Cukor, George

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Name
Cukor, George Gender: M
George Dewey Cukor
born on 7 July 1899 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Bordoni
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 15°06' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 11°11 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 13°44'



George Cukor (photo by Allan Warren, 1973)
photo: Allan warren, license gfdl

Biography

American film director who mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations.

His career flourished at RKO when David O. Selznick, the studio's Head of Production, assigned Cukor to direct several of RKO's major films, including What Price Hollywood? (1932), A Bill of Divorcement (1932), Our Betters (1933), and Little Women (1933). When Selznick moved to MGM in 1933, Cukor followed and directed Dinner at Eight (1933) and David Copperfield (1935) for Selznick and Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Camille (1936) for Irving Thalberg.

He was replaced as the director of Gone with the Wind (1939), but he went on to direct The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), Adam's Rib (1949), Born Yesterday (1950), A Star Is Born (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956) and My Fair Lady (1964).

It was an open secret in Hollywood that Cukor was gay, although he was discreet about his sexual orientation. By the mid-1930s, Cukor was not only established as a prominent director but, socially, as an unofficial head of Hollywood's gay subculture. His home, redecorated in 1935 by gay actor-turned interior designer William Haines with gardens designed by Florence Yoch & Lucile Council, was the scene of many gatherings for the industry's gays. The close-knit group reputedly included Haines and his partner Jimmie Shields, Alan Ladd, writer Somerset Maugham, director James Vincent, screenwriter Rowland Leigh, costume designers Orry-Kelly and Robert Le Maire, and actors John Darrow, Anderson Lawler, Grady Sutton, Robert Seiter and Tom Douglas.

Cukor died of a heart attack on 24 January 1983, aged 83, in Los Angeles, California.

Link to Wikipedia biography

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Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni database, 'entertainment' file quotes Taeger and Lescaut.

Categories

  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Heart attack)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Film director)