We’re only a few days away from this year’s Oscars broadcast, and there’s a lot of buzz over the Best Picture category. A Star is Born is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Lead Actor (Bradley Cooper), Lead Actress (Lady Gaga), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott). But this is not the first time the story has been told on the big screen. The latest version is the fourth in almost a century.
A Star is Born originally appeared in theaters in 1937, starring Fredrick Marsh and Janet Gaynor. Same story as today’s version, but instead of a singer, Esther was an aspiring actress. In 1954, a remake starring Judy Garland and James Mason, featured an unbelievable song from Garland, The Man That Got Away, which was nominated for Best Original Song. Finally, in 1976, the movie starred Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (the part was originally offered to Elvis Presley, who turned down the lead role opposite Babs).
You know, there are just some stories that deserve to be told and retold. Like the story of our founder, Kaleb Brewer, who went from a young banking phenom, to oil and gas entrepreneur, to the depths of despair that almost cost him his life. At his lowest point, he was raised up by God, like a phoenix from the ashes, and brought to new heights and successes.
Is your story one that deserves to be told again and again? Will it influence and inspire others to achieve great things? Think about your story…A Star Is Born, a phoenix rises from the ashes…whatever the case, your story is your legacy. Tell it.
And, if the past is any indication, Oscars may be coming next week for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, and Sam Elliott: Each of the three A Star Is Born movies was nominated for (and two of the three films won) Academy Awards.
Be well and tell your story.
Dave Cowley is the Senior VP of Investor/Public Relations at Phoenix Construction.