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de Mille, William C

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Theatre.

(1878-1955) US playwright, film director and screenwriter, older brother of Cecil B DeMille (1881-1959). (Note that although Cecil compressed his name to DeMille, William did not.) He wrote two plays of sf interest: "Food": A Tragedy of the Future in One Act (performed 1912 as Fifty Years from Now; 1914 chap) with Margaret Scott Oliver, a Satire in which food has become so expensive that a marriage may founder on the husband's jealous destruction of an egg given to his wife by a rich admirer; and "In 1999": A Problem Play of the Future (1914 chap), also a Satire, in this case presented a world in which sex roles (see Gender) have been completely reversed. [JC]

William Churchill de Mille

born Washington, D C: 25 July 1878

died Playa del Rey, California: 8 March 1955



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