Ludwig Bemelmans

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Birthday
27, 1898
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Oct 1, 1962 (64)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
27, 1898
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Oct 1, 1962 (64)

About

Famous for writing and illustrating the popular Madeline children's series, this early 20th-century author also penned travel and humor books and collaborated with Jacques Théry and Irving Brecher on the screenplay for the 1945 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Yolanda and the Thief.

Before Fame

The culmination of his troubled youth was an episode in which he shot and severely injured a fellow hotel employee. As a result of this incident, he moved to America and joined the United States Army before becoming a cartoonist and writer.

Trivia

His second Madeline book, Madeline's Rescue, won the Caldecott Medal for illustration.

Family Life

Born in Meran, Austria-Hungary (present-day Italy), he grew up in Austria and Germany as the son of a Belgian artist father and a German mother. His marriage to Madeleine Freund resulted in a daughter named Barbara.

Associated With

Actor Christopher Plummer narrated the 1990s animated television version of Bemelmans' Madeline stories.