Why Famous: Cukor was a prominent director at RKO studios, where the head of production, David O. Selznick, assigned him to direct several of their movies including What Price Hollywood? (1932), A Bill of Divorcement (1932) and Our Betters (1933). He would later move to MGM and direct several successful features there.
He was originally slated to produce the classic Gone With the Wind (1939) but was replaced when Selznick voiced dissatisfaction with Cukor's slow pace of work. Nevertheless he completed several successful films later in his career, including The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), and A Star Is Born (1954).
- 1938-12-25 George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"
- 1939-02-14 Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film "Gone With the Wind"
- 1940-12-26 "The Philadelphia Story" film directed by George Cukor, based on the Broadway play of the same name and starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, is released (Academy Awards Best Actor 1941)
- 1964-10-21 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)