Lion of Hollywood

Lion of Hollywood

The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer

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Baker & Taylor
Draws on 150 interviews and previously unavailable archival resources to chronicle the Hollywood Golden Age mogul's life from his early years in the Russian shtetls, to his rise to the head of MGM, to his embittered exile, a career during which he promoted a conservative worldview, discovered such stars as Greta Garbo, and founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Lion of Hollywood is the biography of Louis B. Mayer, the chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - MGM - the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood's Golden Age.
An immigrant from tsarist Russia, Mayer began in the film business as an exhibitor but soon migrated to where the action and the power were - Hollywood. Through sheer force of energy and foresight, he turned his own modest studio into MGM, where he became the most powerful man in Hollywood, bending the film business to his will. He made great films, including the fabulous MGM musicals, and he made great stars: Garbo, Gable, Garland, and dozens of others. Through the enormously successful Andy Hardy series, Mayer purveyed family values to America. At the same time, he used his influence to place a federal judge on the bench, pay off local officials, cover up his stars' indiscretions, and, on occasion, arrange marriages for gay stars. Mayer rose from his impoverished childhood to become at one time the highest-paid executive in America.
Lion of Hollywood is a three-dimensional biography of a figure often caricatured and vilified as the paragon of the studio system. Mayer could be arrogant and tyrannical, but under his leadership MGM made such unforgettable films as The Big Parade, Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and An American in Paris.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on interviews and previously unavailable archival resources to chronicle the Hollywood Golden Age mogul's life from his early years in the Russian shtetls, to his rise to the head of MGM, to his embittered exile.

Simon and Schuster
Lion of Hollywood is the definitive biography of Louis B. Mayer, the chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer -- MGM -- the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood's Golden Age.

An immigrant from tsarist Russia, Mayer began in the film business as an exhibitor but soon migrated to where the action and the power were -- Hollywood. Through sheer force of energy and foresight, he turned his own modest studio into MGM, where he became the most powerful man in Hollywood, bending the film business to his will. He made great films, including the fabulous MGM musicals, and he made great stars: Garbo, Gable, Garland, and dozens of others. Through the enormously successful Andy Hardy series, Mayer purveyed family values to America. At the same time, he used his influence to place a federal judge on the bench, pay off local officials, cover up his stars' indiscretions, and, on occasion, arrange marriages for gay stars. Mayer rose from his impoverished childhood to become at one time the highest-paid executive in America.

Despite his power and money, Mayer suffered some significant losses. He had two daughters: Irene, who married David O. Selznick, and Edie, who married producer William Goetz. He would eventually fall out with Edie and divorce his wife, Margaret, ending his life alienated from most of his family. His chief assistant, Irving Thalberg, was his closest business partner, but they quarreled frequently, and Thalberg's early death left Mayer without his most trusted associate. As Mayer grew older, his politics became increasingly reactionary, and he found himself politically isolated within Hollywood's small conservative community.

Lion of Hollywood is a three-dimensional biography of a figure often caricatured and vilified as the paragon of the studio system. Mayer could be arrogant and tyrannical, but under his leadership MGM made such unforgettable films as The Big Parade, Ninotchka, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and An American in Paris.

Film historian Scott Eyman interviewed more than 150 people and researched some previously unavailable archives to write this major new biography of a man who defined an industry and an era.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005
ISBN: 9780743204811
0743204816
Branch Call Number: Biography M452e
Characteristics: 596 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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HansOlsen
Apr 14, 2013

Most of the bio was a page turner until the last quarter of the book with the decline of MGM..
There were lots of interesting facts about Meyer's Canadian roots and his childhood home @ Saint John NB. He traveled back to NB throughout his successful years up until 1939 (for family ties) and he had received an honorary degree from UNB. At one time he was given the Key to the city. Very little of this connection is known now-a-days but the book stressed the fact that he always acknowledged his Canadian ties and nurtured the ex-pat community in the Los Angeles film community.

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