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  2. The History of The Oscars Academy Awards - NPR

    At the center of our tale is one man, Louis B. Mayer, a Hollywood mogul who created The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its award show to placate the Hollywood writers and actors ...

  3. Sinister Facts About Louis B. Mayer, The Monster Of MGM

    In the hot summer of 1942, Louis B. Mayer received a horrific letter in the mail. In the message, an anonymous writer had scrawled: “MR MAYER, IS YOUR LIFE WORTH $250,000 TO YOU BECAUSE IF IT ISN’T – YOU WILL BE A VERY DEAD MAN INSIDE OF TWO SHORT WEEKS!” True to form, Mayer didn’t panic–he got brutally even.

  4. The Ruby Slippers: Inventing an American Icon | Lemelson ...

    The saga of the ruby slippers' creation begins with studio head Louis B. Mayer, a man who was every bit as autocratic, as wily, and as self-made as the great Wizard of Oz himself. (2) By the late 1930s, Mayer had succeeded in building a moviemaking empire, founded on his philosophy of a "star system" that helped ensure artistic quality and ...

  5. Louis B. Mayer - IMDb

    Overview Born July 12, 1884 · Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine] Died October 29, 1957 · Los Angeles, California, USA (leukemia) Birth name Lazar Meir Nicknames L.B. "the old gray Mayer" Height 5′ 6″ (1.68 m) Mini Bio

  6. Five Old-Hollywood Starlets Who Endured Sexual Harassment ...

    Clark says famous producer Louis B. Mayer repeatedly groped her while she sang, placing his hand on her left breast to "show just where her heart was." "I often thought I was lucky that I didn't...

  7. Louis B. Mayer - IMDb

    Louis B. Mayer. Producer: The Great Secret. Mayer was born Lazar Meir 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.

  8. Louis B. Mayer. Birth. 4 Jul 1885. Minsk, Minsk City District, Belarus. Death. 29 Oct 1957 (aged 72) Westwood, Los Angeles County, California, USA. Burial. Home of Peace Memorial Park.

  9. The Death of Louis B. Mayer | History Today

    Richard Cavendish r emembers the life of Louis B. Mayer, who died on October 29th, 1957. Richard Cavendish | Published in History Today Volume 57 Issue 10 October 2007. Louis B. Mayer with Joan Crawford at the premiere of Torch Song (1953) L.B. as he was called was head of production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1924 to 1951.

  10. Louis B. Mayer | The Canadian Encyclopedia

    Louis B. Mayer, born Eliezer Mayer, studio executive (born at Minsk, Russia ca 1885; died at Los Angeles, Ca 29 Oct 1957). Louis B. Mayer's working-class family immigrated to New York when he was a small child, and in 1890 moved to Saint John, NB, where his father became a junk dealer.

  11. LION OF HOLLYWOOD The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer

    For Eyman, the story of Louis B. Mayer is a story not just of one remarkably driven man but of an industry filled with similarly driven men (and the occasional woman), for whom making movies was a ...