Author, My Place in the Sun, Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington
This week, Ira spoke with George Stevens, Jr., author of My Place in the Sun, Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington. In this bicoastal episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, George talks about growing up in Hollywood under the shadow of his famous father; moving to Washington DC to join Edward R. Murrow at the USIA; creating the American Film Institute and the Kennedy Center Honors; what he learned from his father, including respecting the audience; and the importance of focuses on quality, which will always stand the test of time.
George Stevens, Jr., who grew up in Los Angeles with his legendary film making father, is the founder of the Kennedy Center and The American Film Institute. He’s the recipient of fifteen Emmys, eight Writers Guild Awards, two Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize and the 2012 Honorary Academy Award. Beyond these accolades Stevens spent time in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, creating films for the USIA during the Cold War.