Sam Spiegel and Max Steiner
The triad of German-speaking Old Austrians is completed by producer Sam Spiegel, who was born in 1901 in Jarosław in what is now Poland’s foothills of the Carpathians and, with the rise of Hitler, went through a true odyssey of emigration countries until he finally found his new home in Hollywood. Here, as a producer, he received the coveted Oscar trophy for best film three times, including 1963 for “Lawrence of Arabia”.
Born in Vienna, the composer Max Steiner learned from greats such as Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, but left Austria for England in 1904 at the age of 16 before finally docking in Hollywood. In 1935 he received his first Oscar for his soundtrack to “The Informer”, followed by that for “Now Voyager” in 1943 and for “Since You Went Away” in 1945.