George Stevens

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  • Birth Name: George Cooper Stevens
  • Birth Place: Oakland, California, United States
  • Died: March 8, 1975
  • Profession: Director, Cinematographer
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  • At 17, attained his first job in Hollywood at Hal Roach studios as an assistant cameraman.
  • Headed the Army Signal Corps Special Motion Picture Unit in WWII. Filmed the invasion of Normandy.
  • Directed films that starred two of the most famous male-female acting duos in film history, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
  • Films he directed were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture six times.
  • Won the Best Director award twice, for A Place in the Sun (1951) and Giant (1956).
  • Served as president of the Screen Director's Guild for two separate stints (1941-44;1946-48).
  • Oversaw 1939's Gunga Din, a film that was severely over budget and took nearly twice as many days as it was alloted to complete.
  • Credited with saving the career of English comedian Stan Laurel by switching to a less commonly used film that would register his eye color.

Awards

  • 1959, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1952, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Promoting International Understanding: Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1956, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1951, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1943, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1953, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1959, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1959, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Yvonne Howell — Ex-wife
  • Joan McTavish — Wife
  • George Stevens Jr. — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: George Cooper Stevens
  • Birth Place: Oakland, California, United States
  • Died: March 8, 1975
  • Profession: Director, Cinematographer

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