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George Stevens

Film Director & Producer
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Net worth 2018: $500,000
Residence: Oakland, California, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 18 December 1904
Sigh: Capricorn
Died On: March 8, 1975

George Stevens was bornon 18 December 1904 in Oakland, California, United States, American, is Film Director & Producer. George Stevens was an American director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer best remembered for films like ‘The More the Merrier’, ‘A Place in the Sun’, ‘Shane’ (1953), ‘Giant’, and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (1959). For over forty years, he created some of the best Hollywood melodramas and screwball comedies. His films were characterized by his signature craftsmanship of brilliant camera techniques, tasteful incorporation of music and visuals, great attention to details, and expert treatment of emotional themes. When it came to film making, he clearly preferred quality over quantity, quite unlike most of his Hollywood peers. He was well-known for conducting extensive research before embarking on a new film. Most of his pre-production time was dedicated to working with the writers on the screenplay. His films were expressive, sincere, and exhibited great humanism as he was more interested in touching his audience’s heart rather than earning profits. Most of his films depict the American society of the 1930s and 1940s, and chronicles the quest for fulfilment of the American Dream.


George Stevens died of a heart attack on March 8, 1975 on his ranch in Lancaster, California


He made his final film in 1970 called ‘The Only Game in Town’


His second marriage was to Joan McTavish on 17 May 1968


In 1965, he made ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’


Three years later, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (1959) brought him success and popularity again


‘Giant’ (1956) was based on a novel by Edna Ferber


‘Shane’ (1953) was a classic western, based on a novel by John Schaefer


His movie ‘A Place in the Sun’ (1951) was a remake of the 1931 film based on Theodore Dreiser’s ‘An American Tragedy’


‘I Remember Mama’ (1948) was his first post-war feature film, for RKO


The couple had a son and they divorced on August 1, 1947


This was followed by two comedies ‘Woman of the Year’ (1942) and ‘The More the Merrier’ (1943)


He then left RKO and joined Columbia, where he directed the melodrama ‘Penny Serenade’ (1941)


In 1940, he made ‘Vigil in the Night’, adapted from an A


He also enjoyed success with ‘Gunga Din’, considered one of the best directions of 1939


In 1938, he directed a screwball comedy ‘Vivacious Lady’ which became a commercial hit, ending his unsuccessful period


In 1936, he made ‘Swing Time’ (1936), a classic musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers


In the same year, he made ‘Laddie’ (1935)—a nostalgic drama, with John Beal and Gloria Stuart—and ‘Alice Adams’, an adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s famous novel starring Katharine Hepburn


In 1934 at RKO (American motion picture studio), he made the low-budget romantic comedy ‘Bachelor Bait’ with Stuart Erwin and Rochelle Hudson; and ‘Kentucky Kernels’ - a Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey starring farcical comedy


In 1933, he directed his first feature, ‘The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble’, a B-film for Universal


George Stevens shot a number of other films like ‘Sugar Daddies’ (1927), ‘Two Tars’ (1928), and ‘Below Zero’ (1930)


His first production was the Laurel and Hardy short film, ‘Roughest Africa’ (1923)


He joined Hollywood as a cameraman when he was still a teenager, and by the early 1920s, he became a cinematographer at Hal Roach Studios


George Stevens was born on December 18, 1904, in Oakland, California to Landers Stevens and Georgie Cooper

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