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George CukorA Double Life$
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Patrick McGilligan

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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Chapter Twelve

Chapter Twelve

(p.315) Chapter Twelve
George Cukor

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses some of the films made by George Cukor later in his career as Hollywood director, including The Blue Bird (1976) and Rich and Famous (1981). The Blue Bird was Cukor’s absolute nadir, ten times worse than A Life of Her Own (1950). It was a classic travestied, a financial and publicity catastrophe, and for a seventy-five-year-old director anxious to keep working, seemingly the end of the long road. But Katharine Hepburn came to the rescue. Her final work with Cukor were two small-scale films made for television: Love Among the Ruins (1975) and The Corn Is Green (1979). When Cukor got the call to direct Rich and Famous—a hip Hollywood comedy about women’s interrelationships and sexuality—in the summer of 1980, he had just turned eighty-one. Cukor died on January 24, 1983 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

Keywords:   films, George Cukor, Hollywood, The Blue Bird, Rich and Famous, Katharine Hepburn, Love Among the Ruins, The Corn Is Green

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