Charles Vidor

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The native form of this personal name is Vidor Károly. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Charles Vidor
Born Károly Vidor
(1900-07-27)27 July 1900
Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Died 4 June 1959(1959-06-04) (aged 58)
Vienna, Austria
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Film director
Years active 1929–1959
Spouse(s) Frances Varone
(m. 1925; div. 1932)

Karen Morley
(m. 1932; div. 1943)

Evelyn Keyes
(m. 1944; div. 1945)

Doris Warner
(m. 1945; his death 1959)
Children 3

Charles Vidor (July 27, 1900 – June 4, 1959) was a Hungarian film director.

Life and career[edit]

Born Károly Vidor to a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary, he served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I. He first came to prominence during the final years of the silent film era. (He is not related to fellow director King Vidor [1894-1982].)

Among his film successes are The Bridge (1929), Cover Girl (1944), A Song to Remember (1945), Gilda (1946), The Loves of Carmen (1948), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Swan (1956), The Joker Is Wild (1957), and A Farewell to Arms (1957).

In 1946 he sued Columbia.[1]

He was married four times:

  • Frances Varone 1927–1931
  • the actress Karen Morley 1932–1943
  • the actress Evelyn Keyes 1943–1945
  • Doris Warner, daughter of Warner Bros. President Harry Warner, 1945–1959 (until his death)


Charles Vidor died in Vienna, Austria, from a heart attack, aged 58. He was in the midst of making Song Without End, and was replaced as director by George Cukor.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6676 Hollywood Boulevard for his contribution to motion pictures. He was entombed at Home of Peace Cemetery in the same mausoleum as Harry Warner.



  1. ^ Naughty Words Described in Vidor Contract Fight: Director Suing for Film Release Confuses Judge Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Dec 1946: A1.

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