Irving Thalberg

Film Producer
Born May 30, 1899

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 his extraordinary ability to select the right scripts, choose the right actors, gather the best production staff and make hundreds of very profitable films, including Grand Hotel, China Seas, Camille, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Good Earth.… Read More

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1899 Birth Born on May 30, 1899.


1919 20 Years Old In early 1919, Laemmle left for New York and asked Thalberg, then only 20 years of age, to oversee the nine ongoing film productions and nearly thirty scenarios then under development. … Read More
1922 23 Years Old …  In late 1922, Thalberg was introduced to Louis B. Mayer, president of a small, but dynamic and fast-growing studio. … Read More
1924 25 Years Old …  From 1924 until 1936, when Thalberg died at age 37, "almost every film bore Thalberg's imprint," notes Mark Vieira. … Read More
1925 26 Years Old Greta Garbo In 1925, a young Greta Garbo, then twenty, and unable to speak any English, was brought over from Sweden at Mayer's request, as he saw how she looked in still photos. … Read More
1927 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1927, after the successful release of the first full-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer (1927), he nevertheless felt that talking pictures were a fad. … Read More


1932 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1932. … Read More
1933 34 Years Old When Thalberg returned to work in 1933, it was as one of the studio's unit producers, albeit one who had first choice on projects and MGM resources, including its stars, due to his closeness to Nicholas Schenck, who was then president of MGM corporate parent Loew's Inc. … Read More
1936 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Thalberg and Shearer took a much-needed Labor Day weekend vacation in Monterey, California, in 1936, staying at the same beachfront hotel where they spent their honeymoon. … Read More
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