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Janet Gaynor, A Star Is Born (1937)

Janet Gaynor, A Star Is Born (1937)

The first of four film versions, the 1937 box office hit "A Star Is Born" co-starred Janet Gaynor (October 6, 1906 - September 14, 1984) and Fredric March (August 31, 1897 - April 14, 1975). Others in the cast included Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine, Lionel Stander, Owen Moore, Peggy Wood, Edgar Kennedy, and Elizabeth Jenns.

The film won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Story, and was nominated for six others, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Fredric March), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Janet Gaynor), and Best Director (William A. Wellman). The National Board of Review gave it the award for NBR Top Ten Films in 1937. "A Star Is Born" was the first all-color film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Synopsis, via IMDb:
A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Exterior locations included filming at Cafe Trocadero, Ambassador Hotel, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Bowl, and Santa Anita Park and Racetrack.

A bit of trivia, via IMDb:
It has been speculated (though never confirmed) since the time of the movie's release that the story was inspired by the real-life marriage of Barbara Stanwyck and her first husband, Frank Fay.
 
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
 
When this film was re-released in 1945 by Film Classics, it was not deemed important enough to be reprinted in Technicolor and so prints were struck in the less expensive and far inferior Cinecolor process and this was the only way it was to be seen for the next 30 years, until the Technicolor restoration in the 1970s.
 
The character of Norman Maine was based on several real actors, including John Barrymore, John Gilbert, and John Bowers, who drowned off Malibu during the film's production.
 
When the drunken Norman Maine character raucously interrupts the Oscar presentation, it was déja vu for Janet Gaynor. She had brought her sister to the Academy Awards ceremony in 1928, when she won the first Best Actress Oscar ever awarded, for 7th Heaven (1927). Her sister became very drunk and completely out of control, thoroughly embarrassing Gaynor.
 
The Oscar that Janet Gaynor receives in the film is her own Oscar, which she won for her role in 7th Heaven (1927).
 
John Barrymore was originally cast as Norman Maine, but was replaced after a few days of filming due to his inability to remember his lines. The character was partly inspired by Barrymore and his alcoholism.
 
The funeral scene was inspired by the funeral of Irving Thalberg, where fans swarmed around his widow Norma Shearer outside the church. A similar scene occurred at Jean Harlow's funeral two months after the film's release.

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Photo taken on 31 December 2018 (© classic_film / Flickr)

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