George Cukor

Film Director
Born Jul 7, 1899

George Dewey Cukor was an American film director. He 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?, A Bill of Divorcement, "Our Betters" (1933), and Little Women (1933).… Read More

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1899 Birth Born on July 7, 1899.


1917 17 Years Old Following his graduation in 1917, Cukor was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in law.
1918 18 Years Old He halfheartedly enrolled in the City College of New York, where he entered the Students Army Training Corps in October 1918. … Read More


1920 20 Years Old In 1920, he became the stage manager for the Knickerbocker Players, a troupe that shuttled between Syracuse and Rochester, New York, and the following year he was hired as general manager of the newly formed Lyceum Players, an upstate summer stock company.
1925 26 Years Old In 1925 he formed the C.F. and Z. Production Company with Walter Folmer and John Zwicki, which gave him his first opportunity to direct. … Read More
1926 27 Years Old For the next few years, Cukor alternated between Rochester in the summer months and Broadway in the winter. His direction of a 1926 stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby by Owen Davis brought him to the attention of the New York critics. … Read More
1928 29 Years Old When Hollywood began to recruit New York theater talent for sound films, Cukor immediately answered the call. In December 1928, Paramount Pictures signed him to a contract that reimbursed him for his airfare and initially paid him $600 per week with no screen credit during a six-month apprenticeship.


1929 30 Years Old He arrived in Hollywood in February 1929, and his first assignment was to coach the cast of River of Romance to speak with an acceptable Southern accent. … Read More
1936 37 Years Old Cukor was hired to direct Gone with the Wind by Selznick in 1936, even before the book was published. … Read More


1939 40 Years Old …  During this era, Cukor forged an alliance with screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, who had met in Cukor's home in 1939 and married three years later. … Read More


1952 53 Years Old In December 1952, Cukor was approached by Sid Luft, who proposed the director helm a musical remake of A Star is Born (1937) with his then-wife Judy Garland in the lead role. … Read More
In March 1954, a rough cut still missing several musical numbers was assembled, and Cukor had mixed feelings about it.


1967 68 Years Old …  He financed his education at the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences and the University of Southern California, from which Towers graduated with a law degree in 1967. … Read More
1983 84 Years Old Cukor died of a heart attack on January 24, 1983, and was interred in an unmarked grave at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California. … Read More
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