Curtis Bernhardt (Kurt Bernhardt) (15 April 1899 – 22 February 1981) was a German film director born in Worms, Germany. Some of his American films were called “woman’s films” including the Joan Crawford film Possessed (1947). Bernhardt trained as an actor in Germany, and performed on the stage, before starting as a film director in 1926. Other films include A Stolen Life (1946) starring Bette Davis and Sirocco (1951) starringHumphrey Bogart. Bernhardt directed films in France and England before moving on to Hollywood to work for Warner Brothers in 1940. Bernhardt produced and directed his last Hollywood picture Kisses for My President (1964) about the nation’s first female Chief Executive starring Polly Bergen and Fred MacMurray.