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George Cukor Overview:

Legendary director, George Cukor, was born George Dewey Cukor on Jul 7, 1899 in New York City, NY. Cukor died at the age of 83 on Jan 24, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Despite an obvious predilection (and talent) for extracting the maximum warmth and character from major female stars, George Cukor stubbornly resisted the attempts of many critics to pigeonhole his talent. He created many films with characters one cares about, despite an often artificial setting, and all of his pictures were major studio (mostly MGM) productions.

He worked in the theatre from 1919, initially as stage manager, then as director from 1923. Brought to Hollywood in 1929 more or less as a dialogue director, Cukor's reputation as a 'woman's director' began in 1932 with What Price Hollywood, a scathing look at the film capital with Constance Bennett, and A Bill of Divorcement which introduced Katharine Hepburn. The Cukor/Hepburn association continued to flower in films such as Little Women, Holiday, Adam's Rib, The Philadelphia Story and Pat and Mike. Cukor also extracted above-average performances from Jean Harlow (in Dinner at Eight), Claudette Colbert (in Zaca), Joan Crawford (in a Woman's Face), Ingrid Bergman (in Gaslight), Judy Holliday (in Born Yesterday) and Judy Garland (in A Star is Born).

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George Cukor was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Director for My Fair Lady in 1964.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1932/33Best DirectorLittle Women (1933)N/ANominated
1940Best DirectorThe Philadelphia Story (1940)N/ANominated
1947Best DirectorA Double Life (1947)N/ANominated
1950Best DirectorBorn Yesterday (1950)N/ANominated
1964Best DirectorMy Fair Lady (1964)N/AWon

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

Two-Faced Woman (1941, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 20, 2017 From The Stop Button

Two-Faced Woman is the story of a successful New York magazine editor, played by Melvyn Douglas, who marries his ski instructor (Greta Garbo) while on vacation. It’s a whirlwind courtship, with one condition of the marriage (for Garbo) being Douglas is giving up New York. Turns out he’s not and off ... Read full article

Happy Birthday !

By Carol Martinheira on Jul 7, 2016 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Happy Birthday ! On July 7, 2016 By CarolIn Uncategorized The ultimate ‘actor’s director’, a label he acquired for his exceptional rapport with his actors and actresses, was perhaps never given the full credit he deserved. H... Read full article

Quote of the Week: on Greta Garbo

By KC on Apr 17, 2016 From Classic Movies

Garbo in 1931 She had a talent that few actresses or actors possess. In close-ups she gave the impression, the illusion of great movement. She would move her head just a little bit and the whole screen would come alive, like a strong breeze that made itself felt. -Director , about G... Read full article

Dinner at Eight (, 1933)

By Judy on Aug 14, 2015 From Movie Classics

This is my contribution to the Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon. Please do look at the great range of postings. “The most glamorous production of all time,” proclaims the original trailer to Dinner at Eight. Well, Jean Harlow’s astonishing dresses, made by Adrian, are certainly glamorou... Read full article

Oscar-Winning Director (as in “cucumber”)

By MargaretPerry on Feb 23, 2014 From Margaret Perry

was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Director, ultimately winning in 1965 for MY FAIR LADY (1964). His first nominations were for two of the 10 films he made with Katharine Hepburn, LITTLE WOMEN (1933) and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940). Producer Jack Warner, Audrey Hepburn, Re... Read full article

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Worked as Broadway director before going into the film business with Grumpy (1930).

He did not make a musical, or fully direct a film in color, until A Star Is Born (1954).

Described by British actor Leslie Phillips as "an absolute shit" in an interview with a local English magazine (in promotion for the film Venus (2006/I)). He said that Cukor "wouldn't listen to anybody", and that Gene Kelly had come up to him and said "Look, if you suggest anything he will take your balls off. So you tell me what your ideas are and I'll sell it to him.".

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