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A Star is Born Overview:

A Star is Born (1954) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Jack L. Warner, Sidney Luft and Vern Alves.

A Star is Born was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2000.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorJames MasonNominated
Best ActressJudy GarlandNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Malcolm Bert, Gene Allen, Irene Sharaff; Set Decoration: George James HopkinsNominated
Best Costume DesignJean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, Irene SharaffNominated
Best Music - ScoringRay HeindorfNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by Ira GershwinNominated

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Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage (1934) – a star is born

By Carol Martinheira on May 24, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage (1934) – a star is born On May 24, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was a time when Bette Davis was not a star. Yet, between 1930 and 1933 she was mostly a supporting player with little scree... Read full article

A Star is Born (2018)

By Alyson on Jan 23, 2019 From The Best Picture Project

A Star is Born is a story that seems to be revived every couple decades. The first film was in 1937. A remake with Judy Garland and James Mason came in 1954. And another came to be with Barbara Streisand in 1976. Now, with Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper stars and has made his directorial debut with his n... Read full article

A Star is Born - FINALLY!

By FlickChick on Oct 5, 2018 From A Person in the Dark

Let me get this out of the way - I absolutely love this latest version of "A Star is Born." There's no denying it - Lady Gaga is a star Having seen all prior versions, as well as the inspirational "What Price Hollywood?", I consider this one film story that periodically begs a remake/update becau... Read full article

Who is “A Star is Born” about?

on Oct 5, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

What Hollywood figures inspired the characters in ?A Star is Born?? When I started out this post, I was ready with a relatively simple answer after learning about this in an April 2018 interview with William Wellman, Jr. at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival. But the more I researched, ... Read full article

Musical Monday: A Star is Born (1954)

on Oct 1, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: A Star Is Born (1954)?? Musi... Read full article

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Quotes from

Matt Libby: This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, with a whimper.

Oliver Niles: You know Libby you missed a lot not knowing Norman Maine.
Matt Libby: Not knowing him? I spent my life knowing him. I knew what he was going to do before he did it. I knew him backwards.
Oliver Niles: You didn't know him at all. He was quite a guy.

Matt Libby: [after being introduced to Esther] Esther Blodgett? Well, we'll do something about that. Anyway, nice to have you with us.

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Facts about

Because the role of Norman Maine is that of a has-been actor, it was rejected by Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Cary Grant (who at first accepted it) before being finally accepted by James Mason.
Judy Garland was nominated for an Oscar as best actress and James Mason was nominated for best actor. These two nominations are the first time in Academy Awards history for two people in the same film playing roles for which different people were earlier nominated for Oscars: Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in the 1937 version.
Judy Garland did not attend the 1955 Academy Awards, where she was nominated as Best Actress for her portrayal of Vicki Lester in A Star Is Born, because she was in hospital after giving birth to her third child and only son Joey Luft.
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A Star is Born

Released 1954
Inducted 2000

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