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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:

Adam’s Rib (1949, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Oct 11, 2019 From The Stop Button

Adam?s Rib has a great script (by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin), but outside director Cukor not being as energetic as he could be?he might?ve been able to compensate?the script is the biggest problem with the film. There are the really obvious problems, like when Spencer Tracy gets reduced to a supp... Read full article

Gaslight (1944, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 5, 2018 From The Stop Button

At the end of Gaslight, when all has seemingly been revealed, there?s only one question left. If Scotland Yard inspector Joseph Cotten isn?t an American in London, why doesn?t anyone notice his lack of accent. It?s a wise choice not to give Cotten an accent?presumably he couldn?t do one?but it also ... Read full article

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

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Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Garden of Honor, unmarked. (Private area. Not accessible to the general public). Frances Goldwyn [Frances Howard], wife of mogul Samuel Goldwyn, is buried next to Cukor at her request because of her long, but unrequited love for him.

Enjoyed a successful working partnership with Katharine Hepburn, directing her in ten films over a period of 47 years: A Bill of Divorcement (1932), Little Women (1933), Sylvia Scarlett (1935), Holiday (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Keeper of the Flame (1942), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), Love Among the Ruins (1975) (TV), The Corn Is Green (1979) (TV).

He was famous as a sophisticated, witty personality but was also in the habit (mainly to be naughty) of blurting out unexpected profanities.

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