Knowledge Identifier: +George_Cukor
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.
He halfheartedly enrolled in the City College of New York, where he entered the Students Army Training Corps in October 1918.
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.
In 1931, he made his solo directorial debut with 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.
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
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.
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.
Philip Barry - Barry's play "Holiday" was filmed twice, the best known being George Cukor's "1938 version" starring Grant and Hepburn
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
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.
James Mason ultimately was signed, and filming began on October 12, 1953.
Alex Cord - Cord subsequently appeared in the 1962 film, "The Chapman Report", directed by George Cukor
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
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
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
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
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
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