George James Hopkins

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George Hopkins
Born(1896-03-23)March 23, 1896
Pasadena, California, USA
DiedFebruary 11, 1985(1985-02-11) (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California
Occupationart director
Years active19171975
 
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George Hopkins
Born(1896-03-23)March 23, 1896
Pasadena, California, USA
DiedFebruary 11, 1985(1985-02-11) (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California
Occupationart director
Years active19171975

George James Hopkins (March 23, 1896 – February 11, 1985), was a set designer, playwright and production designer.

A native of Pasadena, California, Hopkins got his start designing scenery on stage after studying design in college. He moved to films in 1917, working as an art director for various studios. During his long career, Hopkins had been nominated for the Oscars thirteen times.

Connection to the murder of William Desmond Taylor[edit]

Hopkins had a professional and intimate relationship with silent film director William Desmond Taylor, whose unsolved murder was one of early Hollywood's biggest scandals. On the 1922 morning that Taylor's body was found, Charles Eyton instructed Hopkins to remove a basket of documents from the murder scene, and Hopkins obeyed. Hopkins' unpublished 1981 autobiography, Caught in the Act, was used as a major source for Charles Higham's book on the Taylor murder.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Set Decorator[edit]

Oscar Nominations[edit]

Art Direction/Set Decoration

Art Direction/Set Decoration – Black & White

Art Direction/Set Decoration – Color

Interior Decoration – Black & White

Interior Decoration – Color

References[edit]

  1. ^ Higham, Charles (2004), Murder in Hollywood: solving a silent screen mystery, University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 0-299-20360-3 
  2. ^ Palm Springs Weekend at the American Film Institute Catalog

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