Louis B. Mayer Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 12, 1884 in Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: October 29, 1957 in Los Angeles, California
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Louis B. Mayer (1884-1957), born Lazar Mayer in the Russian Empire, began his career in show business with the purchase of a burlesque house in Boston. Alternating between live shows and presentations of films, he made a fortune showing The Birth of a Nation (1914), using the money to expand his theater empire and eventually move into movie production in Los Angeles in 1918. There, Mayer formed Louis B. Mayer Productions before joining forces with Samuel Goldwyn and Marcus Loew to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M), which produced more films and created more film stars than any other studio over the next 25 years. Credited as being the creator of the "star system", Mayer was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he was the highest-paid American business executive in the 1930s, making a salary of $1.3 million in 1937. Mayer's credits as a producer include Human Desire (1919), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and I Take This Woman (1940).   
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1926 Memory Lane (Other), 1925 The Unholy Three (Other), 1925 Fine Clothes (Other), 1924 So This Is Marriage (Other), 1924 He Who Gets Slapped (Other), 1924 Sinners in Silk (Other), 1924 Wine of Youth (Other), 1924 Bread (Other), 1923 Strangers of the Night (Other), 1922 Rose o' the Sea (Other), 1921 Her Mad Bargain (Other), 1921 The Invisible Fear (Other), 1920 Harriet and the Piper (Other), 1920 The Fighting Shepherdess (Other), 1924 Wine of Youth (Producer), 1924 Thy Name Is Woman (Producer), 1923 Strangers of the Night (Producer), 1922 Rose o' the Sea (Producer), 1921 Her Mad Bargain (Producer), 1921 The Invisible Fear (Producer), 1920 Harriet and the Piper (Producer), 1920 The Fighting Shepherdess (Producer), 1919 Mary Regan (Producer), 1915 Always in the Way (Producer), 1915 Always in the Way (in person), 1938 Hollywood Goes to Town (in person), 1938 Another Romance of Celluloid (in person), 1925 1925 Studio Tour (in person), 1939 The Wizard of Oz (Production), 1937 The Candid Camera Story Very Candid of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (in person), 1982 Showbiz Goes to War (Other), 1976 Hollywood on Trial (Other), 2009 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (Other), 2007 Trumbo (Other), 2007 Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane (Other), 2004 Checking Out: Grand Hotel (Other), 2007 The Pirate: A Musical Treasure Chest (Other), 1995 The Casting Couch (Other), 1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (Other), 1987 Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (Other), 1972 Hollywood: The Dream Factory (Other), 1998 Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (Other), 1997 Judy Garland's Hollywood (Other), 1924 The Dixie Handicap (Other), 1924 Married Flirts (Other), 1924 Why Men Leave Home (Other), 1924 Women Who Give (Other), 1923 The Eternal Struggle (Other), 1923 Hearts Aflame (Other), 1922 One Clear Call (Other), 1922 The Woman He Married (Other), 1919 The Bishop's Emeralds (Other), 1919 A Midnight Romance (Other), 1919 A Midnight Romance (Producer), 1924 Why Men Leave Home (Producer), 1923 The Wanters (Producer), 1922 The Woman He Married (Producer), 1921 Playthings of Destiny (Producer), 1920 The Yellow Typhoon (Producer), 1920 The Inferior Sex (Producer), 1919 In Old Kentucky (Producer), 1919 Her Kingdom of Dreams (Producer), 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 8 (in person), 1930 Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 18 (in person), 2005 Facing the Past (Other), 2004 Love Find Andy Hardy Intro (Other), 2003 b_egin the Beguine (Other), 1924 Red Lily (Other), 1969 Hollywood: The Selznick Years (Other), 2005 Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood (Other), 1997-2003 Biography (Other), 1974 That's Entertainment! (Other), 1928 West of Zanzibar (Other), 1925 The White Desert (Other), 1925 Man and Maid (Other), 1925 Confessions of a Queen (Other), 1925 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (Other), 1925 The Great Divide (Other), 1924 Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Other), 1923 The Famous Mrs. Fair (Other), 1922 A Question of Honor (Other), 1921 Sowing the Wind (Other), 1921 Habit (Other), 1922 A Question of Honor (Producer), 1921 Sowing the Wind (Producer), 1921 Habit (Producer), 1920 Polly of the Storm Country (Producer), 1919 Human Desire (Producer), 1918 Virtuous Wives (Producer), 1916 Lovely Mary (Producer), 1916 Dimples (Producer), 1915 Barbara Frietchie (Producer), 1931 Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 6 (in person), 2001 Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (Other), 2006 Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (Other), 2008 Gable and Crawford (Other), 1952 Actor's and Sin (Other), 2004 So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (Other), 2004 Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (Other), 1926 Mike (Other), 1925 Proud Flesh (Other), 1925 The Sporting Venus (Other), 1925 The Denial (Other), 1925 Lady of the Night (Other), 1925 Excuse Me (Other), 1924 Greed (Other), 1924 The Wife of the Centaur (Other), 1924 The Silent Accuser (Other), 1924 The Snob (Other), 1924 His Hour (Other), 1922 The Song of Life (Other), 1921 The Child Thou Gavest Me (Other), 1920 Old Dad (Other), 1920 The Woman in His House (Other), 1940 I Take This Woman (Producer), 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (Producer), 1924 Greed (Producer), 1920 The Woman in His House (Producer), 1917 Somewhere in America (Producer), 1917 The Great Secret (Producer), 1922 Seeing Stars (in person), 2007 Girl 27 (Other), 2003-2004 American Masters (Other), 2006 Private Screenings (Other), 1986 Greta Garbo: The Temptress and the Clown (Other), 1997 Sobbin' Women: The Making of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' (Other), 1990 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (Other), 2005 Garbo (Other), 2004 On Your Marx, Get Set, Go! (Other), 1998 Junket Whore (Other), 1996 Great Performances (Other), 1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (Other), 1980 Hollywood (Other)

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