From Goshen, Indiana.
Born on the eve of the 20th century to an American pioneer family, director Howard Hawks got his first taste of Hollywood when his family visited California in hopes to improve his mother’s health. He worked on Cecil B. DeMille’s The Little American, and after serving in World War I, Hawks returned to Hollywood and began making his own films. In 1975, five years after his death, he received an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to cinema. Previously, he has only been nominated for one Best Director Oscar for Sergeant York (1941), but his canon is spectacular, including: His Girl Friday (1940), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Scarface (1932), and The Big Sleep (1946).