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A Life of Her Own (1950) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Voldemar Vetluguin.

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A Life Of Her Own (1950)

on Jun 30, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

A Life Of Her Own starts with such promise in its attempts to showcase the harsh world of the modeling industry.? Unfortunately, the script takes a left turn into domestic melodrama, complete with infidelity, undermining everything that’s been built up.? With engaging performances from Ann Dvo... Read full article


A Life of Her Own(1950).

By Dawn on Jan 13, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

A Life of Her Own(1950). Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Lana Turner, Ray Milland and Ann Dvorak Aspiring model Lily Brannel James, travels to New York City to apply to the Thomas Caraway Model Agency. After she is hired by Tom Caraway, Lily quickly become friends with former top model, Mar... Read full article


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Mary Ashlon: If it's not you it's somebody like you. Somebody fresh and new, not tired.


Lily Brannel James: I could put lipstick on like this too.
Steve Harleigh: Yeah, I know.
Lily Brannel James: That's right... you know.


Lily Brannel James: I can't live without you... but I'm going to. I'm gonna turn my back on ya Steve, I'm sorry.


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The ending in the original script had washed-up model Lily James, played by Lana Turner, at forty-five years of age working as a hotel maid. The original ending as filmed had Lily James committing suicide, following in the footsteps of Mary Ashton, the older model Lily meets earlier in the film who jumps to her death from a window. After filming finished in late March 1950 the film was shown to test audiences who gave such a negative reaction to this ending that retakes were done in mid-April 1950, to provide the film with the happier ending that's used in the finished film, much to the dismay of director George Cukor.
The haunting theme music here by Bronislau Kaper was reused two years later in MGM's _Invitation (1952)_, and under the title Invitation became an enduring jazz standard, especially associated with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson.
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