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Ronald Neame
Born 23 April 1911 (1911-04-23) (age 98)
London, England
Spouse(s) Beryl Heanly (1932-1973)
Donna Friedberg (1993-)

Ronald Neame, CBE (born 23 April 1911, London) is a British film cinematographer, producer, screenwriter, and director.

Neame's parents were the photographer Elwin Neame and the actress Ivy Close. He studied at the University College School and Hurstpierpoint College. His father died in 1923,[1] and Neame took a job with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company as an office boy. Later, through his mother's contacts in the British film industry, Neame started at Elstree Studios as a messenger boy.[2].

Neame's first professional credit was as an assistant cameraman on Blackmail (1929), his only work with director Alfred Hitchcock. His own career as a cinematographer began with the musical comedy Happy (1933), and he continued to develop his skills in various "quota quickies" films for several years.

His later credits as cinematographer include Major Barbara (1941), In Which We Serve (1942), This Happy Breed (1944), and Blithe Spirit (1945). He was a producer on Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946), and Oliver Twist (1948), among his work with Cineguild, the production company that he formed with David Lean. Neame was later the producer of The Magic Box, the 1951 film project for the Festival of Britain.

In 1947, Neame turned his attention to direction with Take My Life. He worked again with Alec Guinness as the director of three of Guinness' films, The Card (1952), The Horse's Mouth (1958), and Tunes of Glory (1960). Neame has described Tunes of Glory as "the film I am proudest of".[2].

Neame's other directorial credits include I Could Go On Singing (1963); Judy Garland's last film also featured Dirk Bogarde. Neame was recruited to direct the 1972 film of The Poseidon Adventure after the originally contracted director left the production. He later characterised The Poseidon Adventure as "my favourite film".[2]

In 1996, Neame was awarded the CBE for his contributions to the film industry. He also has a residence in Beverly Hills. In 2003, Neame published an autobiography, Straight from the Horse's Mouth (ISBN 978-0810844902).

Neame was married to Beryl Heanly from 1932 to 1973, when they divorced. The couple had one son, Christopher, who himself is a film writer and producer. Neame's second marriage was in 1993 to Donna Friedberg.

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