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Louis B. Mayer
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    (July 4, 1885-October 29, 1957)
    Teamed with Sam Goldwyn and Marcus Loew to create Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) in the 30s and 40s
    Formed the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc.
    Founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    Conceived the idea of the Oscars
    He was known to throw full-blown temper tantrums, complete with feet kicking and fist banging.
    He was divorced.
    In his will, he excluded his daughter Edith and her husband.
    He was lampooned by author/MGM writer Aldous Huxley in 'Ape and Essence,' in which Huxley's character Lou is purported to have denied Jesus Christ a pay raise.
    His official date of birth was undetermined, so he chose July 4 as his birthday because he thought it helped his studio's reputation of being the 'All-American Dream Factory.'
    He was Massachusetts' most successful movie theater owner (1918).
    He was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
    He was the highest paid American business executive throughout the 1930's.
    He owned one-time record money winning horse 'Busher.'
    He selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

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