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Selection of photographs from the George Cukor papers. George Cukor (1899-1983) was born and raised in New York City and began his career in the theater. Cukor made the move to Hollywood in 1929 to direct talkies at Paramount. He is best known for directing DINNER AT EIGHT (1933), CAMILLE (1936), THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940), and A STAR IS BORN (1954), and for the remarkable performances he was able to draw from his actors. Throughout his career, collaboration was important to Cukor, who was closely associated with such figures as Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. His work with David O. Selznick in the 1930s resulted in several successful films, but ended abruptly when Selznick removed him as director of GONE WITH THE WIND (1939). His collaboration with Kanin and Gordon produced such works as A DOUBLE LIFE (1947), ADAM’S RIB (1949) and BORN YESTERDAY (1950). Cukor also directed a number of well-received musicals in the 1950s and 1960s, culminating with MY FAIR LADY in 1964. Cukor served on the Academy Board of Governors from 1970 to 1976. He was nominated for an Academy Award for directing five times, receiving the Oscar for MY FAIR LADY. Read more Read more about the George Cukor papers.

 

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