Vanity Will Get You Somewhere

Day 8 of Colourisation Project – May 15th

Debonair Hollywood film and stage actor, Joseph Cotten is today’s choice for colourisation. Born this day, 15th May 1905, Cotten first gained prominence on Broadway in stage productions such as The Philadelphia Story. Cotten’s career turned towards film after meeting Orson Welles and appearing in three of his films including Citizen Kane.   

Cotten soon became a leading Hollywood actor and went on to establish a long and successful career, spanning over four decades between 1938 and 1981. He was never out of work during this time and appeared in 79 films. His career came to an end in 1981 when he suffered a heart attack followed by a stroke. In 1987 he published his autobiography, Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. 

Joseph Cotten died in 1994 of pneumonia at the age of 88.


“Orson Welles lists Citizen Kane as his best film, Alfred Hitchcock opts for Shadow of a Doubt and Sir Carol Reed chose The Third Man – and I’m in all of them.”  –Joseph Cotten

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