ORSON WELLES, ENGLAND, OCTOBER, 1972
THE WATERMARK AND THE SIGNATURE ON THE IMAGE WILL NOT BE PRESENT ON AN ORIGINAL PRINT.
David Steen: “He made Citizen Kane in 1942 when he was 25 years old. Thirty years later, when this photograph was taken, he was often derided (‘America’s youngest living has-been’ was coined while he was still in his twenties) and he himself admitted that he began at the top and ‘had been working my way down ever since.’ He worked less and ate more and was so fat at one stage that he couldn’t walk. When I photographed him he was in a wheelchair.
Every one of us with him that day knew that we were in the presence of a genius.”
George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theatre, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media, most notably Caesar (1937), a groundbreaking Broadway adaption of Julius Caesar and the debut of the Mercury Theatre; The War of the Worlds (1938), the most famous broadcast in the history of radio; and Citizen Kane (1941), which many critics and scholars name as the best film of all time.