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More impressive work soon followed. Cukor directed the Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy classic Adam's Rib (1949). Around this same time, he worked with Judy Holliday and William Holden on the film Born Yesterday. He then tackled the movie musical genre with 1954's A Star Is Born,
starring Judy Garland and James Mason.
By the 1960s, George D. Cukor was making few films, but he still possessed tremendous talent. He won his one and only Academy Award for directing the musical My Fair Lady (1964), starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. On the small screen, he directed Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier in the 1975 television movie Love Among the Ruins. He received an Emmy Award for his work on the project.
Rich and Famous (1981) proved to be Cukor's last film. Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen star in this tale of a competitive friendship between two writers. Two years later, on January 24, 1983, George D. Cukor died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 83.
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