Cukor's Early Life Into Directing (04:15)
George Cukor was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1899; his father was an assistant D.A. and his mother was affluent. He started working in theater as a stage manager, became a dialect and dialogue coach, and started working at Paramount Pictures. He worked with Tallulah in “Tarnished Lady” and directed “One Hour with You,” starring Maurice Chevalier.
Changing Collaboration (04:49)
Near the end of the “One Hour With You,” Ernst Lubitsch came on set and directed the last few scenes; he wanted sole credit for directing the entire film. As a result, Cukor broke his contract with Paramount Pictures and went to RKO Pictures where he worked with long-time friend David Selznick. Cukor made “What Price Hollywood?” with Constance Bennett, “A Bill of Divorcement” with Katharine Hepburn, and “Dinner at Eight.” (Credits)
Various Genres (07:57)
Cukor made Louisa May Alcott’s novel, “Little Women,” into a film starring Hepburn. Selznick’s father learned English by reading Charles Dickens’ novels, so Cukor made “Copperfield “for him. Next, he made “Camille” starring Greta Garbo and “Holiday” starring Cary Grant.
Selznick and Cukor Split (07:02)
In 1936, Selznick acquired the rights to “Gone with the Wind” and asked Cukor to direct the film. Selznick fired Cukor, and many actors in the film were upset. Cukor directed “The Philadelphia Story” with Hepburn, James Stewart, and Grant. (Credits)
Greta Garbo Roles (04:30)
Cukor created “A Woman’s Face” with Garbo in mind, but Joan Crawford received the role. In 1941, Cukor created “Two-Faced Woman” starring Garbo, the last film in which Garbo would act.
Dark Films (06:28)
In 1943, Cukor created “Keeper of the Flame” with Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and directed “Gaslight” with Ingrid Bergman and Angela Lansbury in 1944. Cukor began working with screenwriting couple Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, and they created “A Double Life,” which won Ronald Colman and Oscar for best actor. (Credits)
Cukor's Last Films (09:39)
Cukor directed “A Star is Born” with James Mason and Judy Garland in 1954. In 1960, he directed “Heller in Pink Tights” with Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn, and “Let’s Make Love” with Marilyn Monroe. Cukor’s last movie was “My Fair Lady” with Audrey Hepburn; Cecil Beaton was the costume designer.
Credits: George Cukor (00:36)
Credits: George Cukor
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