Color The Black Swan Win
    1944 Best Cinematography - Color Wilson Win
    1945 Best Cinematography - Color Leave Her to Heaven Win
    1949 Best Cinematography - Black and White Prince of Foxes Nomination
    1951 Best Cinematography - Color David and Bathsheba Nomination
    1952 Best Cinematography - Color The Snows of Kilimanjaro Nomination
    1953 Best Cinematography - Color The Robe Nomination
    1954 Best Cinematography - Color The Egyptian Nomination
    1955 Best Cinematography - Color Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Nomination
    1956 Best Cinematography - Color The King and I Nomination
    1958 Best Cinematography - Color South Pacific Nomination
    1959 Best Cinematography - Color Porgy and Bess Nomination
    1963 Best Cinematography - Color Cleopatra Win
    1963 Best Cinematography - Color The Cardinal Nomination
    1965 Best Cinematography - Color The Agony and the Ecstasy Nomination
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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