The moment I took the idea to the BBC, they grasped it with both hands, and in a sense they are the only people who could help pull it offBBC to air all 37 Shakespeare plays Nov 18, 2007
I've decided to treat it as a large bank loan that I can pay off in installments over the next 30 yearsDirector Mendes to get lifetime award Feb 17, 2005
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Conrad was not only one of the greatest cinematographers who ever lived but was also a wonderful man who touched everyone he worked withHollywood Digest Jan 06, 2003
Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English stage and film director. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning work on his debut film American Beauty (1999) and his dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996) and Gypsy (2003).
Mendes was born in Reading, Berkshire to Valerie Helene (née Barnett), an author of children's books, and Jameson Peter Mendes, a university professor. His father is from Trinidad's ethnic Portuguese community, and his mother an English Jew. His grandfather is the Trinidadian writer Alfred Mendes. He attended Magdalen College School, Oxford and later he graduated from Cambridge with a BA in English.
Mendes first attracted attention for his production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in the West End which starred Judi Dench before he was twenty-five years old. Soon he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company where his productions, many of them featuring Simon Russell Beale, included Troilus and Cressida, Richard III and The Tempest.