Director. Born George Dewey Cukor in New York City to Hungarian immigrant parents, Victor F. and Helen Gross Cukor. He was graduated from De Witt Clinton High School in 1916, and spent a year with the Students Army Training Corps. He then obtained a job as an assistant stage manager for a
Chicago theater company. After three years, he formed his own stock company in Rochester, New York in 1920, and worked there for seven years. He then returned to Broadway where he worked with names like Ethel Barrymore and Jeanne Eagles. Cukor moved to Hollywood in 1929 where he would direct over 50 movies. His first job was as a dialog director at Paramount Pictures for the film, River of Romance (1929), followed by All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). He then co-directed three films before making his solo debut directing in Tarnished Lady (1931). Cukor left Paramount after a legal dispute and went to work at RKO Studios. He directed a string of impressive films at RKO including What Price Hollywood (1932), A Bill of Divorcement (1933), Dinner at Eight (1933), Little Women (1933), David Copperfield (1935), Romeo and Juliet (1936), Camille (1937), The Women (1939), a popular film notable for its all female cast, The Philadelphia Story (1940) starring Katharine Hepburn, Two Faced Woman (1941), Gaslight (1944) with Ingrid Bergman, Adam's Rib (1949), Born Yesterday with Judy Holliday (1950), and his first film in color, A Star is Born, which featured a come-back performance by Judy Garland. A decade later, Cukor won an Academy Award for Best Director for My Fair Lady (1964). Cukor had established a reputation as a director who could coax great performances from actresses and he was known as a "woman's director," a title which he resented. He continued to work into his 80s and directed his last film, Rich and Famous, in 1981.
Bio by: Iola