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Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(October 15, 1900 – September 13, 1987) was an American film director, film producer, author, and occasional actor.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Later life 5 Other interests 6 Partial filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] LeRoy was born in San Francisco on October 15, 1900[1] to Jewish parents[2] Edna (née Armer) and Harry LeRoy.[3][4] His family was financially ruined by the 1906 earthquake that destroyed his father's import-export business. To make money, young Mervyn sold newspapers in front of the Alcazar Theater after his dad's death in 1910. From this newspaper sales location, he was given a bit part for a play. Through his winning a Charlie Chaplin impersonation contest, he moved into vaudeville then minor parts in silent movies.[1] Career[edit] LeRoy worked in costumes, processing labs and as a camera assistant until he became a gag writer and actor in silent films, including The Ten Commandments in 1923. LeRoy credits Ten Commandments director, Cecil B. DeMille, for inspiring him to become a director: "As the top director of the era, DeMille had been the magnet that had drawn me to his set as often as I could go."[5] Leroy also credits DeMille for teaching him the directing techniques required to make his own films.[5] His first directing job was in 1928's No Place to Go.[1] When his movies made lots of money without costing too much, he became well received in the movie business. He directed two key films which launched Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
into major stardom, the Oscar-nominated critique of tabloid journalism Five Star Final
Five Star Final
(1931),[citation needed] and the classic gangster film Little Caesar (1931), which made his mark.[1] From that point forward, LeRoy would be responsible for a diverse variety of films as a director and producer.[citation needed] LeRoy ended up working at Warner Bros..[6] In 1938 he was chosen as head of production at MGM,[6] where he was responsible for the decision to make The Wizard of Oz.[7] He was responsible for discovering Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum[citation needed] and Lana Turner.[1] 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
The FBI Story
and Gypsy. 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
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
in 1976.[1] A total of eight movies Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
directed or co-directed were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, one of the highest numbers among all directors. Personal life[edit] LeRoy married three times and had many relationships with Hollywood actresses. He was first married to Elizabeth Edna Murphy in 1927, which ended in divorce in 1933. During their separation, LeRoy dated Ginger Rogers, but they ended the relationship and stayed lifelong friends. In 1934, he married Doris Warner, the daughter of Warner Bros. founder, Harry Warner. The couple had one son, Warner LeRoy and one daughter, Linda LeRoy Janklow (married to Morton L. Janklow).[1] His son, Warner LeRoy, became a restaurateur. The marriage ended in divorce in 1942. In 1946, he married Kathryn "Kitty" Priest Rand, a gentile who was previously married to Sidney M. Spiegel (the co-founder of Essaness Theatres
Essaness Theatres
and grandson of Joseph Spiegel); and restaurateur to Ernie Byfield).[8][9] They remained married until his death. LeRoy also sold his Bel Air, Los Angeles
Bel Air, Los Angeles
home to Johnny Carson.[10] Later life[edit] LeRoy retired in 1965 and wrote his autobiography, Take One, in 1974.[citation needed] After being bed ridden for six months, LeRoy died natural causes and heart issues in Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills, California
at age 86. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[1] On February 8, 1960, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 1560 Vine Street, for his contributions to the motion pictures industry.[11][12] Other interests[edit] A fan of thoroughbred horse racing, Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
was a founding member of the Hollywood Turf Club, operator of the Hollywood Park Racetrack[1] and a member of the track's board of directors from 1941 until his death in 1987.[13] In partnership with father-in-law, Harry Warner, he operated a racing stable, W-L Ranch Co., during the 1940s/50s.[citation needed]

Partial filmography[edit] LeRoy directed or produced

As director, unless otherwise noted.

The Ghost Breaker (1922) (uncredited actor only) My American Wife
My American Wife
(1922) (uncredited actor only) Prodigal Daughters
Prodigal Daughters
(1923) (actor only) Little Johnny Jones (1923) (actor only) The Call of the Canyon
The Call of the Canyon
(1923) (actor only) Broadway After Dark
Broadway After Dark
(1924) (actor only) No Place to Go (1927) (directoral debut[1]) Naughty Baby (1928) Hot Stuff (1929) Little Johnny Jones (1929) Little Caesar (1931)[1] Five Star Final
Five Star Final
(1931) Tonight or Never (1931) High Pressure (1932) The Heart of New York (1932) Two Seconds
Two Seconds
(1932) Three on a Match
Three on a Match
(1932) I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
(1932) Elmer, the Great
Elmer, the Great
(1933) Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
(1933) Tugboat Annie
Tugboat Annie
(1933) The World Changes
The World Changes
(1933) Hi Nellie!
Hi Nellie!
(1934) Heat Lightning (1934) Happiness Ahead (1934) Sweet Adeline (1934) Oil for the Lamps of China (1935) Page Miss Glory (1935) I Found Stella Parish
I Found Stella Parish
(1935) Anthony Adverse
Anthony Adverse
(1936) They Won't Forget (1937) (producer and uncredited director) starring Lana Turner[1] Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937) (producer only) The Wizard of Oz (1939) MGM, producer only[1] Waterloo Bridge (1940) nominated for an Academy Award[1] Escape (1940) (director and producer) Blossoms in the Dust
Blossoms in the Dust
(1941) (director and co-producer) Johnny Eager
Johnny Eager
(1942) (director and co-producer) Random Harvest (1942) nominated for an Academy Award[1] Madame Curie (1943) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo[1] (1944) The House I Live In (1945) co-producer and uncredited director, won Academy Award: Special[1] Without Reservations (1946) Homecoming (1948) Little Women (1949) nominated for an Academy Award,[1]director and producer East Side, West Side[1] (1949) Any Number Can Play
Any Number Can Play
(1949) Quo Vadis[1] (1951) Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) Latin Lovers (1953) Mister Roberts (1955) (co-director) The Bad Seed (1956) (director and producer) Toward the Unknown
Toward the Unknown
(1956) (director and producer) No Time for Sergeants[1] (1958) (director and producer) Home Before Dark (1958) (director and producer) The FBI Story[1] (1959) (director and producer) The Devil at 4 O'Clock[1] (1961) A Majority of One (1961) Gypsy[1] (1962) (director and producer) Mary, Mary (1963) (director and producer) Moment to Moment
Moment to Moment
(1966) (director and producer) The Green Berets (1968) (uncredited co-director)

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Producer Mervyn LeRoy dies". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. September 14, 1987. p. 3. Retrieved May 12, 2017 – via Google News.  ^ Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
– Biography, Bruce Eder, Allmovie ^ Peter B. Flint (1987-09-14). "Mervyn LeRoy, 86, Dies - Director and Producer". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-09-20.  ^ "Whither Quo Vadis: Sienkiewicz's Novel in Film and Television - Ruth Scodel, Anja Bettenworth - Google Books". Books.google.com. p. 215. Retrieved 2015-09-20.  ^ a b Tibbetts, John C. ed. American Classic Screen Profiles, Scarecrow Press (2010) p. 175 ^ a b Hay, Peter (1991). MGM: When the Lion Roars. Georgia: Turner Publishing, Inc. pp. 169–170.  access-date= requires url= (help) via Rudolph, Kalie (28 June 2011). "The Golden Era of Hollywood: The Making of The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind". Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review. 3 (1). Retrieved May 12, 2017.  ^ Harmetz, Aljean (1977). The Making of the Wizard of Oz. New York: Alfred K. Knopf. p. 3.  access-date= requires url= (help) via Rudolph, Kalie (28 June 2011). "The Golden Era of Hollywood: The Making of The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind". Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review. 3 (1). Retrieved May 12, 2017.  ^ Los Angeles Times: "Kathryn LeRoy; Philanthropist, Civic Leader" February 08, 1996 ^ Chicago Jewish History: "Ernest Byfield: The Pump Room and The Pageant" by William Roth September 2006 ^ Zannella, Michael (November 25, 1974). "The Johnny Carsons". People Magazine. Archived from the original on December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 19, 2017.  ^ " Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
Hollywood Walk of Fame". www.walkoffame.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.  ^ "Mervyn LeRoy". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.  ^ [1] Archived February 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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Films directed by Mervyn LeRoy

No Place to Go (1927) Hot Stuff (1929) Playing Around
Playing Around
(1930) Show Girl in Hollywood
Show Girl in Hollywood
(1930) Numbered Men
Numbered Men
(1930) Top Speed (1930) Little Caesar (1931) Gentleman's Fate
Gentleman's Fate
(1931) Too Young to Marry (1931) Broadminded (1931) Five Star Final
Five Star Final
(1931) Local Boy Makes Good
Local Boy Makes Good
(1931) Tonight or Never (1931) Big City Blues (1932) Two Seconds
Two Seconds
(1932) Three on a Match
Three on a Match
(1932) I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
(1932) High Pressure (1932) Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
(1933) Tugboat Annie
Tugboat Annie
(1933) The World Changes
The World Changes
(1933) Heat Lightning (1934) Anthony Adverse
Anthony Adverse
(1936) They Won't Forget (uncredited) (1937) Waterloo Bridge (1940) Escape (1940) Blossoms in the Dust
Blossoms in the Dust
(1941) Johnny Eager
Johnny Eager
(1942) Random Harvest (1942) Madame Curie (1943) Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
(1944) The House I Live In (1945) Without Reservations (1946) Homecoming (1948) Little Women (1949) Quo Vadis (1951) Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) Latin Lovers (1953) Mister Roberts (1955) The Bad Seed (1956) Toward the Unknown
Toward the Unknown
(1956) No Time for Sergeants
No Time for Sergeants
(1958) Home Before Dark (1958) The FBI Story
The FBI Story
(1959) Wake Me When It's Over (1960) A Majority of One (1961) The Devil at 4 O'Clock
The Devil at 4 O'Clock
(1961) Gypsy (1962) Mary, Mary (1963) Moment to Moment
Moment to Moment
(1966) The Green Berets (1968)

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Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1938) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1939) David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
(1940) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1942) Sidney Franklin (1943) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1944) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1945) Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
(1947) Jerry Wald
Jerry Wald
(1949) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1951) Arthur Freed (1952) Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
(1953) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1954) Buddy Adler (1957) Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
(1959) Stanley Kramer
Stanley Kramer
(1962) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1964) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1966) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1967) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1968) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1971) Lawrence Weingarten (1974) Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(1976) Pandro S. Berman
Pandro S. Berman
(1977) Walter Mirisch (1978) Ray Stark (1980) Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1982) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1988) David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(1991) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1992) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1995) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(1997) Norman Jewison
Norman Jewison
(1999) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2000) Dino De Laurentiis
Dino De Laurentiis
(2001) John Calley (2009) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(2010)

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Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
Award

Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
(1952) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1953) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1954) Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
(1955) Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
(1956) Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(1957) Buddy Adler (1958) Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
(1959) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1960) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1961) Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1963) Joseph E. Levine
Joseph E. Levine
(1964) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1965) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1966) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1967) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1968) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1969) Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
(1970) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1971) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1972) Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
(1973) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1974) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1975) Walter Mirisch (1977) Red Skelton
Red Skelton
(1978) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1979) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1980) Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
(1981) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1982) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1983) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1984) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1985) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1986) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1987) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1988) Doris Day
Doris Day
(1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1990) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1991) Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
(1992) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1993) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1994) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1995) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1998) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1999) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2000) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2001) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2002) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(2003) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2004) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(2005) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2006) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2007) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2009) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2010) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2011) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2012) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2013) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2014) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2015) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2016) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2017) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2018)

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