Cecil Blount DeMille was an American filmmaker. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) won the Academy Award for Best Picture. He is best known for The Ten Commandments (1956).
Cecil Blount DeMille, born in 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, and grew up in Washington, North Carolina. His father, Henry de Mille, was a North Carolina-born dramatist and lay reader in the Episcopal Church. His mother was Beatrice Samuel, whose parents were both of German Jewish heritage. She emigrated from England with her parents in 1871 when she was 18, and they settled in Brooklyn. DeMille's mother was related to British politician Herbert Louis Samuel. His father's Dutch surname was originally spelled de Mil and then became de Mille.
DeMille married Constance Adams on August 16, 1902 and had one child, Cecilia.
He died of a heart ailment at age 77 on January 21, 1959 and is entombed at the Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now known as Hollywood Forever).
"United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4DW-B1Z : 8 April 2016), Cecil Blount Demille, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).