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Frank Borzage, Academy Award Winning Director, Dead at 69

June 19, 1962 - Frank Borzage (pictured with Marlene Dietrich in 1936), Academy Award-winning motion-picture director, died today after a long illness. He was 69 years old. Mr. Borzage won the first director’s Oscar in 1927 for “Seventh Heaven,” which starred Janet Gaynor (right), and another in 1931 for “Bad Girl,” with Sally Eilers and James Dunn. Last February, he received the D.W. Griffith Award of the Director’s Guild of America, that group’s highest honor. A former prop boy and cowboy actor, Mr. Borzage bridged moviedom’s two worlds — sound films and the silents. Among his directing credits are “Strange Cargo,” “Humoresque,” “Green Light,” “The Shining Hour,” and “Stage Door Canteen."

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