The Man Behind 'The King's Speech'

The King's Speech led this week's Oscar nominations with 12 nods, proving that even the most mundane-sounding plot—British royal overcomes speech impediment—can come to life with the right director and cast. To expand on the portrait of King George VI presented in the film, LIFE produced a gallery of images from the monarch's life, before and after he took the throne.



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