Another A Star is Born ??
Apparently Hollywood can’t get enough of this subject matter. One star going up, one star declining. This time around the stars are Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper also directs.
The first version was 1937 starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor. Supposedly, that was a rewrite of What Price Hollywood, a Constance Bennett film of the early thirties (1932 to be exact). But in that one, the girl becomes a star and her mentor (but not her husband), a film director played by Lowell Sherman, falls into alcoholism.
Interestingly, the director of What Price Hollywood? — George Cukor — also directed the premier A Star Is Born remake covered below.
That first remake was in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason. It still stands as the best of the series. Oh, The Man That Got Away!
Then in 1976 Barbara Streisand updated it again and starred in it opposite Kris Kristofferson. Not that good, but the film did generate the Oscar winning song, ‘Evergreen.’
And now the fourth try, or is it the fifth?
Through the years the genesis for the tale has been attributed to the relationships of silent star Colleen Moore and one of her four husbands, and to Barbara Stanwyck and her first husband Frank Fay. But, of course, as we all know, there are hundreds of similar stories in tinseltown.