The Pianist Director Roman Polanski Arrested in Switzerland

Filmmaker Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland at the request of the United States of America.

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski had been wanted by the US authorities way back from 1978 because of pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl but skipped bail and fled to France before sentence was pronounced.

Roman Polanski Facts:

  • Born Raymond Polanski on August 18, 1933
  • He spent the first three years of his life in Paris with his Jewish-Polish parents before the family returned to Poland
  • His mother died in an Auschwitz gas chamber.
  • His first full-length feature film after graduation, "Knife in the Water", won a number of awards and, most important for Polanski, was his ticket to the West.
  • In August 1969, Polanski's wife, actress Sharon Tate, and six others, were hacked to death by followers of cult leader Charles Manson at his Hollywood home in a random attack.
  • Polanski won a best director Oscar and Cannes Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for "The Pianist"
  • He has also directed such film classics as "Chinatown", "Repulsion" and "Rosemary's Baby"
Roman Polanski was arrested trying to enter Switzerland to receive an award in Zurich.


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