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What Price Hollywood?: Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor

Elyce Rae Helford


A prolific director of classic Hollywood cinema, George Cukor was known for his romantic comedies and dramas and his work with difficult leading ladies. For such work, he was labeled a “woman’s director.” He did build or enhance the careers of many strong, independent actresses, including Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Judy Holliday, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe. However, the tag was also derogatory, referencing the fact of Cukor’s homosexuality. He was also called an “actor’s director,” for he emphasized his connections with his stars to draw out compelling performances even within his l ... More

Keywords: Gender, feminism, queer, film, Hollywood, George Cukor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813179292
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813179292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elyce Rae Helford, author
Middle Tennessee State University