John Ford

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Born Cape Elizabeth, Maine
John Ford was one of the most accomplished figures in Hollywood history. He spent fifty years acting, producing, and most notably directing both silent and sound films. He is best known for such Westerns as Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956), and he won Academy Awards for screen adaptations of The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and How Green Was My Valley (1941). During World War II, he worked with the United States Navy to train a documentary film unit, which he commanded throughout the war, winning two more Academy Awards—for The Battle of Midway (1942) in 1943 and for December 7th (1943) in 1944. This photograph by Hollywood portraitist Roman Freulich shows Ford in his naval uniform. He continued to serve as a naval reserve officer after the war and attained the rank of rear admiral.
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National Portrait Gallery
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© Estate of Roman Freulich
Roman Freulich, 1898 - 1974
John Ford, 1 Feb 1894 - 31 Aug 1973
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Norman and Joan Abramson
Gelatin silver print
Image: 49.7 x 39.1 cm (19 9/16 x 15 3/8")
Sheet: 50.9 x 40.4 cm (20 1/16 x 15 7/8")
Mat: 91.4 × 66 cm (36 × 26")
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c. 1944
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