Michael Lindsay-Hogg

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Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg
5th Baronet
Born (1940-05-05) May 5, 1940 (age 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Director (film, music video, stage and television)
Years active 1965–present
Notable work

Sir Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 5th Baronet (born May 5, 1940) is an American television, film, music video, and theater director. Beginning his career in British television, Lindsay-Hogg became a pioneer in music video production, directing promotional films by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Following his work with these bands, he branched out into film and theater, while still maintaining successful careers in television and music video production.

Early life and parentage[edit]

Geraldine Fitzgerald and three-year-old Michael Lindsay-Hogg (1944)

Michael Lindsay-Hogg was born in New York City to actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, and was educated at Trinity School in New York and at Choate School in Connecticut.[1] For most of his early life, he understood that his father was Fitzgerald's husband, Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg, to whom she was married until 1946. When Lindsay-Hogg was 16 his mother reluctantly divulged that there were pervasive rumors that his biological father was Orson Welles, and she denied them — but in such detail that he was left confused and dubious.[2][3]:15 Fitzgerald evaded the subject for the rest of her life. Lindsay-Hogg knew Welles, worked with him in the theatre and met him at intervals throughout Welles's life.[4] After he learned that Welles's oldest daughter Chris, his childhood playmate, had long suspected that he was her brother,[5] Lindsay-Hogg initiated a DNA test that proved inconclusive. In his 2011 autobiography Lindsay-Hogg reported that his questions were resolved by his mother's close friend Gloria Vanderbilt, who wrote that Fitzgerald had told her that Welles was his father.[3]:265–267 A forthcoming 2015 Welles biography by Patrick McGilligan reportedly documents the impossibility of Welles's paternity.[6]

Lindsay-Hogg's step-father was Stuart Scheftel, who married Fitzgerald in 1946.[7]


Lindsay-Hogg began his career in 1965, directing episodes of the British pop programme Ready Steady Go! featuring artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and the Who. In addition to Ready, Steady,Go!, he directed episodes of Blackmail, The Informer, A Man of Our Times, Half Hour Story, and The Company of Five. He served as the series director of The Ronnie Barker Playhouse in 1968. In 1969, an episode of the science fiction anthology Journey to the Unknown that Lindsay-Hogg directed was released as part of a TV movie.

Through his work on Ready Steady Go!, Lindsay-Hogg became acquainted with some of the top rock artists of the day, and was subsequently hired to direct promotional films for their songs. Some of his early promo film work includes videos for the Beatles' "Paperback Writer", "Rain", "Hey Jude", and "Revolution" and the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow]", "2000 Light Years From Home", and "Jumpin' Jack Flash". His work on these and other films led Camerimage to award him a retrospective "Music Video Pioneer" award in 2012.[8] The Rolling Stones liked his work, and in 1968 approached him to direct a full-length television special. Lindsay-Hogg conceived The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, featuring the Stones and other musicians playing in a circus atmosphere. The band was not completely satisfied with the result, and the film would not see release until 1996.

In early 1969, Lindsay-Hogg was hired by the Beatles to direct a film. Originally conceived as a television special, Get Back was to feature footage of the Beatles recording a new album and rehearsing for a concert appearance. However, the sessions were extremely acrimonious, and the film and album were shelved for a time following the Beatles' famed rooftop concert. The Beatles returned to the project in 1970, and released the newly retitled Let It Be along with an album of the same name.

Following Let It Be, Lindsay-Hogg continued his work in UK television, directing both episodes and TV movies, including work on the TV serial Brideshead Revisited. His work on the BBC series Play for Today and Play of the Week, and the serial Brideshead Revisited were each nominated for BAFTA awards, in 1974, 1978, and 1983 respectively, with Brideshead Revisited winning for Best Drama Series/Serial. In 1977, he directed his second feature film, Nasty Habits, a comedy satire of the Watergate scandal. His third theatrical film, The Sound of Murder, was released in 1982.

Lindsay-Hogg continued directing music videos throughout the 1970s, including many for the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney and Wings. In 1985, he directed the video for Whitney Houston's breakthrough single "You Give Good Love". During the 1980s, he returned to directing concert films, including Simon and Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park, Neil Young's Neil Young in Berlin and Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert. Lindsay-Hogg's work in the 1980's also included directing TV movies of various plays and novels, including adaptations of Doctor Fischer of Geneva, As Is, The Little Match Girl, and Master Harold...and the Boys.

In 1991, Lindsay-Hogg released The Object of Beauty to positive reviews. In 1992, he directed the HBO comedy/drama Running Mates. His 1995 film Frankie Starlight was met with mixed reception.[9] In 1994, he directed the Roger Daltrey concert film A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who. 1996 finally saw the release of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, nearly 20 years after its filming. In 2000, he directed the VH1 television movie entitled Two of Us, a fictionalized account of the last meeting between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. In 2001, he directed a film adaptation of Samuel Beckett's acclaimed play Waiting for Godot.

In addition to his television and film work, Lindsay-Hogg is also noted for his work in theater. He directed both the original 1978 production (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award) and 1980 revival of Whose Life Is It Anyway?. He also directed Broadway productions of Agnes of God (1982), and The Boys of Winter (1985). Off-Broadway, he helmed Larry Kramer's AIDS drama The Normal Heart in 1985.

In 2011, he published an autobiography entitled Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond chronicling his career and his relationship with his biological father Orson Welles. After a long hiatus from television and film work, Lindsay-Hogg began directing the television series Tinsel's Town in 2015.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lindsay-Hogg married the former Lucy Mary Davies in 1967; they divorced in 1971. Lucy Lindsay-Hogg subsequently became the second wife of the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon in 1978.[11]

For ten years, in the 1970s, Lindsay-Hogg was romantically involved with British actress Jean Marsh.[12] He had also been involved with Gloria Vanderbilt, who was the person who finally confirmed Welles' paternity to Lindsay-Hogg.[4]

In 1999, he acceded to the baronetage of Rotherfield Hall after the death of Edward Lindsay-Hogg.



Music video[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond (New York, 2011), passim
  2. ^ Hodgson, Moira (September 30, 2011). "A Director Casts About for Clues". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  3. ^ a b Lindsay-Hogg, Michael (2011). Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York and Points Beyond. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-307-59468-6. 
  4. ^ a b Witchel, Alex (September 30, 2011). "Are You My Father, Orson Welles?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  5. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (January 30, 2010). "The 'only son' of Orson Welles to take DNA test". Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  6. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (July 31, 2015). "On Patrick McGilligan's Young Orson". jonathanrosenbaum.net. Retrieved 2015-08-31. A careful fact-checker, McGilligan shoots down the popular notion that Welles was the father of Michael Lindsay-Hogg, after showing that the travel dates of the mother, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and the location of Welles at the time, on a separate continent, made this impossible. 
  7. ^ Adams, Bernard (July 19, 2005). "Geraldine Fitzgerald". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0512327/awards?ref_=nm_ql_2
  9. ^ Maslin, Janet (22 November 1995). "Original ''New York Times'' review". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4267448/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
  11. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/index735.htm
  12. ^ Sinmon Cable "I'm looking to find love again at 76, confesses Upstairs, Downstairs Jean Marsh", Daily Mail, 3 February 2011

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Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward William Lindsay-Hogg
(of Rotherfield Hall)
Succeeded by