An acclaimed theatrical director at the start of his career, George Cukor became one of the true "greats" of the cinema, who was often underrated director during his prime. Due to his homosexuality, he's was labeled a "woman's director" most of his life. The truth of the matter…more
Cukor was one of Joan Crawford's favorite directors. In an interview, she said "Mr. Cukor is a hard task-master, a fine director and he took me over the coals giving me the roughest time I have ever had. And I am eternally grateful."
George Cukor's middle name was Dewey, which was chosen by his parents in honor of Spanish-American war hero George Dewey.
Cukor directed 66 films in his career.
Cukor was paid $300,000 to direct what would become his only Oscar winning film, My Fair Lady.
Cukor directed actress Katharine Hepburn in 10 films between 1932 and 1979. He also accepted a Best Actress Oscar on her behalf in 1968.
Cukor never married or had children.
Cukor's favorite actor was Robert Taylor. He admired Taylor for being a gentleman, which was, according to Cukor, "Rare in Hollywood."
Cukor directed 20 different actors in Oscar nominated performances.
Cukor was voted the 18th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Cukor has a Star on the Walk of Fame.
Cukor stood 5'8" tall.
Cukor: (on being labeled a "woman's director") You direct a couple of successful pictures with women stars, so you become a woman's director. Direct a sentimental little picture and all you get is sob stuff. I know I've been in and out of those little compartments. Heaven knows everyone has limitations. But why make them narrower than they are?
Cukor: As a director, you've got to think of your own limitations. There are certain things you're sympathetic with, and there are certain things you say to yourself: Well, I can do it because I'm perfectly competent, but there's so many people who can do it much better than I can.
Cukor: (advice he frequently gave to actresses) Don't just do something, stand there!
Cukor: You'd like to think you're pretty much an original, everything about yourself distinctive and individual. But it is surprising to realise to what extent you echo your family, and how, from childhood, you have been shaped and molded.
Cukor: I don't weep or anything, but there's always some part of me left bloody on the scene I've just directed.
Cukor: If I were very handsome, maybe I'd have been an actor.
Cukor: Give me a good script and I'll be a hundred times better as a director.
Cukor: You can always land on your feet if you know where the ground is.