James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). His success directing the 1928 play Journey's End led to his move to the United States, first to direct the play on Broadway and then to Hollywood to direct motion pictures. There he met his longtime companion, producer David Lewis. While visiting Curtis Harrington in Paris, Whale met a 25-year-old bartender, Pierre Foegel, who Harrington believed was nothing but "a hustler out for what he could get". The 62-year-old Whale was smitten with the younger man and hired him as his chauffeur. Whale returned to California in November 1952 and advised Lewis that he planned to bring Foegel over early the following year. Appalled, Lewis moved out of their home. While this ended their 23-year romantic relationship, the two men remained friends. Whale committed suicide by drowning himself in his swimming pool on May 29, 1957. He left a suicide note, which Lewis withheld until shortly before his own death decades later. Whale was interred in the Columbarium of Memory at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. When Lewis died in 1987, his executor and Whale biographer, James Curtis, had his ashes interred in a niche across from Whale's. Whale's final months are the subject of the novel Father of Frankenstein (1995) by Christopher Bram. His home is now The Hideaway Hotel, designed by modernist architect Herbert Burns.
Timeline & Places:
• December 14, 1903: born.
• 1930 to 1952: lived at 4565 Dundee Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA, sharing with James Whale
• March 13, 1987: died. Buried at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, 1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205, Stati Uniti. Buried near James Whale (July 22, 1893 – May 29, 1957).