Orson Welles Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Family
|Orson Welles Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 0 in|
|Date of Birth||May 6, 1915|
|Boyfriend||October 10, 1985|
Orson Welles was an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer who is immortalized as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Among his most acclaimed films are Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Stranger (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), The Trial (1962), Chimes at Midnight (1966), F for Fake (1973), The Other Side of the Wind (2018), etc.
George Orson Welles
The Boy Wonder, O. W. Jeeves, G. O. Spelvin, The Great One
He was born on May 6, 1915.
He passed away at the age of 70 years from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on October 10, 1985.
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer
- Father – Richard Head Welles (Inventor)
- Mother – Beatrice Lucy Ives (Pianist)
- Siblings – Dickie Welles (Older Brother)
At the time of his death, Orson Welles’ net worth was $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
6 ft 0 in or 183 cm
158 kg or 348.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Orson Welles had dated –
- Geraldine Page
- Silvana Pampanini
- Corinne Calvet
- Nancy Berg
- Lucille Ball – RUMOR
- Lili St. Cyr
- Lena Horne
- Virginia Nicolson (1934-1940) – He tied the knot with Virginia Nicolson on November 14, 1934. The couple had welcomed a daughter named Christopher Welles (b. March 27, 1938) before finalizing their divorce on February 1, 1940.
- Vera Zorina (1938)
- Lynn Remar (1938-1941)
- Geraldine Fitzgerald (1939) – In 1939, he began an affair with Geraldine Fitzgerald, who was married at that time. She subsequently gave birth to their son Michael Lindsay-Hogg on May 5, 1940.
- Dolores del Rio (1941-1943)
- Billie Holiday (1942)
- Lea Padovani (1943-1944)
- Rita Hayworth (1943-1947) – The Strawberry Blonde (1941) actress Rita Hayworth married Welles on September 7, 1943. The couple became parents to a daughter named Rebecca Welles (December 17, 1944-2004). However, their divorce was finalized a few years later on November 10, 1947.
- Gloria Vanderbilt (1945)
- Maila Nurmi (1946)
- Nancy Valentine (1946)
- Marie McDonald (1946-1947)
- Wanda Hendrix (1948)
- Eartha Kitt (1950-1952)
- Vivien Leigh (1951)
- Ludmilla Tchérina (1952)
- Katherine Dunham (1953)
- Paola Mori (1955-1985) – He wed the Italian aristocrat Paola Mori on May 8, 1955. Their daughter Beatrice Welles arrived on November 13, 1955. The couple got separated within a few years of marriage, but they never officially got divorced.
- Gina Lollobrigida (1958)
- Marlene Dietrich (1958-1959)
- Oja Kodar (1966-1985) – In 1966, he got romantically involved with the Croatian-born artist and actress, Oja Kodar. The two enjoyed a 20-year-long companionship which lasted until Welles’ death in 1985.
Race / Ethnicity
He had English, Scottish, and remote Welsh ancestry.
However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ during the end of his life.
Orson Welles Favorite Things
- Restaurant In Los Angeles – Ma Maison
Source – Wikipedia
Orson Welles Facts
- In 2004, Premiere Magazine ranked his performance as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (1941) at #12 on its list of ‘The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time’.
- The Star Wars director George Lucas wanted Orson to voice the character of Darth Vader in the first film, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). However, Welles turned down the offer as he considered his voice to be far too familiar.
- He died 2 hours after appearing on The Merv Griffin Show on October 10, 1985. He reportedly had a heart attack while working on his typewriter situated in his lap.
- He stayed lifelong friends with fellow director John Huston. Co-incidentally, both of them made their directorial debut in 1941; Welles with Citizen Kane (1941) and Huston with The Maltese Falcon (1941). Moreover, the two men also had the opportunity to direct each other as Orson played a cameo in Huston’s Moby Dick (1956) and Huston played the lead role in Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind (2018), which remained unfinished during his lifetime.
- In addition to being passionate about movies, he was also a talented magician and painter.
- Welles had once cited James Cagney as being “maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera”.
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