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July 4 In Hollywood

The photos seem to be from another planet, or at least a parrallel universe. It was not so long ago that Hollywood was institutionally patriotic. Studio photos always included an Independence Day shot, frequently an innocent piece of cheesecake. Because what’s more American than igniting fireworks while wearing a bathing suit. L.B. Mayer of MGM […]

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Reborn on the Fourth of July

L.B. Mayer, a man without a birth date. Every Independence Day, L.B. Mayer (1884 – 1957) would shut down production at MGM and celebrate twin holidays: America’s birth, and the birthday of L.B. Mayer. Flags and bunting graced every building and sound stage. There was band music and rows of picnic tables groaning under the […]

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