Baker & Taylor Profiles the influential Hollywood figure of the 1920s and 1930s, from his role in the creation of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, through his contributions to Hollywood history, to his untimely death at the age of thirty-seven
Book News A biography of Hollywood producer Irving G. Thalberg, the short-lived movie mogul of the 20s and 30s said to be the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon . Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Blackwell North Amer Here, at last, is the first major biography of Irving G. Thalberg, one of the most influential and fascinating figures in 1920s and 30s Hollywood and the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon. Born with a weak heart and told by doctors that he would not live past thirty (he died at thirty-seven), Thalberg lived and worked with an uncommon intensity. At age twenty-three, he joined forces with Louis B. Mayer to build M-G-M into Hollywood's biggest and most successful studio, noted for its style, glamour, uncompromising production standards, and vast roster of stars. His vision shaped the writing, casting, and editing of every M-G-M film, including Ben-Hur, Grand Hotel, Mutiny on the Bounty, and A Night at the Opera. Thalberg helped to establish the Academy Awards, and now the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Award honors Hollywood's great producers. Thalberg tried to thwart the development of the Screen Writers Guild. And, amazingly, he tailored M-G-M's movies to the standards of Nazi propaganda chief Dr. Goebbels in order to ensure their distribution in Germany. Thalberg is a rich, colorful biography, filled with revelations about Thalberg's relationship with stars from Clark Gable to the Marx Brothers, his battles with Mayer, Sam Goldwyn, and other Hollywood moguls, and his marriage to Norma Shearer, the actress he wanted the world to love.
Baker & Taylor Profiles the influential Hollywood figure of the 1920s and 1930s, from his role in the creation of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, through his contributions to Hollywood history, to his untimely death at the age of thirty-seven. 15,000 first printing. National ad/promo.