Selection of items from the Cecil B. DeMille photographs. Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) was an American director, producer and screenwriter active in film between 1913 and 1959. In 1913 he formed a partnership with Jesse Lasky and Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn) called the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. The company soon merged with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players Film Company and ultimately became Paramount Pictures, where DeMille became a leading producer. An Academy founder, DeMille received a Special Award in 1949, and the Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1952. That year, he was also nominated for producing and directing THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, and took home an Oscar when it was named Best Picture of the year. Read more about the Cecil B. DeMille photographs.