Sir Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 5th Baronet

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Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg

Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 4th Baronet and Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lady Lindsay-Hogg
Ex-husband of Lucy Mary Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon
Half brother of <private> Scheftel

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About Sir Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 5th Baronet

Sir Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 5th Baronet (born May 5, 1940) is a British television and stage director and an occasional writer and actor.

Background and early work

Lindsay-Hogg was born in New York City to actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, and was educated at Trinity School in New York and at Choate School in Connecticut. Fitzgerald and her husband, Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 4th Baronet (1910-1999), led him to believe that he was their natural son. But his biological father was Orson Welles, the actor and film and theatrical director. For years, rumors about his true parentage abounded, but Lindsay-Hogg was uninterested in them. He met Welles, acted with him in Ireland, and continued to meet with him sporadically during the rest of Welles' life. Lindsay-Hogg's step-father was Stuart Scheftel, who married Geraldine Fitzgerald when Michael was six, after she had divorced Sir Edward.

His career began directing the 1960s British pop programme Ready Steady Go!, a forerunner of MTV-type programming. This work led to an unaired television special, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968), which was finally released in 1996.

In January 2010 came word that Lindsay-Hogg was going to take a DNA test to determine if famed American filmmaker Orson Welles, who was friend of the family's, was in fact his father. The test was inconclusive, as the hair used in the test did not contain a follicle. Confirmation of his true parentage came after Lindsay-Hogg sent a copy of his unpublished autobiography to his mother's friend Gloria Vanderbilt, who confirmed that Welles was his father. Lindsay-Hogg's memoir, Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond, was published in the fall of 2011.

Lindsay-Hogg married the former Lucy Mary Davies in 1967; they divorced in 1971. Lucy Lindsay-Hogg subsequently became the second wife of the photographer Lord Snowdon in 1978.

For ten years, in the 1970s, Lindsay-Hogg was romantically involved with British actress Jean Marsh. He had also been involved with Gloria Vanderbilt, who was the person who finally confirmed Welles' paternity to Lindsay-Hogg.

He acceded to the baronetcy in 1999, upon the death of his legal father, Sir Edward Lindsay-Hogg.


Some of his notable films include Nasty Habits (1977), The Sound of Murder (1982), The Object of Beauty with Andie MacDowell and John Malkovich (1991), Frankie Starlight (1995) and Waiting for Godot (2001).(Budgie 1971-72)

Off-Broadway, he helmed Larry Kramer's AIDS drama The Normal Heart, produced at The Public Theater by Joseph Papp in 1985. For Broadway, he directed both the original 1979 production (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award) and revival (1980) of Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Agnes of God (1982), and The Boys of Winter (1985).

Much of Lindsay-Hogg's work has been in television, most notably the first six installments of the Granada Television's highly acclaimed eleven-part series Brideshead Revisited, which aired in the US on PBS in 1981. Other credits include Professional Foul by Tom Stoppard (1977), Anton Chekov's The Seagull (1978), Simon and Garfunkel/The Concert in Central Park (1982), Faerie Tale Theatre episode Thumbelina (1984), Master Harold...and the Boys with Matthew Broderick (1985), As Is (1986), Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert (1987), the series Marsalis on Music (1995), and an adaptation of Horton Foote's Alone (1997).

In 1994 he was credited for direction of A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend. This was a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall produced by Roger Daltrey of English rock band The Who in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. In 1994 a CD and a VHS video were issued, and in 1998 a DVD was released.

The Beatles

On 19 & 20 May 1966 Lindsay-Hogg directed two pairs of film clips (then known as "filmed inserts") to promote The Beatles current single Paperback Writer.

On 4 September 1968 at Twickenham Film Studios Hogg directed the promotional film for the new single "Hey Jude" with Paul McCartney himself designing the set. The event is also memorable as it marked Ringo Starr's return to the group after a two-week hiatus, during which he had announced that he had left the band. The final cut was a combination of several different takes, twelve having been filmed during the entire days session, according to the actor Marc Sinden who was in the film along with his brother Jeremy.

In 1970, he directed the full-length documentary Let It Be.

In 2000, he directed the VH1 television movie entitled Two of Us, named after the song of the same name, a track from The Beatles' final album, Let It Be. The movie is a fictionalized account of 24 April 1976, (six years after the break-up of The Beatles) the day Lorne Michaels made a statement on Saturday Night Live in which he offered The Beatles $3000.00 to appear on his program. The story is told through a series of conversations between John Lennon (Jared Harris) and Paul McCartney (Aidan Quinn).

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May 5, 1940
New York, NY, USA