- Mary C. Kalfatovic
Hathaway, Henry (13 March 1898–11 February 1985), film director, was born Henri Leopold de Fiennes in Sacramento, California, the son of Rhoady de Fiennes, a theatrical manager, and Jean Hathaway, an actress and singer. The family later took the name of Hathaway. Hathaway’s early childhood was spent in San Francisco. In about 1910, the family moved to southern California when Hathaway’s mother signed up as a performer with the American Film Company. Hathaway and his sister played child roles in American Film Company productions, which were mostly short, one-reel (ten-minute) westerns shot outdoors near the Mexican border. In 1912 Hathaway and his family left American Film to freelance for the Ince, Universal, and Christie motion picture companies. Hathaway’s formal education was scant. In 1915 he quit school altogether and went to work as a property man at Universal Pictures....