Gregory La Cava

Gregory La Cava
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Gregory La Cava
Film: South side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Director | Producer
Born March 10, 1892 in Towanda, PA
Died March 1, 1952 of heart attack in Malibu, CA

Gregory La Cava was a pioneer film director, producer and writer.

After art training in Chicago and New York he became a cub reporter in Rochester, N.Y., and then a comic strip artist in New York.

He is credited with being one of the pioneers of animated cartooning. His first work in that field was the "Animated Grouch Chaser," which he filmed with live actors and animated cartoons.

In 1922 he came to Hollywood as a gag writer for Lloyd Hamilton comedies. Later he wrote scripts for a comedy series for Johnny Hines and from that went to directing two-reelers.

In 1933 he directed "Gabriel Over the White House" and in 1934 "What Every Woman Knows."

"My Man Godfrey" came in 1936, followed by "Stage Door" and others in later years, when he also was a producer.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1936 Best Director My Man Godfrey Nomination
    1937 Best Director Stage Door Nomination

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