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Mervyn LeRoy (October 15, 1900 - September 13, 1987) was an American film director, producer and sometime actor. Born to Jewish parents in San Francisco, California, his family was financially ruined by the 1906 earthquake. To make money, young Mervyn sold newspapers and entered talent shows as a singer. Through this he worked his way into vaudeville. When his act broke up, he and his cousin, Jesse Lasky, went to Hollywood. October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in Leap years). ... 1900 (MCM) is a common year starting on Monday. ... September 13 is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... City nickname: The City by the Bay Location Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Government County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 600. ... 1906 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Global earthquake epicenters, 1963–1998 An earthquake is a sudden and sometimes catastrophic movement of a part of the Earths surface. ... Vaudeville was a style of multi-act theater which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... Jesse Louis Lasky (September 13, 1880 - January 13, 1958) was a pioneer Hollywood film producer. ... ...


LeRoy worked in costumes, processing labs and as a camera assistant until he became a gag writer and actor in silent films. His first directing job was in 1927's No Place to Go. When his movies made lots of money without costing too much, he became well-received in the movie business. A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In 1930 he directed the gangster epic Little Caesar, and his career was made. In 1938 he was chosen as head of production at MGM. It was his doing that the studio made The Wizard of Oz. He was responsible for discovering Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum and Lana Turner. 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Little Caesar is a 1931 crime drama which tells the story of a man who works his way up the ranks of the mob until he reaches its upper heights. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... Clark Gable from the cover of Clark Gable: Biography, Filmography, Bibliography by Chrystopher J. Spicer Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 —November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, and the biggest box-office star of the early sound film era. ... Loretta Young in 1935 Loretta Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an American actress. ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... Lana Turner Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American actress famed early in her career for tight sweaters and smoldering sensuality and later in her career for sudsy romance films with maximum tragedy and glamorous gowns. ...


In the 1950s LeRoy directed such musicals as Lovely to Look At, Million Dollar Mermaid, Latin Lovers and Rose Marie. He moved to Warner Brothers, where he was responsible for such famous films as Mister Roberts, The Bad Seed, No Time for Sergeants, The FBI Story and Gypsy. // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the the baby boom from returning GIs who... Warner Bros. ... Movie poster of 1955s Mister Roberts. ... Movie poster for The Bad Seed The Bad Seed is a novel by William March which was adapted into a play by Maxwell Anderson. ... The FBI Story is a 1959 drama film directed and produced by Mervyn LeRoy and starring James Stewart. ... Gypsy: A Musical Fable is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. ...


He was nominated in 1943 for Best Director for Random Harvest. and also in 1940 as the producer of The Wizard of Oz. In addition, he received an honorary Oscar in 1946 for The House I Live In, "for tolerance short subject", and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1976. 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Random Harvest is a 1942 film in which a man loses his memory after being traumatized by his experiences in World War I. He begins a new life, then suddenly regains his memory and tries to pick up his old life, having no recollection of his new life. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The House I Live In was a 1945 short film made by producer Frank Ross and actor Frank Sinatra to oppose anti-Semitism and prejudice at the end of World War II. It received a special Academy Award in 1946. ... The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is awarded periodically (although not every year) at the Academy Awards ceremonies to Creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


LeRoy retired in 1965 and wrote his autobiography, Take One, in 1974. He died in Beverly Hills, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Beverly Hills, California Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, almost entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. ... Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 79. ... An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ...


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