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Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski (born August 18, 1933) is a Polish film director and actor.

Polanski was born in Paris to Jewish parents and his mother died in a concentration camp. Polanski avoided incarceration there and spent the war wandering the countryside of Europe. He was educated at the film school in Lodz, Poland (graduated in 1959). Several short films made during the study gained considerable recognition. His first major film Knife in the Water[?] (1962) was the first significant Polish film after the War that was not associated with the war theme.

In 1968 Polanski went to Hollywood where he gained reputation with the sophisticated psychological thriller Rosemary's Baby (1968). After his wife Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson's gang while eight months pregnant in 1969, he returned to Europe.

In 1974 he returned to the USA with the film Chinatown (1974). The film seemed to be the beginning of a promising Hollywood career as it brought Polanski an Academy Award nomination. However, Polanski got involved in a scandal surrounding statutory rape charges involving him and a 13-year-old girl, Samantha Geimer[?], and fled the United States; he returned later to face the charges. On February 1, 1978, after pleading guilty to the charges, Polanski skipped bail and fled to France.

He received another Academy Award nomination for Tess (1979). Since then Polanski spent his time in France and Poland, and continues to direct movies and theater and act in films. He now lives with Emmanuelle Seigner, they have two children: Morgane and Elvis.

Polanski was laureate of the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 26, 2002 for The Pianist, later winning the 2002 Academy Award for Directing.


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