Born June 5, 1931, in Pont Chateau, France; died of leukemia, October 27, 1990, in Paris, France. Director and screenwriter. As a young man, Demy studiedart and filmmaking in France, attending the Ecole Nationale de Photographie et Cinematographie and working with animator Paul Grimault and documentarist Georges Rouquier. In the early 1960s he began making feature-length movies, which became noted for their fairy-tale motif and elements of both romance andmelodrama. Among the best known of his films are Lola, La Baie des anges (Bay of the Angels), Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort), The Model Shop, Peau d'ane (Donkey Skin, The Magic Donkey), and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), for which he wonthe Palm d'Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.