Jesse L. Lasky

Film Producer
Born Sep 13, 1880

Jesse Louis Lasky was an American pioneer motion picture producer. He was a key founder of Paramount Pictures with Adolph Zukor, and father of screenwriter Jesse L. Lasky, Jr.

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1880 Birth Born on September 13, 1880.


1913 32 Years Old Born in San Francisco, California, he worked at a variety of jobs but began his entertainment career as a vaudeville performer that led to the motion picture business. His sister, Blanche, married Samuel Goldwyn and in 1913 Lasky and Goldwyn teamed with Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel to form the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. … Read More
1916 35 Years Old In 1916, their company merged with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Film Company to create the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation.
1920 39 Years Old In 1920, Famous Players-Lasky built a large studio facility in Astoria, New York, now known as the Kaufman Astoria Studios.


1927 46 Years Old In 1927, Lasky was one of the thirty-six people who founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


1933 52 Years Old Financial problems arose within the industry as a result of the Great Depression and the Famous Players-Lasky Company went into receivership in 1933. … Read More


1945 64 Years Old Lasky then found work as a producer at one of the big studios until 1945 when he formed his own production company.
1951 70 Years Old He made his last film in 1951 and in 1957 published his autobiography, I Blow My Own Horn. … Read More
1958 77 Years Old Died on January 13, 1958.
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