Lucien Ballard Poster

Trivia (3)

Designed a special spotlight to light then-wife Merle Oberon's face that had sustained scars in a near-fatal car crash in London in 1937. The device known as the "Obie" (Oberon's nickname) is usually mounted next to the camera where it lights the subject's face head on, thus reducing the incidence of unflattering facial lines and shadows.

Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

According to Henryk Hoffmann's 'A' Western Filmmakers: A Biographical Dictionary, Lucien Ballard was part Cherokee (p. 189).