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Lion of Hollywood : the life and legend of Louis B. Mayer

Author: Scott Eyman
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2005] ©2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lion of Hollywood is the biography of Louis B. Mayer, the chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - MGM - the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood's Golden Age." "An immigrant from tsarist Russia, Mayer began in the film business as an exhibitor but soon migrated to where the action and the power were - Hollywood. Through sheer force of energy and foresight, he turned his own modest studio into MGM, where he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biographie
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Eyman, Scott, 1951-
Lion of Hollywood.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2005
(OCoLC)607596334
Named Person: Louis B Mayer; Louis B Mayer; Louis B Mayer; Louis B Mayer; Louis B Mayer
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Eyman
ISBN: 0743204816 9780743204811
OCLC Number: 57506846
Description: 596 pages, 24 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Scott Eyman.
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Lion of Hollywood is the definitive biography of Louis B. Mayer, the chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - MGM - the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood's Golden Age.  Read more...

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