Watch closely now! Re­visit the his­tory of A Star Is Born, from 1937 to 2018.

WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT FOUR VER­SIONS OF THE HEART­BREAK­ING RO­MANCE THAT’S AL­WAYS EV­ER­GREEN

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STARS: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

PRO­DUCER: David O. Selznick; also pro­duced Gone With the Wind

DI­REC­TOR: Wil­liam A. Well­man STORY: As­pir­ing ac­tress Es­ther Blod­gett is dis­cov­ered by fad­ing movie star Nor­man Maine who helps launch her ca­reer. Es­ther’s name is changed to Vicki Lester. When Vicki de­cides to give up her ca­reer to nurse al­co­holic Nor­man, he drowns him­self in the Pa­cific. BUD­GET: $1.2 mil­lion

BOX OF­FICE: Over $2 mil­lion MU­SIC: “A Star Is Born,” sung by Buddy Clark.

AWARDS: Well­man and Robert Car­son won an Os­car for best writ­ing; also earned six other

Os­car noms.

FUN FACT: Famed Al­go­nquin Round Ta­ble mem­ber Dorothy Parker con­trib­uted to the screen­play. STARS: Judy Gar­land, James Ma­son

PRO­DUCER: Sid Luft; hus­band of Judy Gar­land DI­REC­TOR: Ge­orge Cukor; he had been re­placed as di­rec­tor on Gone With the Wind

STORY: Now Es­ther is an as­pir­ing singer dis­cov­ered by for­mer mati­nee idol Nor­man Maine. She changes her name to Vicki Lester, and her ca­reer soars.

Al­co­holic Nor­man is ar­rested; re­al­iz­ing that he’s drag­ging her down, Nor­man drowns him­self. BUD­GET: $5 mil­lion

BOX OF­FICE: $6.1 mil­lion MU­SIC: Big­gest hit: “The Man That Got Away,” sung by Judy with lyrics by Ira Gersh­win.

AWARDS: Six Os­car nom­i­na­tions (Judy lost to Grace Kelly in The Coun­try Girl)

FUN FACT: Luft wanted to cast Cary Grant, Humphrey Bog­art or Frank Sinatra as Nor­man, but stu­dio head Jack Warner even­tu­ally signed James Ma­son.

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