George Cukor Residence


George Cukor Residence

Legendary director George Cukor was considered the unofficial patriarch of Hollywood's gay subculture.

Designed by prolific architect Roland E. Coate, legendary director George Cukor's residence in the Hollywood Hills provided a luxurious backdrop to the director's vibrant social life.

Born in New York, Cukor (1899-1983) rose to be one of the most successful gay directors in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. He prospered despite working under the auspices of the Production Code Administration (PCA), which required filmmakers to submit their work for approval to ensure that it aligned with traditional Christian values. 

His career spanned more than fifty years, with a body of work including such classics as The Philadelphia StoryMy Fair Lady, Let's Make Love, Camille, and Little Women

At the height of his career, Cukor's home served as an vital social center in Hollywood's gay community. He hired former film actor William "Billy" Haines as his interior designer, who filled the home with elegant decor and dozens of photographs of Cukor's Hollywood friends.

Haines himself had turned to decorating after losing his contract with MGM due to his refusal to deny rumors about his sexuality. 

Herald-Examiner Collection/ Los Angles Public Library | Director George Cukor
Herald-Examiner Collection/ Los Angles Public Library
Herald-Examiner Collection/ Los Angles Public Library | 1965
Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy | George Cukor