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Adolph Zukor
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    (January 7, 1873-June 10, 1976)
    Born in Ricse, Hungary
    Founder of Famous Players Film Company (1912), later Paramount Pictures (1914)
    President of Paramount (1914-1936), Chairman of the Board (1936-1959), Chairman Emeritus until his death
    Produced ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ (1913), ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ (1913), ‘The Sheik’ (1922) and ‘The Covered Wagon’ (1923)
    He approached movies mainly as a businessman.
    He became involved in films almost by accident when a cousin asked for a loan to invest in theaters.
    He would buy up theater chains that were then obliged to screen Paramount features.
    He had several nicknames, including ‘Sugar,’ ‘Uncle Adolph’ and ‘Creepy.’
    Despite being a movie mogul he spent little time in Hollywood.
    He said, ‘The public is never wrong.’
    He immigrated to the US at age 16 with 40 dollars sewn into his coat lining.
    He started out sweeping floors at a fur shop and became a wealthy fur merchant by age 30.
    He was one of the first to recognize the money-making and cultural potential of movies (initially seen as cheap novelties).
    He screened the first full length feature in America, Sarah Bernhardt’s ‘Queen Elizabeth’ (1912).
    He helped make Hollywood respectable by promoting famous stage actors and producing films based on classics.
    In an industry full of egomaniacs, he was modest and self-effacing.

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