Selection of photographs from the George Stevens papers. George Stevens (1904-1975) was an American director and producer active in film from 1922 to 1970. He started his career as a cameraman, but later graduated to directing comedy shorts at the Roach studio. He then moved into features and by 1933 he was a contract director at RKO Radio. Throughout the 1930s, Stevens was a versatile director of comedies, musicals, dramas and adventure films. During World War II, Stevens joined the Signal Corps, eventually heading up a special unit that documented the liberation of Paris and the freeing of prisoners at Dachau. When he returned from service, Stevens turned his attention to producing and directing more personal films, winning Academy Awards for his direction of A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951) and GIANT (1955), and earning nominations for his work on SHANE (1953) and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959). Stevens also received the Irving G. Thalberg award in 1953, and served as Academy president from 1958-1959. Read more about the George Stevens papers.
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