Frank Capra, born on May 18, 1897, was an Italian American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Capra became one of America’s most influential directors during the 1930s, winning several Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture.
During World War II, Capra served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and produced wartime films, such as the Why We Fight series.
Yet today, Capra is remembered for Its a Wonderful Life (1946), starring Jimmy Stewart, which opened to unfavorable reviews but has become a beloved film that is watched by millions of people each year during the holidays.
Capra lived until he was 93 years old and passed away in 1991 in La Quinta, Calif.
“In these days of wars and rumors of wars, haven’t you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight?” -Frank Capra (1897-1991)