Louis B. Mayer Overview:

Producer, Louis B. Mayer, was born Ezemiel Mayer on Jul 12, 1884 in Dymer, Russian Empire (now Ukraine). Mayer died at the age of 73 on Oct 29, 1957 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Home of Peace Memorial Park Cemetery in East Los Angeles, CA.



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. In addition, Mayer was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame . However he won one Honorary Award in 1950 for distinguished service to the motion picture industry.

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He was a master manipulator, and it was generally acknowledged that of all the great actors on the lot - the Barrymores, Spencer Tracy, Lon Chaney, Greta Garbo - Mayer was the best. He was not above-- or below-- crying, begging, threatening, charming or cussing (often within the same conversation) anyone out on the lot if it meant getting his way. When Robert Taylor tried to hit him up for a raise, Mayer advised the young man to work hard, respect his elders, and in due time he'd get everything he deserved. He hugged Taylor, cried a little and walked him to the door. Asked if he got his raise, the now tearful Taylor is said to have answered, "No, but I found a father." Taylor, remained a good company man--- and one of the most underpaid top actors on the lot, enjoyed a 25-year career with the studio.

Was lampooned by author/MGM writer Aldous Huxley in "Ape and Essence," in which Huxley's character Lou is purported to have denied Jesus Christ a pay raise.

Was highest paid American business executive throughout the 1930s.

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