Louis B. Mayer

Executive, Producer, Distributor
One of the legendary moguls of Hollywood's Golden Age, Louis B. Mayer rose from the immigrant son of a junkman to the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer beginning with the company's inception in 1924 to his ouster in 1951. It ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1884 in Dymer, , UA

Filmography

Actor (1)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

One of the legendary moguls of Hollywood's Golden Age, Louis B. Mayer rose from the immigrant son of a junkman to the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer beginning with the company's inception in 1924 to his ouster in 1951. It was Mayer who helped to establish the studio's reputation as a glamorous dream factory on the strength of lavish epics and musicals like "Ben-Hur" (1925), "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and "Gone with the Wind" (1939), and for much of the Depression, audiences queued up to relieve their worries with one of Mayer's lush, family-friendly visions. Changing audience tastes and rampant production costs helped to unseat him in the early 1950s, which in turn signaled the beginning of the end of Old Hollywood's studio system. But in the decades following his death, Mayer's "beautiful pictures," as he liked to call them, endured as glimmering symbols of a period in Hollywood history where a studio could claim, in Mayer's words, to host "more stars than there are in heaven."

Relationships

Jacob Meir

Father

Sarah Meir

Mother

Suzanne Danker

Step-Daughter

Lorena Layson Actor

Wife
Married 1948 until his death Oct. 29, 1957

Edith Mayer

Daughter
Born August 13, 1905 mother, Margaret Mayer married producer William Goetz

Irene Mayer

Daughter
Born April 2, 1907 mother, Margaret Mayer married to David O. Selznick produced "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Chalk Garden" on Broadway

Gershon Meir

Brother
Born in 1891

Rubin Meir

Brother
Born in 1889

Ida Meir

Sister
Born in 1883

Yetta Meir

Sister
Born in 1878

Margaret Shenberg

Wife

EDUCATION

St John High School

Saint John , New Brunswick 1904

Bonus Trivia

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Mayer claimed his birth date was July 4 but no proof has ever been found to substantiate that claim.

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Mayer had been a delegate to the Republican Convention in 1928, and had supported Herbert Hoover’s bid for Secretary of Commerce, and frequently called on him during his two terms as president.

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