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A Star Is Born ()


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A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

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  • Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations.
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Vicki Lester
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Norman Maine
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Matt Libby
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Oliver Niles
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Danny McGuire (as Tom Noonan)
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Lola Lavery
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Susan Ettinger
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Graves
Hazel Shermet ...
Libby's Secretary
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Glenn Williams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurindo Almeida ...
Guitarist (uncredited)
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Usher (uncredited)
Rudolph Anders ...
Mr. Ettinger (uncredited)
David Armstrong ...
Soundman (uncredited)
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Agent #3 (uncredited)
Nadine Ashdown ...
Esther - Age 6 (uncredited)
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Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Baker ...
Father (uncredited)
Alex Ball ...
Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Richard H. Bauman ...
Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
George Becwar ...
Assistant Director (uncredited)
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Studio Executive at Premiere (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ...
Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom Blakiston ...
Young Man (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ...
Vagrant #2 (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ...
Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Norman Borine ...
Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
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McBride (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ...
Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Ruth Brady ...
Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
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Man at Funeral (uncredited)
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Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
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Bartender at Racetrack (uncredited)
Benny Burt ...
Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ...
Landlady (uncredited)
John Carlyle ...
Assistant Director (uncredited)
Ross Carmichael ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Man in Car at Diner (uncredited)
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Little Girl at Boarding House (uncredited)
Samuel Colt ...
Stage Manager / Sammy (uncredited)
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Benefit Comedy Team Member (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ...
Assistant Director (uncredited)
Tom Cound ...
Price Waterhouse Man (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Russell Custer ...
Courtroom Officer (uncredited)
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Ms. Nora Fusselow (uncredited)
Havis Davenport ...
Paramount Starlet (uncredited)
Jerry DeCoe ...
Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Rudy Del Campo ...
Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
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Assistant Director at Train Station (uncredited)
Alan DeWitt ...
Makeup Artist #1 (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty ...
Makeup Man #3 (uncredited)
Robert Dumas ...
Drummer (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ...
Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Ellis ...
Pinkerton Detective (uncredited)
Jean Engstrom ...
Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Rex Evans ...
Academy Awards Emcee (uncredited)
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Ray (uncredited)
Timothy Farrell ...
Bailiff (uncredited)
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Judge George J. Barnes (uncredited)
Gordon Finn ...
Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
George Fisher ...
George (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
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Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
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Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
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José Rodriguez (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
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Shrine Auditorium Emcee (uncredited)
Joe Green ...
Agent #1 (uncredited)
Michael Hail ...
Rails (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
2nd Assistant Director (uncredited)
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Paymaster #1 (uncredited)
Joseph Hamilton ...
Agent #2 (uncredited)
Jack Harmon ...
Dancer - 'Gotta Have Me Go With You' Number (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Benefit Attendee / Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Michael Hathaway ...
Agent (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf ...
Ray Heidorf - at Movie Premiere Party (uncredited)
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William Gregory (uncredited)
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Ocean Scene Director (uncredited)
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Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
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Melancholy Baby Number Spectator (uncredited)
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Charley (uncredited)
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Soundman (uncredited)
James Hyland ...
Assistant Announcer (uncredited)
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Eddie (uncredited)
Jay Johnson ...
Musician (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ...
Spectator (uncredited)
Arlene Karr ...
Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
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Nightclub Man #1 (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Cele Kirk ...
Reporter at Shrine Auditorium (uncredited)
George Kitchel ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Allen Kramer ...
(uncredited)
Frank Kreig ...
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ...
Cuddles (uncredited)
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Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ...
Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
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Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Paul Levitt ...
Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
Gloria Lewin ...
Oleander Arms Landlady (uncredited)
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Signboard Man #2 (uncredited)
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Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
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Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
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Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Dorothy Martinson ...
(uncredited)
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Doorman (uncredited)
Nita Mathews ...
Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Ila McAvoy ...
Mother - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
Jack McCoy ...
Father - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
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Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Don McKay ...
Dancer - 'Gotta Have Me Go With You' Number (uncredited)
Heidi Meadows ...
Esther - Age 3 (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ...
Paymaster #2 (uncredited)
Charles Merton ...
Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
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Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ...
Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
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Makeup Man (uncredited)
John Monaghan ...
Male Secretary (uncredited)
Hal J. Moore ...
Racetrack PA Announcer (uncredited)
Monette Moore ...
Blues Singer (uncredited)
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Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
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Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
Tom Nolan ...
Child Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
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Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
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Stage Manager (uncredited)
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Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
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Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
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Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
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Train Station Scene Director (uncredited)
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Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ...
Chef (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ...
Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
Mel Pogue ...
Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ...
Shrine Auditorium Photographer (uncredited)
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Bruno (uncredited)
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Producer at Premiere (uncredited)
Don Richards ...
Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Kay Riehl ...
Hairdresser (uncredited)
Larry Rio ...
Soundman (uncredited)
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Ms. Markham (uncredited)
Walter Rode ...
Courtroom Policeman (uncredited)
Riza Royce ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Henry Russell ...
Studio Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ...
Nightclub Man #2 (uncredited)
Bobby Sailes ...
Dancer - 'Born in a Trunk' Number (uncredited)
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Movie Premiere Usher (uncredited)
Patrick Sexton ...
Bert (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ...
Wheeler (uncredited)
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Joan (uncredited)
Don Shelton ...
TV Director (uncredited)
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Man Trying to Subdue Norman at Banquet (uncredited)
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Producer / Benefactor (uncredited)
Elmera Smith ...
Pasedena Girl (uncredited)
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Night Court Clerk (uncredited)
Eileen Stevens ...
Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
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Boom Operator (uncredited)
Robert Strong ...
Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
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Artie Carver (uncredited)
Kay Tapscott ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Norman's Driver (uncredited)
Wayne Taylor ...
Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Al Thompson ...
Vagrant #1 (uncredited)
Ted Thorpe ...
Soundman (uncredited)
Louis Tomei ...
Signboard Man #1 (uncredited)
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Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
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Photographer Pushed Down in Dressing Room (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ...
Marian (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ...
Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ...
Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Watts ...
Harrison (uncredited)
Harte Wayne ...
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
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Wallace (uncredited)
Duff Whitney ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Shirley Whitney ...
Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)
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Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
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Frank (uncredited)
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Fan at benefit show (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ...
Stagehand Carrying Poles / Passerby Outside Hotel (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Charles (uncredited)
Jean Woodley ...
Shrine Auditorium Reporter (uncredited)
Stephen Wyman ...
Nigel Peters (uncredited)
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Boardinghouse Woman (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Cukor

Written by

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Moss Hart ... (screen play by)
 
Dorothy Parker ... (based on the 1937 screen play by) &
Alan Campbell ... (based on the 1937 screen play by) &
Robert Carson ... (based on the 1937 screen play by)
 
William A. Wellman ... (based on the 1937 story by) and
Robert Carson ... (based on the 1937 story by)

Produced by

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Vern Alves ... associate producer
Sidney Luft ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Ray Heindorf ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Sam Leavitt

Film Editing by

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Folmar Blangsted

Editorial Department

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Craig Holt ... editor: reconstructed sequences (1983 restoration)
D.J. Ziegler ... assistant editor: reconstructed sequences (1983 restoration)

Production Design by

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Gene Allen

Art Direction by

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Malcolm C. Bert ... (as Malcolm Bert)

Set Decoration by

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George James Hopkins

Costume Design by

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Jean Louis
Mary Ann Nyberg

Makeup Department

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Del Armstrong ... makeup creator: Miss Garland
Gordon Bau ... makeup artist
Helen Young ... hair stylist: Miss Garland
Sydney Guilaroff ... hair designer: Ms. Garland (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Earl Bellamy ... assistant director
Edward Graham ... assistant director
Russell Llewellyn ... assistant director

Art Department

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Irene Sharaff ... art director: "Born in a Trunk" sequence
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Gil Kissel ... props (uncredited)
Weldon H. Patterson ... props (uncredited)
Saul Steinberg ... set decorator: "Lose That Long Face" sequence (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Charles David Forrest ... sound (as David Forrest)
Charles Lang ... sound (as Charles B. Lang)

Special Effects by

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Hans F. Koenekamp ... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)

Visual Effects by

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Lisze Bechtold ... still photograph sequences (1983 restoration) (as Lize Bechtold Blyth)
Eric Durst ... still photograph sequences (1983 restoration)
Kevin Kutchaver ... photo enhancement (uncredited) (1983 restoration)
Ken Rudolph ... animation camera operator (uncredited) (1983 restoration)

Stunts

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Bob Hoy ... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Louise Montana ... stunts (uncredited)
Montie Montana ... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Pat Clark ... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Green ... camera operator (uncredited)
Burt Jones ... best boy (uncredited)
Milton R. Krasner ... photographer: CinemaScope test sequences (uncredited)
Gene Polito ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Stern ... still photographer (uncredited)
Richard Thoessen ... best boy (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson ... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Wyckoff ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Warren Yaple ... grip (uncredited)

Animation Department

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George Hoyningen-Huene ... special color design advisor (as Hoyningen-Huene)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Irene Sharaff ... costumes: for song "Born in a Trunk"
Jack Delaney ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Henry Field ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Lillian House ... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Orrell Johnson ... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jack Cathcart ... vocal arranger
Ray Heindorf ... musical director
Skip Martin ... orchestrator
Hoyt Bohannon ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Buddy Cole ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Roger Edens ... music supervisor (uncredited)
Nick Fatool ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf ... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Howard Jackson ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Babe Russin ... musician: tenor sax (uncredited)
Hal Schaefer ... musician: piano (uncredited)

Other crew

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Richard Barstow ... dance creator / dance stager
Mitchell Kovaleski ... technicolor color consultant (as Mitchell G. Kovaleski)
Hal Bell ... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes ... technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Gloria DeWerd ... dance-in (uncredited)
Jack Harmon ... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Robert Heasley ... business manager (uncredited)
Eugene Loring ... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Alma Young ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Norman Maine, a movie star whose career is on the wane, meets showgirl Esther Blodgett when he drunkenly stumbles into her act one night. A friendship develops, then blossoms into romance before tensions increase as Esther's career takes off while Norman's continues to plummet. Written by Col Needham

Plot Keywords
Taglines Destiny came at her with a leer! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Une étoile est née (France)
  • Ein neuer Stern am Himmel (Germany)
  • Ha nacido una estrella (Spain)
  • Ha nascut una estrella (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Bir yildiz doguyor (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 154 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,019,770 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $3,413,880

Did You Know?

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Trivia Because the role of Norman Maine is that of a has-been actor, it was rejected by Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Ray Milland, Gregory Peck, Tyrone Power, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart and Robert Taylor before being finally accepted by James Mason. Judy Garland did suggest her former The Harvey Girls (1946) co-star, John Hodiak, for the role, but Hodiak was unavailable at the time. See more »
Goofs Norman's final minutes take place just as the sun is about to set. Yet when he walks on the beach, the shadows indicate that particular scene was shot in the late afternoon. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Film Night Special: Forty Years in Hollywood (1970). See more »
Soundtracks Gotta Have Me Go with You See more »
Quotes Vicki Lester: Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine.
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