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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
BIOGRAPHY

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.

TIMELINE
1975

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

1970

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

1968

His second marriage was to Joan McTavish on 17 May 1968

1965

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

1959

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

1956

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

1953

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

1951

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

1948

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

1947

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

1942

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

1941

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

1940

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

1939

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

1938

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

1936

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

1935

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

1934

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

1933

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

1927

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

1923

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

1920

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

1904

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

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