George Orson Welles was born on 6 th May 1915 in Wisconsin. He was very creative as a child, and was fond of literature as well as performing. His parents died when he was still a child. Welles was only in his teens when he began writing and directing in theatre. He was educated in private schools, and became well-travelled early on in life.
In the 1930s he established himself as a radio star with the Federal Theatre Project, which founded the Mercury Theatre. He also became a household name when, in 1938, his Warm of the Worlds announcement caused widespread panic with listeners who thought that aliens had really landed on earth.
The 1940s saw Welles head for RKO in Hollywood, where he worked in all sorts of field, from directing and producing to writing and acting. His 1941 creation ‘Citizen Kane’ became a massive hit, and is still a hit today. However, his second movie ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ ran over budget, and this resulted in Welles getting far less control over future movies that he directed.Welles went on to make a string of successful movies, such as: ‘Macbeth’, ‘Othello’, ‘Chimes at Midnight’, ‘The Trial’, and many more. He was renowned as a prolific and ingenious moviemaker, although his commercial successes were far less than many other directors of his day. He passed away on October 10 th 1985 in California.
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