Editor's NoteThe beautifully shot A STAR IS BORN recounts a tragic Hollywood tale of fame and misfortune. As young Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) rises to stardom, her husband, former leading man Norman Maine (Fredric March), is in the midst of a heartbreakingly rapid decline. Gaynor is both genuine and funny as the small-town girl who loses her one great love while she pursues another, and March is perfect as the passé alcoholic has-been. The film received six Academy Award nominations and won a special award for its color cinematography.
Cast & Crew
|Alan Campbell - Writer|
|W. Howard Greene - Cinematographer|
|Dorothy Parker - Writer|
|James E. Newcom - Editor|
|Max Steiner - Composer|
|David O. Selznick - Producer|
|Lyle Wheeler - Production Designer|
|William Wellman - Director|
Plot SummaryA young woman rises to stardom while her husband sinks into depression in this William Wellman Technicolor classic. This poignant story resulted in three film remakes. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (by Dorothy Parker). Academy Awards: 2, including Best Original Story and a special plaque honoring the film's color photography.