Lionel Banks

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Lionel Cornelius Banks (born June 22, 1901 in Salt Lake City , Utah , † March 20, 1950 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American production designer .


Lionel Banks was born in 1901 to Cornelius Hopkin Banks (1873-1961) and Mattie Luella Bess (1879-1929) in Salt Lake City . He started his film career in 1935 as a production designer and was signed by Columbia Pictures in 1937 , where he was the first time art director for Leo McCarey's comedy The Terrible Truth . By 1948 he was involved in more than 200 film productions, working with some well-known directors such as Frank Capra , George Cukor and Howard Hawks .

In the course of his career he was nominated seven times for the Oscar in the category Best Production Design - mostly with other production designers . B. for Cukor's The Bride 's Sister (1938) with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant , Capra's Mr. Smith goes to Washington (1939) with James Stewart or Charles Vidor's Technicolor film musical Es tanzttanzt (1944) with Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly . However, he never won the Oscar. In 1948 he designed the sets for a film one last time. Banks, who was married to Adalena Lavee Peterson (1905–1960), died in 1950 at the age of only 48 in Mandeville Canyon , a neighborhood in western Los Angeles.

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