“My Place in The Sun” Takes Readers on a Journey Through Hollywood History
George Stevens, Jr. was born into Hollywood royalty. His father, George Stevens, was an Oscar-winning director who worked on some of Hollywood's most iconic films. Growing up in the shadow of his father's fame, George Jr. struggled to find his place in the world. But he ultimately rose to the challenge, forging his path in the entertainment industry. George Stevens Jr. began his career in film when Edward R. Murrow enlisted him to work on the Motion Picture Service at the USIA in John F. Kennedy's Washington. His innovative efforts helped instigate the so-called USIA filmmaking’s "golden era", and he quickly gained a reputation for respecting motion pictures as a form of art. In 1967, the American Film Institute appointed him as the founding director. George Stevens, Jr. has had a front-row seat to several of America's most important political and cultural moments. In his book, My Place In The Sun, he shares his insights on everything from the Hollywood studio system to the civil rights movement. Having spent most of his life in Hollywood, Stevens worked on several classic films with his father. In this memoir, he vividly recounts his experiences in films The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), Giant (1956), Shane (1953), and A Place in the Sun (1951). He candidly explores how the greatness of his father's achievements and talent had him questioning himself about his creative path.