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De Mille Dies! January 21, 1959

January 21, 2009 |  6:00 am

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"The greatest showman on earth."

This trailer for "The Ten Commandments" calls it "the greatest motion picture of all time." Hedda Hopper described the film's director, Cecil B. De Mille, "the greatest creator and showman of our industry."

But what is he today, 50 years after his death? Does De Mille remain the towering figure of cinema, or a shorthand reference to overblown costume dramas, remembered mostly for his cameo in "Sunset Boulevard?"

The Daily Mirror is asking readers to share their thoughts on Cecil B. De Mille. Send them in and I'll post them
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Raised in a religious atmosphere.
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Helped found Paramount Studios.
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Advocate  for religious tolerance.

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"Never a favorite with critics."




 
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