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Ernst Lubitsch (1892—1947) was an American motion-picture director, born in Berlin, Germany. He achieved success in Germany as a director of historical costume films, such as "Madame DuBarry" (1919, in U.S. called "Passion"), "Anna Boleyn" (1920, in U.S. "Deception"), and "Das Weib des Pharao" (1921). He moved to the U.S. in 1922 to direct Mary Pickford in "Rosita" (1923) and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1933.

Warren Pinney was the manager of El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs, California from 1931 until World War II. The resort was a popular retreat for much of Hollywood's elite.

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Elsa and Albert Einstein with Ernst Lubitsch in Palm Springs, California : also present are Warren Pinney, and unidentified others, Leo Baeck Institute, F 5317C.