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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell), a star Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner) and a director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan). He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top moviemakers.
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Film Trivia & Facts
• The working title, Tribute to a Bad Man
, was later used as the title of an unrelated MGM feature. One reason for the title change was to add "beautiful", in consideration of the top-billed Lana Turner.
• This movie holds the record for most Academy Awards won by a film not nominated for Best Picture, with five.