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George L. George

George L. George, 85, film director whose “Toward Independence” won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1948, died Jan. 5 in New York of heart failure.

George directed documentaries, educational and industrial films and TV commercials for independent producers.

In the early ’40s, he was among the organizers of the Screen Directors Guild of New York and was also active in the establishment of its successor, the Screen Directors Intl. Guild. He was this organization’s executive secretary from 1958 to 1963.

When the organization merged with the Hollywood-based Directors Guild of America in 1966, George was elected to the group’s Eastern directors council. He remained in the office until 1989.

Born in Moscow, George was educated in Paris and moved to the U.S. in 1933 where he was a correspondent for French periodicals.

Survived by a son, a daughter, two sisters and six grandchildren.

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