Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski


8/18/1933, Paris, France

Birth Name

Rajmund Roman Liebling



Also Known As

Roman Polansky
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Roman Polanski was born in France to a Polish-Jewish father and a Polish Catholic mother. Unhappily, they returned home to Poland in 1937 and both ended in concentration camps, Roman's mother dying in Auschwitz. Roman escaped the camps and hid in the Polish countryside for some years. At…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1975, Roman won a BAFTA Film Award at the BAFTA Awards in the category of Best Direction for his 1974 film Chinatown.

    • In 2003, Roman won the Ecumenical Film Award at the Norwegian International Film Festival for his 2002 film The Pianist.

    • In 1995, Roman was nominated for an International Fantasy Film Award at the Fantasporto Awards in the category of Best Film for his 1994 film Death and the Maiden.

    • In 1969, Roman was nominated for an Edgar Award at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards in the category of Best Motion Picture for his 1968 film Rosemary's Baby.

    • In 2003, Roman was given the Honorary Award at the Bavarian Film Awards.

    • Roman was offered the chance to direct the 1976 film King Kong but turned it down.

    • Entertainment Weekly voted Roman the 26th Greatest Director of all time.

    • Roman stands at 5' 5" or 1.65 m.

    • In 2004, Roman was honored with the Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

    • In 1999, Roman was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm Film Festival.

    • In 2003, Roman won the Audience Award at the Turia Awards in the category of Best Foreign Film for the 2002 film The Pianist.

    • In 1969, Roman was nominated for a WGA Award (Screen) at the Writers Guild of America, USA Awards in the category of Best Written American Drama for his 1968 film Rosemary's Baby.

    • Roman won an Oscar for Best Director for his 2002 film The Pianist, which drew partially from his own personal experiences during WWII.

    • Roman was on the jury of the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, which famously got cancelled after students and labor strikes disrupted the festival and the jury walked out in solidarity.

    • Roman's father and himself are Holocaust survivors. Romans dad was Jewish and his mom was Roman Catholic.

    • Roman children's names are Morgane and Elvis.

    • Roman lost his unborn child being carried by Sharon Tate during the Tate, Labianca murders by Manson.

    • The judge who was trying the case of Roman and his rape charge swore he would have Roman behind bars no matter what. The judge died in 1989 but Polanski still can't return to the US. If he does he will be arrested.

    • Roman has not been back to the US since 1978.

    • Roman has 2 children from his current wife.

    • Roman then married Emmanuelle Seigner on August 30 1989 whom he is is still married to.

    • Roman was then married to Sharon Tate on January 20, 1968 and remained married until her death in 1969.

    • Roman was married several times. His first wife was Barbara Lass whom he married on September 19, 1959. He divorced her in 1962.

    • Roman fled the US again following this production after being accused for statutory rape of a 13 year old girl.

    • Roman returned to the US in 1974 where he made the movie Chinatown. Which appeared to begin his career again in the States.

    • Roman lost his wife Sharon Tate in 1969 by the infamous Charles Manson. Roman returned to Europe.

    • Roman went to Hollywood in 1968 where he achieved his reputation for his film Rosemary's Baby.

    • Many of Roman's first shows were filled with Black Humor and bizarre human relationships.

    • Roman studied acting at the Lodz School of Acting.

    • Roman then attended a technical school.

    • Roman eventually reunited with his father in 1945.

    • Roman was left homeless in his younger years where he learned to survive by wandering the streets in Poland and living with different Catholic Families.

    • Roman's parents were taken to a concentration camp where his mother died.

    • Roman's parents went back to Poland, leaving France 2 years before WWII.

    • To his friends Roman is known by the nickname of Romek.

  • Quotes

    • Roman: Every failure made me more confident. Because I wanted even more to achieve as revenge. To show that I could.

    • Roman: (on Harrison Ford) Often when Harrison read a line, it was a different reading than I anticipated, but it worked. Somehow, it was more inspiring or original than what I had in mind.

    • Roman: (on Faye Dunaway) She was a gigantic pain in the ass. She demonstrated certifiable proof of insanity.

    • Roman Polanski: You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.

    • Roman Polanski: Whenever I get happy, I always have a terrible feeling.

    • Roman Polanski: People like Truffaut, Lelouch and Godard are like little kids playing at being revolutionaries. I've passed through this stage. I lived in a country where these things happened seriously.

    • Roman Polanski: Normal love isn't interesting. I assure you that it's incredibly boring.

    • Roman Polanski: My films are the expression of momentary desires. I follow my instincts, but in a disciplined way.

    • Roman Polanski: In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it's on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.

    • Roman Polanski: If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.

    • Roman Polanski: I want people to go to the movies. I am the man of the spectacle. I'm playing.

    • Roman Polanski: I see Macbeth as a young, open-faced warrior, who is gradually sucked into a whirpool of events because of his ambition. When he meets the weird sisters and hears their prophecy, he's like the man who hopes to win a million-a gambler for high stakes.

    • Roman Polanski: I never made a film which fully satisfied me.

    • Roman Polanski: I know that atmosphere of the Parisian apartment building, with the twin menaces of the concierge on the ground floor and the landlord upstairs.

    • Roman Polanski: I don't really know what is shocking. When you tell the story of a man who is beheaded, you have to show how they cut off his head. If you don't, it's like telling a dirty joke and leaving out the punch line.

    • Roman Polanski: I can only say that whatever my life and work have been, I'm not envious of anyone-and this is my biggest satisfaction.

    • Roman Polanski: Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.