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George Cukor

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George Cukor

American film directoradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1899.

Countries: United States (60%), United Kingdom (21%), California (4%)

Main connections: Rich and Famous (1981 film), Ruth Gordon, California

Linked to: Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., City College of New York, DeWitt Clinton High School




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George Cukor was born in 1899 add something


As a child, Cukor appeared in several amateur plays and took dance lessons, and at the age of seven he performed in a recital with David O. Selznick, who in later years would become a mentor and friend. add something


Following his graduation in 1917, Cukor was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in law. add something


He halfheartedly enrolled in the City College of New York, where he entered the Students Army Training Corps in October 1918. add something


In 1920, he became the stage manager for the Knickerbocker Players, a troupe that shuttled between Syracuse, New York and Rochester, New York, and the following year he was hired as general manager of the newly formed Lyceum Players, an upstate summer stock company. add something


In 1925 he formed the C.F. and Z. Production Company with Walter Folmer and John Zwicki, which gave him his first opportunity to direct. add something


In December 1928, Paramount Pictures signed him to a contract that reimbursed him for his airfare and initially paid him $600 per week with no screen credit during a six-month apprenticeship. add something


Dorothy Burgess - Burgess was co-featured in a stock company managed by George Cukor and George Kondolf at the Lyceum Theatre in Rochester, New York, during the summer of 1928


He arrived in Hollywood in February 1929, and his first assignment was to coach the cast of River of Romance to speak with an acceptable Southern accent. add something


In 1930, he co-directed three films at Paramount, and his weekly salary was increased to $1500. add something


In 1931, he made his solo directorial debut with Tarnished Lady starring Tallulah Bankhead. add something


Dewey Robinson - In 1931 Robinson, a big, barrel-chested man at who easily conveyed physical menace, made his first film when he played a waiter in George Cukor's "Tarnished Lady", starring Tallulah Bankhead


Cukor had declined to direct the earlier film because it was too similar to his 1932 What Price Hollywood?, but the opportunity to direct his first Technicolor film, first musical, and work with screenwriter Moss Hart and especially Garland appealed to him, and he accepted. add something


Eddie Anderson (comedian) - Anderson's film career debuted with George Cukor's "What Price Hollywood-" , as 'James, Max's Butler', and appeared in dozens of Hollywood films through the 1930s and 1940s


Billie Burke - In 1932, Burke made her Hollywood comeback, starring as Margaret Fairfield in "A Bill of Divorcement", directed by George Cukor


Rowland Brown - In 1932, David Selznick promised Brown the direction of "What Price Hollywood," After Brown rewrote the script, Selznick replaced him with George Cukor


Torben Meyer - Meyer had small parts as waiters in five different movies during 1932; in German émigré director Ernst Lubitsch's film "Broken Lullaby" starring Lionel Barrymore, in George Cukor's "What Price Hollywood-", where he plays a waiter in the famous Hollywood restaurant 'The Brown Derby', in "Downstairs" starring Paul Lukas, in Mervyn LeRoy's "Big City Blues" starring Joan Blondell and in "The Match King"


Cukor was hired to direct Gone with the Wind by Selznick in 1936, even before the book was published. add something


Pandro S. Berman - Berman was willing to give creative people plenty of elbow room, but there were limits; having been coaxed by Hepburn and director George Cukor to push through production of the 1936 film "Sylvia Scarlett", Berman reportedly reacted to the poor audience response to that film by telling Hepburn and Cukor that he never wanted to see their faces again


Selznick had already been unhappy with Cukor ("a very expensive luxury") for not being more receptive to directing other Selznick assignments, even though Cukor had remained on salary since early 1937; and in a confidential memo written in September 1938, four months before principal photography began, Selznick flirted with the idea of replacing him with Victor Fleming. add something


Henry Kolker - Another well remembered part is as Mr. Seton, father of Katharine Hepburn and Lew Ayres in the 1938 film Holiday directed by George Cukor


Philip Barry - Barry's play "Holiday" was filmed twice, the best known being George Cukor's "1938 version" starring Grant and Hepburn


Aldous Huxley - Madame Curie - In March 1938, his friend Anita Loos, a novelist and screenwriter, put him in touch with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who hired Huxley for "Madame Curie" which was originally to star Greta Garbo and be directed by George Cukor


During this era, Cukor forged an alliance with screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, who had met in Cukor's home in 1939 and married three years later. add something


Joan Crawford - However, Crawford made a comeback with her role as home-wrecker Crystal Allen in director George Cukor's "The Women" in 1939


Rosalind Russell - In 1939, she was cast as catty gossip Sylvia Fowler in the all-female comedy "The Women", directed by George Cukor


Gavin Lambert - Working as a Hollywood screenwriter, Lambert was able to interview and gain personal remembrances of those involved with the classic 1939 film, including dismissed director George Cukor and actress Vivien Leigh


Shelley Winters - Working in films through the 1940s, Winters first achieved stardom with her breakout performance as the victim of insane actor Ronald Colman in George Cukor's "A Double Life", in 1947


In 1942, at the age of forty-three, Cukor enlisted in the Signal Corps. add something


Robert Morley - But the disappointing film version, directed by George Cukor at MGM Elstree in 1949, instead starred the miscast Spencer Tracy, who turned Holt, an unscrupulous English businessman, into a blustering Canadian expatriate


Adam's Rib - "'Adam's Rib"' is a 1949 American film written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor


In December 1952, Cukor was approached by Sid Luft, who proposed the director helm a musical remake of the 1937 film A Star is Born with his-wife Judy Garland in the lead role. add something


James Mason ultimately was signed, and filming began on October 12, 1953. add something


In March 1954, a rough cut still missing several musical numbers was assembled, and Cukor had mixed feelings about it. add something


George Hoyningen-Huene - He worked in Hollywood in various capacities in the film industry, working closely with George Cukor, notably as special visual and color consultant for the 1954 Judy Garland movie "A Star Is Born"


Alex Cord - Cord subsequently appeared in the 1962 film, "The Chapman Report", directed by George Cukor


Tom Tryon - In 1962, he was cast to play the role of Stephen Burkett in the unfinished Marilyn Monroe- Dean Martin comedy film, "Something's Got to Give", directed by George Cukor, but lost that role after Monroe was fired from the movie


Something's Got to Give - "'Something's Got to Give"' is an unfinished 1962 American feature film, directed by George Cukor for 20th Century Fox and starring Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse


Henry Daniell - His last role was a small uncredited appearance as the British Ambassador in the 1964 film "My Fair Lady" directed by his old friend George Cukor


He financed his education at the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences and the University of Southern California, from which Towers graduated with a law degree in 1967. add something


Lawrence Durrell - Given the complexity of the work, it was probably inevitable that George Cukor's 1969 attempt to film the "Quartet" simplified the story to the point of melodrama, and was poorly received


Anouk Aimee - In 1969 she starred in the American film production of "Justine, costarring Dirk Bogarde and directed by George Cukor and Joseph Strick


Holly Woodlawn - In 1970 she received word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that George Cukor, supported by others, was petitioning the Academy to nominate her for best actress for her work in "Trash", however, nothing came of this campaign


He directed Maggie Smith in Travels with My Aunt in 1972 and helmed the critical and commercial flop The Blue Bird, the first joint Soviet-American production, in 1976. add something


Luis Bunuel - In 1972, Bunuel, along with his screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and producer Serge Silberman, was invited by George Cukor to his house.


Travels with My Aunt (film) - "'Travels with My Aunt"' is a 1972 American comedy film directed by George Cukor


Toyah Willcox - Also in 1979 Willcox appeared as Tallulah in Stephen Poliakoff's "American Days" at the ICA, playing alongside Mel Smith, Antony Sher and Phil Daniels and, the same year, opposite Katharine Hepburn in the made-for-television movie "The Corn is Green", directed by George Cukor


He directed his final film, Rich and Famous with Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen, at the age of eighty-two. add something


Meg Ryan - After her film debut in George Cukor's "Rich and Famous", Ryan played Betsy Stewart in the daytime drama "As the World Turns", from 1982 to 1984, and her character was featured in a popular romantic story arc


Dolores del Rio - In 1981, del Río was honored in the San Francisco Film Critics Circle by the film directors Francis Ford Coppola and George Cukor


Rich and Famous (1981 film) - "'Rich and Famous"' is a 1981 American drama film directed by George Cukor, the final film of his long career


George Cukor died in 1983 add something


The PBS series American Masters produced a comprehensive documentary about his life and work titled On Cukor directed by Robert Trachtenberg in 1983. add something


Cukor died of a heart attack on January 24, 1983, and was interred in an unmarked grave at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California add something


New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc. 1994 add something


The PBS series American Masters produced a comprehensive documentary about his life and work titled "On Cukor" directed by Robert Trachtenberg in 2000 add something


Mildred Shay - She had a serious stroke in her final years, but still managed to attend some functions and was at National Film Theatre's 2004 tribute to her favorite director, George Cukor


In 2013, The Film Society of Lincoln Center presented a comprehensive weeks-long retrospective of his work entitled "The Discreet Charm of George Cukor add something