Irving Grant Thalberg was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. He was called “The Boy Wonder” for his youth and ability to select scripts, choose actors, gather production staff, and make profitable films, including Grand Hotel, China Seas, Camille, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Good Earth. His films carved out an international market, “projecting a seductive image of American life brimming with vitality and rooted in democracy and personal freedom,” states biographer Roland Flamini. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and as a child was afflicted with a congenital heart disease that doctors said would kill him before he reached the age of thirty. After graduating from high school he worked as a store clerk during the day and to gain some job skills took a night class in typing. He then found work as a secretary with Universal Studios’ New York office, and was later made studio manager for their Los Angeles facility.
|Born:||Irving Grant Thalberg, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||September 14, 1936, Santa Monica, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
|Children:||Irving Thalberg, Jr. (1930–1987), Katharine Thalberg (1935–2006)|
|Relatives:||Sylvia Thalberg (sister)|
|IMDb:||Irving Thalberg’s IMDb|
About Irving Thalberg
American film producer who worked during the early years of motion pictures.
He took a job as a secretary for Universal Pictures in New York and was moved up to a studio manager in Los Angeles.
He was born with a congenital heart disease that led to his death around the age of 30.
He married actress Norma Shearer and together they had two children.
He collaborated with such legends as Greta Garbo.
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