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George Cukor: A Double Life

Patrick McGilligan

Abstract

One of the highest-paid studio contract directors of his time, George Cukor was nominated five times for an Academy Award as Best Director. In publicity and mystique he was dubbed the “women’s director” for guiding the most sensitive leading ladies to immortal performances, including Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Judy Garland, and—in ten films, among them The Philadelphia Story and Adam’s Rib—his lifelong friend and collaborator Katharine Hepburn. But behind the “women’s director” label lurked the open secret that set Cukor apart from a generally macho fraternity of directors: he was a homosexu ... More

Keywords: bigotry, George Cukor, Academy Award, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, women’s director, Hollywood, films

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816680382
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.001.0001

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Patrick McGilligan, author

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