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This 'Actors' director' successfully brought to the screen a number of stage hits and best-selling novels in the 1950s. From the stage came "Come Back, Little Sheba" (1952), "The Rose Tattoo" (1955)--both of which he had previously directed on Broadway--and "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956). From best-sellers came "The Last Angry Man" (1959) and "Butterfield 8" (1960).
Mann was noted for coaxing bravura performances from actresses, three of whom won Oscars under his direction: Shirley Booth ("Come Back, Little Sheba"), Anna Magnani ("The Rose Tattoo") and Elizabeth Taylor ("Butterfield 8"). But he was also criticized for allowing his stars to indulge themselves in over-the-top performances and for his artless, almost functional style. In the 60s, Mann branched out into comedy with the Dean Martin vehicles "Who's Got the Action?" (1962) and "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?" (1963), and the James Coburn espionage spoof "Our Man Flint" (1965). Mann's most notable work for TV was the Arthur Miller concentration camp drama "Playing For Time" (1980), which netted an Emmy for Vanessa Redgrave.
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Appeared (in a canoe) in film, "Glorifying the American Girl" before attending the Neighborhood Playhouse
Directed stage productions in Canada
Performed in Broadway production and on tour in "Pins and Needles"
Joined the Actors Laboratory in Los Angeles
Taught at Max Reinhardt's theater workshop
Served in the Far East with the US Infantry Special Services
First film credit, as dialogue director on "The Counterfeiters"
Directed summer tryout of "Come Back, Little Sheba" at Westport Playhouse, CT
Directed Broadway production of "Come Back, Little Sheba"
Directed Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams's "The Rose Tattoo"
Directed first feature film, "Come Back Little Sheba"
TV directing debut, "Another Part of the Forest"