George Stevens, Jr.: My Place in the Sun
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Join us as George Stevens, Jr., shares priceless stories about the fascinating people he has worked with behind the scenes in both Hollywood and Washington. Stevens grew up working on film classics with his Oscar-winning father and writes vividly about his experiences on the sets of A Place in the Sun (1951), Shane (1953), Giant (1956) and The Diary of Anne Frank (1958).
Stevens began to forge his own career when Edward R. Murrow recruited him to work at the United States Information Agency during JFK's presidency. In 1967 he became the founding director of the American Film Institute, shepherding the rescue of thousands of endangered motion pictures and training a new generation of filmmakers. He also began making distinguished films and television programs that celebrated American culture and explored social justice, earning him an Oscar, 15 Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and the Humanitas Prize.
Stevens provides a fascinating insight into five generations of family history in the performing arts, from the San Francisco stage in the 19th century to Academy Award-winning films in the 20th. Learn about his personal experiences with Elizabeth Taylor, Sidney Poitier, Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Yo-Yo Ma, Cary Grant, James Dean, Bruce Springsteen, Barack and Michelle Obama, and many more.
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This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Stevens photo courtesy the speaker; film poster is public domain.
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The Commonwealth Club of California
George Stevens, Jr.
Director; Writer; Producer; Playwright; Founder, American Film Institute; Author, My Place in the Sun
In Conversation With George Hammond
Author, Conversations With Socrates
3–4 p.m. program
(all times PDT)
Free for members
$35 members or nonmembers with book