Profile of director George Cukor (1899-1983). In 1939, Cukor suffered what many considered the largest setback in the history of Hollywood. After 18 days on the set, he was fired as director of "Gone With the Wind." Yet, despite being discharged from the biggest production the film industry had ever seen, Cukor triumphed over what might have been a career catastrophe. Over the next 40 years, he was responsible for dozens of Hollywood's most influential and beloved film, including "The Philadelphia Story" and "Adam's Rib."