Updated: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:30:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Roman Polanski: Life in pictures

The Polish-French film director celebrates his 80th birthday on 18 August

Roman Polanski (© REX-David Fisher)
  • Roman Polanski (© REX-David Fisher)
  • The Krakow ghetto, 1941 (© AP)
  • Repulsion 1965 (© SNAP-Rex Features)
  • Rosemary's Baby 1968 (© SNAP-Rex Features)
  • Charles Manson; Sharon Tate (© AP; Everett Collection-Rex Features)
  • Chinatown 1974 (© Rex-Everett Collection)
  • Samantha Geimer (© Neal Preston-Corbis main picture ; AP inset)
  • Roman Polanski's chalet in the Swiss mountain resort of Gstaad, pictured in 2010 (© REUTERS-Denis Balibouse)
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Roman Polanski, the celebrated film director with the turbulent and controversial personal life, turns 80 this weekend. The remarkable career of the octogenarian filmmaker behind cinema classics including Chinatown (1974), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Repulsion (1965) has been shadowed by scandal - in 1977 he fled the U.S. after facing charges of sexual abuse against a 13-year-old girl and has never returned to stand trial, opting instead for a life of exile in Europe. He has also known great personal tragedy, having lost his mother in Auschwitz during WWII and his wife Sharon Tate in the notorious Manson murders of 1969.

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