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Born in Paris, France
Died in Sainte-Maxime, Var, France
Birth NameLéon Ernest Gaumont

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Léon Gaumont was born on May 10, 1864 in Paris, France as Léon Ernest Gaumont. He was a producer, known for The First Men in the Moon (1919), Oscar au bain (1913) and Monte Cristo Up-to-Date (1914). He was married to Camille Maillard. He died on August 10, 1946 in Sainte-Maxime, Var, France.

Spouse (1)

Camille Maillard (1888 - ?) ( her death) ( 5 children)

Trivia (7)

The Gaumont emblem, a daisy with the name "Gaumont" through the centre, was inspired from his mother's first name. This was registered on 14 January 1908.
Demonstrated the Chronophotograph projector, which can screen over 600 meters of film due to the spooling system, at the French Photographic Society in Paris on 6 January 1899.
Opened show rooms at 41 avenue de l'Opéra, Paris, on 15 February 1900 to market the Kinora, a machine that can transform photos into moving pictures, which had been created by Louis Lumiére in 1896.
The Chrono de poche ("Pocket Chrono"), a machine made for the amateur market in 15mm format, was launched by him (Paris, 30 September 1900). Its method takes and projects films with central perforation.
Formed the Gaumont Film Production Co. in 1895 with Alice Guy-Blache as chief director. A major rival to the Pathe organization in Britain and France. Gaumont was forced to yield to competition from Hollywood in the 1920s, his American subsidiary being amalgamated with MGM.
His youngest son Raymond visited Gaumont's American offices in 1912 to study U.S. film production.
Invented the sound-on-disc format in 1902.

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