Irving Thalberg is one of Hollywood's success stories -- and tragedies. A brilliant but sickly child who was mostly self-educated, he was a mogul at MGM by the age of 25. The producer responsible for classic films like Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Freaks, Grand Hotel, and hundreds more, Thalberg brought taste, daring, and vast profits to MGM ...Read MoreIrving Thalberg is one of Hollywood's success stories -- and tragedies. A brilliant but sickly child who was mostly self-educated, he was a mogul at MGM by the age of 25. The producer responsible for classic films like Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Freaks, Grand Hotel, and hundreds more, Thalberg brought taste, daring, and vast profits to MGM before his tragic death. This is Bob Thomas's authoritative look at the man and his achievements.Read Less
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Grade: C. Catalog: Non-Fiction Biography Synopsis: 399 pages. At 23, Norma Shearer mistook him for an office boy. Thalberg set her stright-and married her. When he died at 37, his life provided the r...
Excellent overview of the life and times of film legend Irving Thalberg, the 'boy wonder' of Hollywood. Thalberg was a self-consumed film maker who ran Universal Studios production at the age of 21. He went over to MGM and Louis Mayer and became a legend. Ill health always was uppermost in his mind, and he stoically accepted that he would not have a long life. He married movie star Norma Shearer and they apparently had a real, sharing marriage. The book has more than 140 photos and gives one a sense of Thalberg the movie giant more than Thalberg the man, but for the uninitiated it's a great introduction of Hollywood at the end of the silent era and into the first decade of "talkies." Hundreds of films are mentioned, some are talked about in detail. One of my favorite silent films, "The Big Parade" is discussed in detail, as is Thalberg's relationship with the great actor and director Erich von Stroheim. It's an easy read, it's entertaining, and it's a must for anyone studying film history.
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