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July 07, 2011



Ah, old Hollywood. And the scuttlebutt behind Cukor's dismissal from GWTW. The version I choose to believe also comes via Bill Mann, from his 'Wisecracker' bio of actor/interior designer William Haines: Some queen friends of both Cukor and Haines were visiting the film's set and perhaps unwisely and maybe at too high a volume (near dear Mister Gable) said, "Oh, look. Georgie's directing one of Billy's old tricks." Cukor departed not long afterwards. (And I LOVE that he was replaced by the director of 'The Wizard of Oz.') I walked past Cukor's former home once when visiting a friend in Los Angeles, but, sadly, the only examples of new Hollywood's brightest I saw were Cheryl Tiegs (jogging) and Dyan Cannon (the former Mrs. Cary Grant was driving.)

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