A Star Is Born Overview:

A Star Is Born (1937) was a Drama Film directed by William A. Wellman and Jack Conway and produced by David O. Selznick.

SYNOPSIS

The archetypal Hollywood tragedy, this depicts the star-crossed romance of two silver-screen stars, one just starting to shine, the other falling to earth. March plays an aging matinee idol whose battle with the bottle has made him a risk to studio executive Menjou and a constant problem for PR man Stander. At a party, March offhandedly offers to make Gaynor, a young hopeful waiting for her big break, a movie star. After their first screen appearance together, March's offer is fulfilled, and Gaynor becomes adored as he becomes unemployable, falling first to a sanitorium, then to jail, and, finally, to suicidal despair. The marvelous, fully imagined characters borrow aspects of the lives of classic-era stars such as John Gilbert, John Barrymore, and Wallace Reid. The script was worked by many hands, but the biting dialogue bears the stamp of famed wit Dorothy Parker. This fascinates film fans for its insider's look at the making of a star and life at the '30s-era studios. It also inspired three remakes, in 1954, 1976 and 2018.

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Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorFredric MarchNominated
Best ActressJanet GaynorNominated
Best DirectorWilliam A. WellmanNominated
Best PictureSelznick International PicturesNominated
Best WritingWilliam A. Wellman, Robert CarsonWon
Best WritingDorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Robert CarsonNominated
Special AwardTo W. Howard Greene for the color photography of A Star Is Born. (This Award was recommended by a committee of leading cinematographers after viewing all the color pictures made during the year.)Won
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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


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Quotes from

Grandmother Lettie: Esther, everyone in this world who has ever dreamed about better things has been laughed at, don't you know that? But there's a difference between dreaming and doing. The dreamers just sit around and moon about how wonderful it would be if only things were different. And the years roll on and by and by they grow and they forget everything, even about their dreams. Oh yes, you want to be somebody, but you want it to be easy. Oh you modern girls give me a pain!


Grandmother Lettie: Tragedy is a test of courage. If you can meet it bravely, it will leave you bigger than it found you. If not than you will have to live all you life as a coward, because no matter where you may run you can never run away from yourself.


Oliver Niles: Now, I'm going to turn you over to our demon press agent, Libby. Don't let him frighten you. He has a heart of gold... only harder.


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Facts about

The first all-color film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
The movie's line "Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine." was voted as the #52 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
David O. Selznick originally rejected the story, as films about Hollywood had generally failed, but was persuaded to do the film by his wife Irene Mayer Selznick. Writer-director William A. Wellman had alternately suggested a sequel to The Public Enemy, titled "Another Public Enemy".
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