Remembering Orson Welles: The Man Who Lived a Life Like No Other

Not So Happy- Welles Initial Days

Born to the incredible bright family; his mother was a concert pianist, and his father was the inventor of carbide lamp who makes a living by inventing lamps for bicycles. Despite being from a very brilliant pedigree, Welles childhood was beyond happiness.

His parents separated when he was 4, then his mother died of jaundice, and his father’s business starts faltering. Six years later, after his mother’s death, Welles’s father, an alcoholic, died, leaving Orson lone at the age of fifteen.


1941: Orson Welles takes the lead role in his film ‘Citizen Kane’, directed by himself for RKO. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Stability comes into his life when Maurice Bernstein took Welles in his life and became his legal guardian. The Maurice saw his talents and enrolled him in a Todd School in Woodstock, where the Welles found his love for theater.

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