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Louis B. Mayer (1884–1957)


Mayer was born Lazar Mayer in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he changed his name to Louis and fudged his birth date ... See full bio »

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 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (leadership: MGM)
 1928 West of Zanzibar (presenter)
 1926 Memory Lane (presenter)
 1926 Mike (presenter)
 1925 The Unholy Three (presenter)
 1925 Fine Clothes (presenter)
 1925 The White Desert (presenter)
 1925 Proud Flesh (presenter)
 1925 The Sporting Venus (presenter)
 1925 Man and Maid (presenter)
 1925 Confessions of a Queen (presenter)
 1925 The Denial (presenter)
 1925 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (presenter)
 1925 Lady of the Night (presenter)
 1925 The Great Divide (presenter)
 1925 Excuse Me (presenter)
 1924 The Dixie Handicap (presenter)
 1924 Greed (presenter)
 1924 The Wife of the Centaur (presenter)
 1924 So This Is Marriage? (presenter)
 1924 The Silent Accuser (presenter)
 1924 The Snob (presenter)
 1924 He Who Gets Slapped (presenter)
 1924 Married Flirts (presenter)
 1924 His Hour (presenter)
 1924 Red Lily (presenter)
 1924 Sinners in Silk (presenter)
 1924 Wine of Youth (presenter)
 1924 Tess of the D'Urbervilles (presenter)
 1924 Bread (presenter)
 1924 Why Men Leave Home (presenter)
 1924 Women Who Give (presenter)
 1923 The Eternal Struggle (presenter)
 1923 Strangers of the Night (presenter)
 1923 The Famous Mrs. Fair (presenter)
 1923 Hearts Aflame (presenter)
 1922 Rose o' the Sea (presenter)
 1922 One Clear Call (presenter)
 1922 The Woman He Married (presenter)
 1922 A Question of Honor (presenter)
 1922 The Song of Life (presenter)
 1921 Her Mad Bargain (presenter)
 1921 The Invisible Fear (presenter)
 1921 The Child Thou Gavest Me (presenter)
 1921 Sowing the Wind (presenter)
 1921 Habit (presenter)
 1920 Old Dad (presenter)
 1920 Harriet and the Piper (presenter)
 1920 The Woman in His House (presenter)
 1920 The Fighting Shepherdess (presenter)
 1919 The Bishop's Emeralds (presenter)
 1919 A Midnight Romance (presenter)
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7 Print Biographies | 14 Portrayals | 45 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Louis Mayer

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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[in the March 1925 issue of "The Motion Picture Director"] Of the many artists who help to make up the finished film none is more important than the director. He can always improve a story... He is largely responsible for the acting of his cast and there are hundreds of little details of picture making that are entirely within his hands. See more »

Trivia:

During his career at MGM, Mayer only answered to two men: Marcus Loew--who died on September 25, 1927--and his replacement at MGM parent Loew's Inc., Nicholas Schenck. It was an uncomfortable relationship for both men. Schenck inherently understood Mayer's value as a the head of MGM but resented his price. The two men would fight bitterly over the years over business matters, with Schenck ... See more »

Nickname:

L.B. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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