Friday, February 8, 2008

Out in Film: George Cukor

Idol worship: George Cukor, director.

- He was known as a "director of women's pictures", studio era Hollywood-speak for a gay director. Regardless of whatever negative connotation that term elicited, he nevertheless emerged as one of the best "director of women's pictures", from screwball comedies to weepy melodramas to big budget musicals.

- He directed Katharine Hepburn ten times, including such certified classics as Little Women, The Philadelphia Story and Adam's Rib.

- More from his list of leading ladies: Jean Harlow (Dinner at Eight), Greta Garbo (Camille), Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind, uncredited "coaching"), Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight), Deborah Kerr (Edward, My Son), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday), Judy Garland (A Star is Born), Marilyn Monroe (Let's Make Love) and the entire cast of The Women.

- Nominated a total of five times for the Oscar, he won for My Fair Lady starring another (unrelated) Hepburn, Audrey.

- His final film was Rich and Famous, which starred two more screen beauties, Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen.

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