The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank was published in 1947. When the book was published a lot of people were impacted. It started getting more and more famous all around the world. In no time 30 million copies of the book was sold. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett decided to make a play based on Anne Franks book. The play was a huge success and it was nominated for 8 Oscars and won 3. After George Stevens decided to make a movie about Anne Frank. There were some famous actors in the movie like, Shelley Winters playing Mrs. Van Pels and Millie Perkins as Anne Frank (pg.282, The Diary of a Young Girl).
Before it was ever made into a play or a movie, it first had to become a book. A lot of people were and still are impacted on the diary by Anne Frank. On August 4, 1944 Anne Frank and her family is found in the Secret Annex and arrested. One of the things she leaves behind is her diary, scattered all over the floor. Later ...view middle of the document...
Then again in 1952 the book was published in England and America. The diary by Anne Frank has been translated in over 70 languages and has sold more than 30 million copies. (pg. 59, The Young Writer Who Told the Whole Story.)
The book was such a big success they decided to make a play based on The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Of course Otto Frank was affected by the play. He accepted that the show could be performed but felt that he could not attend the show. Otto Frank wrote a letter to the production saying that “This play is a part of my life, and the idea that my wife and children as well as I will be presented on the stage is a painful one to me. Therefore it is impossible for me to come and see it.”(A Play and On Film) . The play was then first premiered in the Cort Theater in New York. It was a very big success. The performance won the Pulitzer award for Theater, the Tony award and the New York Critic’s Circle award for Best Play. It was as well staged in many other countries. The premiere in the Netherlands was on the 27th of November 1956. Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard took place at the premiere. The Anne Frank Museum says, “The play is such a moving experience there, that when the curtain falls there is a long drawn out silence.” As you can tell, the play based on the book by Anne Frank was such a big success. (A Play and on Film)
Because of the success from the play, George Stevens decides to make a movie. One of the actors in the movie is Shelley Winters. Shelley Winters plays the role as Mrs. Van Pels and does an amazing job. She won an Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress. Another actor is Millie Perkins. Perkins plays the part of Anne Frank. The movie was premiered on the 18th of March 1959. The film was nominated for 4 Oscars and won 3. As said before Shelley Winters wins an Oscar. They won an Oscar for the Best Cinematography, Black and White and an Oscar for The Best Art Set Decoration.
In 1947 when the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank got published a lot of people were impacted. It was almost sold out right away. They decided to make a play about the book. Frank doesn’t attend but the play turns into a huge success. In 1959, a film comes out based on the book.