Books on DeMille

More than fifty books about Cecil B. DeMille have been published in the last ninety years. The books shown here are biographies that utilized the De Mille Archives. The books below deal in part with DeMille but are recognized references.

Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic


Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic uses unseen art in the De Mille Archives to illustrate DeMille’s career achievements. The book features concept paintings by Dan Sayre Groesbeck and Boris Leven; costume sketches by Travis Banton and Mitchell Leisen; and photographic portraits by Edward S. Curtis, George Hurrell, and Yousuf Karsh.

Cecilia de Mille Presley shares her reminiscences of working on her grandfather’s films. Mark A. Vieira’s narrative includes previously unpublished archival information and his photographs of DeMille artifacts.

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The Autobiography of Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille, with Donald Hayne
Prentice-Hall, 1959


Cecil B. DeMille
Charles Higham
Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1973


The Register of the Cecil B. DeMille Archives
James V. D’Arc, Editor
Brigham Young University Press, 1991


L’Ereditá DeMille
Paolo Cherchi Usai
Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, 1991


Cecil B. DeMille and American Culture: The Silent Era
Sumiko Higashi
University of California Press, 1994


Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood
Robert S. Birchard
The University Press of Kentucky, 2004


Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille
Scott Eyman
Simon and Schuster, 2005

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