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11 Actual Truths You Did Not Know About George Cukor

1. George Dewey Cukor was an American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations.

2. When Selznick moved to MGM in 1933, Cukor followed and directed Dinner at Eight for Irving Thalberg.

3. He was replaced as the director of Gone with the Wind .

4. Cukor was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, the younger child and only son of Hungarian Jewish immigrants Viktor, an assistant district attorney, and Helén Ilona Gross .

5. His parents selected his middle name in honor of Spanish–American War hero George Dewey.

6. The family was not particularly religious, pork was a staple on the dinner table, and when he started attending temple as a boy, Cukor learned Hebrew phonetically, with no real understanding of the meaning of the words or what they represented.

7. As a result, he was ambivalent about his faith and dismissive of old world traditions from childhood, and as an adult he embraced Anglophilia to remove himself even further from his roots.

8. As a child, Cukor appeared in several amateur plays and took dance lessons, and at the age of seven he performed in a recital with David O. Selznick, who in later years would become a mentor and friend. As a teenager, Cukor frequently was taken to the New York Hippodrome by his uncle.

9. Infatuated with theatre, he often cut classes at DeWitt Clinton High School to attend afternoon matinees.

10. He halfheartedly enrolled in the City College of New York, where he entered the Students Army Training Corps in October 1918.

11. Cukor later recalled, “Her talent was apparent, but she did buck at direction.

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