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LOUIS B. MAYER (article first published : 2005-07-23)

In the Biographies slot on the History Channel on July 27 at 19h30, viewers can see the hour-long programme, Louis B. Mayer at 19h30.

Film mogul Louis B. Mayer was born in Minsk, Belarus. In 1907 he purchased a house in Haverhill, MA, refurbished it as a nickelodeon, and opened one of the earliest custom-designed cinemas.

He established theatres in New England which brought him to the film production of Metro Films in 1915 and the formation of the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer in 1924.The first vice-president in charge of production for MGM, he was instrumental in the creation of Hollywood as a dream factory and the establishment of the star system, with such successes as Ben Hur (1926), Grand Hotel (1932), the Andy Hardy series, Ninotchka (1939), and countless others. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1950.




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