Knowledge Identifier: +D._W._Griffith
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1875.
Countries: United States (56%), California (17%), Kentucky (11%)
Linked to: United Artists, American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, Dunning School, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
At age 14, Griffith's mother abandoned the farm and moved the family to Louisville, Kentucky where she opened a boarding house, which failed shortly after.
In 1907, Griffith, still having goals for becoming a successful playwright, went to New York and attempted to sell a script to Edison Studios producer Edwin Porter.
In 1936, director Woody Van Dyke who had worked as Griffith's apprentice on Intolerance, asked Griffith to help him shoot the famous earthquake sequence for San Francisco.
In 1950, The Directors Guild of America provided a stone and bronze monument for his gravesite
On December 15, 1999, DGA President Jack Shea and the DGA National Board announced that the award would be renamed as the "DGA Lifetime Achievement award"