Frank Borzage (April 23, 1894 – June 19, 1962) was an Academy Award-winning American film director and actor, best remembered for directing '7th Heaven' (1927), 'Street Angel' (1928), 'Bad Girl' (1931), 'Man's Castle' (1933), 'The Mortal Storm' (1940) and 'Moonrise' (1948).

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of fourteen children, and in 1912, Frank Borzage found employment as an actor in Hollywood; he continued to work as an actor until 1917. His directorial debut came in 1915 with the film, 'The Pitch o' Chance.'

Borzage was a successful director throughout the 1920s but reached his peak in the late silent and early sound era. He developed his own style of lushly visual romanticism in a hugely successful series of films starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, including '7th Heaven' (1927), for which he won the first Academy Award for Best Director, 'Street Angel' (1928) and' Lucky Star' (1929). He won a second Oscar for 1931's 'Bad Girl'.

He directed 14 films between 1917 and 1919 alone, his greatest success in the silent era was with 'Humoresque', a box office winner starring Vera Gordon.

Borzage's trademark was intense identification with the feelings of young lovers in the face of adversity, with love in his films triumphing over such trials as World War I ('7th Heaven' and 'A Farewell to Arms'), disability ('Lucky Star'), ans also the Depression ('Man's Castle'), as well as other poignant themes.

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