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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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George Cukor

Patrick McGilligan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on some important developments in George Cukor’s career as a Hollywood director, including the deaths of George Cukor’s mother, Helen Gross Cukor, and MGM producer Irving Thalberg during the filming of Camille and the controversy surrounding the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind. Since Cukor’s MGM contract was directly tied to Thalberg’s health, he was duly informed that he was legally entitled to break it within thirty days of the producer’s passing. Nevertheless, the studio made him a generous renewal offer: a five-year contract at the salary of $4,000 weekly. The MGM offer raised the bidding for Cukor, with David O. Selznick of RKO countering with a revised contract package for the director. Cukor agreed to direct Gone with the Wind for Selznick, but he was fired shortly after filming had begun and was replaced by Victor Fleming.

Keywords:   George Cukor, Helen Gross Cukor, MGM, Irving Thalberg, Camille, David O. Selznick, RKO, Gone with the Wind, Victor Fleming, Hollywood

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