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[on writing the screenplay for A Star Is Born
(1954)] It was a difficult story to do because the original was so famous, and when you tamper with the original you're inviting all sorts of unfavorable criticism. It had to be changed because I had to say new things about Hollywood--which is quite a feat in itself, as the subject had been worn pretty thin. Add to that the necessity of making this a ...
In his 20s, Hart served as entertainment director of the famous Flagler resort hotel in NY's Catskill Mountains, where he was assisted by Dore Schary
who would go on to head MGM. The hotel's main competitor was the legendary Grossinger's resort, where entertainment was headed by Don Hartman
who would continue the competition when he went on to head Paramount Pictures.