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Job director, cinematographer, actor, writer, producer
Years active 1915-1970
Top Roles Knock him into that pigpen, Chris!, Butler
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Film Adaptation, Biographical, Musical
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George Stevens Overview:

Legendary director, George Stevens, was born George Cooper Stevens on Dec 18, 1904 in Oakland, CA. Stevens died at the age of 70 on Mar 8, 1975 in Lancaster, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

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George Stevens was one of the most versatile, talented and successful in Hollywood, particularly during the 1930s and 1940s. He showcased many of the film capital's most prominent actresses to great effect, whether in comedy or drama -- among them were Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Irene Dunne, Joan Fontaine, Jean Arthur and Elizabeth Taylor, all of whom worked for him more than once. He also made several outstandingly entertaining films in various genres during this period (although he was only once nominated for an Oscar during this time).

After 1950, Stevens suffered from a case of the 'David Leans,' taking months to prepare a film, and months more to shoot it. Some of the results were very effective in a rather more grandiose and ponderous way than before, and Stevens was rewarded with two Academy Awards, for A Place in the Sun and Giant.

The child of acting parents, George Stevens found himself on stage at the age of five, but his interest in photography led him to try his luck in films as an assistant cameraman. By the late 1920s, he had progressed to cinematographer, shooting many of Laurel and Hardy's classic silent comedies for Hal Roach, including Two Tars. After making a start as a director on two-reelers form 1930, he made his way to RKO where he directed more shorts and a couple of minor feature comedies before making his first big impact with Alice Adams starring Katherine Hepburn.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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George Stevens was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two for Best Director for A Place in the Sun and Giant in 1951 and 1956 respectively. He also won one Honorary Award in 1953 George Stevens .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best DirectorThe More the Merrier (1943)N/ANominated
1951Best DirectorA Place in the Sun (1951)N/AWon
1953Best DirectorShane (1953)N/ANominated
1956Best PictureGiant (1956)N/ANominated
1956Best DirectorGiant (1956)N/AWon
1959Best DirectorThe Diary of Anne Frank (1959)N/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1953IRVING G. THALBERG MEMORIAL AWARDGeorge Stevens

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. George Stevens's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #113 on Sep 26, 1956.

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The Best Films of

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 31, 2014 From 4 Star Films

1. Shane 2. Giant 3. Swing Time 4. A Place in the Sun 5. Gunga Din 6. The More the Merrier 7. I Remember Mama 8. The Talk of the Town 9. Woman of the Year 10. The Diary of Anne Frank 11. Alice Adams 12. Vivacious Lady 13. Penny Serenade... Read full article


Versatility, a rule for

By Aurora on Mar 9, 2014 From Once Upon a Screen

In 1939 was Hollywood’s youngest director.  At that point he was 34 years old and had already directed several notable films that didn’t fit into a mold.  These films included Vivacious Lady, a romantic comedy starring Ginger Rogers and James Stewart, Swing Time, a musical... Read full article


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Grandson of actress Georgia Woodthorpe.

President of the Screen Directors Guild. [1941-1943]

As a cinematographer at Hal Roach Studios, he is credited with saving the film career of young British comic Stan Laurel. Laurel's pale blue eyes would register as an unnatural white on orthochromatic film, the standard film in use at that time. Stevens knew of panchromatic film and was able to get a supply of it from Chicago. This film was sensitive to blue so that Laurel's eyes would photograph more naturally. Laurel would use Stevens for his short films at Roach. When Stan Laurel was teamed up with Oliver Hardy, the team make Stevens their cameraman of choice.

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