Hollywood Dreams Made Real

Hollywood Dreams Made Real

Irving Thalberg and the Rise of M-G-M

Book - 2008
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Nicknamed the "Boy Wonder," Irving G. Thalberg was running Universal Pictures at the age of twenty, and he cofounded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at twenty-four. Between 1924 and 1936, he supervised 400 memorable movies, making stars of Lon Chaney, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert, and Greta Garbo. By the time of his death at thirty-seven, Thalberg had lifted film to the level of fine art. In this groundbreaking book, Mark A. Vieira draws on newly discovered interviews and production records; the unpublished autobiography of Thalberg's wife, superstar Norma Shearer; and a treasure trove of unseen images to vividly recount the making of Ben-Hur, The Big Parade, Tarzan the Ape Man, Grand Hotel, Mutiny on the Bounty, A Night at the Opera , and scores of other classics . Hollywood Dreams Made Real is a fresh portrait of the prime architect of the studio system and an enchanting tour of the magical world he created.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2008.
ISBN: 9780810972346
Branch Call Number: 791.43 V673
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm


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May 29, 2018

Born in Brooklyn, NYC (1899) - (film producer) Irving Thalberg (aka. the "Boy Wonder") is credited as being the prime architect of the Hollywood studio system. He was one of the co-founders of MGM, Hollywood's most prestigious and profitable studios in its heyday.

Thalberg firmly believed in the careful grooming of an actor's image and he was notable for personally promoting the careers of such stars as Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Lon Chaney, and Joan Crawford (to name but a few). A seemingly tireless man when it came to his work - Thalberg produced a whopping 400 films in his short, but productive, lifetime.

Proudly presented by film historian, Mark Vieira - "Hollywood Dreams Made Real" is truly an impressive pictorial-history (containing over 200 stills) of Irving Thalberg's awesome career (1925-1936).

*Note* - in 1936 - Irving Thalberg (37 at the time) died of pneumonia.


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