English director of Hollywood is an Extraordinary Kind of Temporary Place.
He worked as an actor while in school.
He was also involved in politics, specifically the Conservative party, and directed a political broadcast during the 1992 UK general election.
He was born into a middle-class Jewish family. His father Berbard Schlesinger was a pediatrician and his mother Winifred was a musician.
His 1967 film Far From the Madding Crowd starred Julie Christie.