Vanda Krefft is the author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox (HarperCollins, November 2017), the first in-depth biography of Twentieth Century Fox founder William Fox. A former entertainment industry journalist based in Los Angeles, she has an BA in English and an MA in Communication, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
The Man who made the movies:The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox
William Fox is one of the most important figures in film history--the founder of the Fox Film Corporation (now Twentieth Century Fox), producer of hundreds of feature films, including the original Cleopatra, starring Theda Bara, John Ford's first epic western The Iron Horse, and F. W. Murnau's Sunrise, which is widely considered one of the best movies ever made. Fox also pioneered the foreign expansion of the American film industry; aggressively promoted the revolutionary sound-on-film technology, ensuring a rapid transition to talking pictures; and built many huge, spectacular movie palaces.
Yet, till now, Fox has been virtually forgotten. The reasons have to do with the dark circumstances surrounding his dismissal from power 1930--a management change, rooted in Wall Street corruption, that nearly ruined the studio and sent Fox into a tailspin of bitterness and despair.