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The Resource George Cukor : a double life : a biography of the gentleman director, Patrick McGilligan

George Cukor : a double life : a biography of the gentleman director, Patrick McGilligan

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George Cukor : a double life : a biography of the gentleman director
Title
George Cukor
Title remainder
a double life : a biography of the gentleman director
Statement of responsibility
Patrick McGilligan
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Among the great contract film directors of the studio age, George Cukor was unique. Literate, witty, sophisticated, he was one of the few theater denizens to make the transition from Broadway to Hollywood--and to stay on top of his profession, for some fifty years and fifty films. The highest-paid director of his time, hailed as "the classicist of MGM, " Cukor was five times nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director, winning for My Fair Lady. In publicity and mystique he was dubbed the "women's director" for guiding the most sensitive and temperamental leading ladies to immortal performances: Garbo in Camille, Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight, Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet, Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight, Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday, Judy Garland in A Star Is Born, and--in ten films, including The Philadelphia Story--his lifelong friend and collaborator, Katharine Hepburn. But behind the "women's director" label lurked a stigma, the open secret that set Cukor apart from the generally macho, swaggering fraternity of directors. He was the only homosexual among his colleagues. Throughout his professional life Cukor walked the tightrope between public image and private life in an era when homosexuality was regarded as shameful or criminal. In some ways Cukor's sexual orientation was the least important aspect of his life, but in other ways it influenced his psychology and his career. It was the basis of his firing from the most popular movie ever made, Gone With the Wind--a shocking and ignominious tale that is revealed for the first time in this book. Cukor prided himself on being tough, but this book reveals a poignantly dichotomous creature--a man whose ideal of beauty was in contrast to his own feelings of ugliness; an essentially lonely man who surrounded himself with friends, and threw a lifetime of Hollywood's most glittering parties; a man whose appreciation of female characters derived from his own sensibilities; a consummate director of screen romance who in his own life paid for sex--and scoffed at love."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McGilligan, Patrick
Dewey number
  • 791.43/0233/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1998.3.C8
LC item number
M34 1991
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cukor, George
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Gays in the performing arts
Target audience
adult
Label
George Cukor : a double life : a biography of the gentleman director, Patrick McGilligan
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A biography of the gentleman director"--Page preceding title page
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: pages 373-392
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-371) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
404 pages
Isbn
9780312054199
Lccn
90048352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm22489085
  • (Sirsi) o22489085
  • (OCoLC)22489085
Label
George Cukor : a double life : a biography of the gentleman director, Patrick McGilligan
Publication
Note
"A biography of the gentleman director"--Page preceding title page
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: pages 373-392
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-371) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
404 pages
Isbn
9780312054199
Lccn
90048352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm22489085
  • (Sirsi) o22489085
  • (OCoLC)22489085

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