George Stevens


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(1904–1975). Film director. A distinguished and versatile Hollywood director, he only helmed three musicals but two of them are classics. Stevens was born in Oakland, California, the son of two actors, and was on the stage as a child. He started in movies as a cameraman in 1921 and then worked his way to directing shorts for Hal Roach and others. By 1933 Stevens was helming features and the next year found recognition with Alice Adams, his first of many insightful character dramas. Among his most famous pictures were Woman of the Year (1942), A Place in the Sun (1951), Shane (1953), and Giant (1956). Stevens' first musical Nitwits (1935) was forgettable but not his subsequent features Swing Time (1936) and A Damsel in Distress (1937). His son was film executive George Stevens, Jr. (1932–). Biography: Giant: George Stevens, a Life on Film, Marilyn Ann Moss (2004).

From The Oxford Companion to the American Musical in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music Theatre.

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