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Louis B. Mayer

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Mayer with wife, 1948

Source: Wikipedia

Louis Burt Mayer (/ˈmeɪ.ər/; born Lazar Meir; July 12, 1884 – October 29, 1957) (Russian: Лазарь Меир) was an American film producer and co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios (MGM) in 1924. Mayer was skilled at developing star actors, including child actors, then placing them in consistently slick productions, such as musicals or comedies, for which MGM became famous. Under Mayer's management, MGM accumulated the largest concentration of leading writers, directors and stars in Hollywood.

Fact file

  • Born: Lazar Meir July 12, 1884 Minsk, Russian Empire (now present-day Belarus)
  • Died: October 29, 1957 (aged 73) Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Occupation: Film producer Studio executive
  • Years active: 1915–1950
  • Board member of: MGM
  • Spouse(s): Margaret Shenberg (1904–1947; divorced) Lorena Layson (1948–1957; his death)
  • Children: Edith (Edie) Mayer (1905–1987) Irene Mayer Selznick (1907–1990)

Read more about Louis B. Mayer at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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