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Mervyn LeRoy

Film Director
Born Oct 15, 1900

Mervyn LeRoy was an American film director, film producer and sometime actor.

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1900 Birth Born on October 15, 1900.
1906 5 Years Old Born to Jewish parents in San Francisco, his family was financially ruined by the 1906 earthquake. (His paternal grandfather owned a successful San Francisco department store that was destroyed in the quake; the store was heavily insured, but the insurance company went bankrupt in the aftermath of the earthquake.) To make money, young Mervyn sold newspapers and entered talent shows as a singer. … Read More


1927 26 Years Old LeRoy worked in costumes, processing labs and as a camera assistant until he became a gag writer and actor in silent films. His first directing job was in 1927's No Place to Go. … Read More


1931 30 Years Old In 1931 he directed two key films which launched Edward G. Robinson into major stardom, the Oscar-nominated critique of tabloid journalism Five Star Final, and the classic gangster epic Little Caesar. … Read More
1938 37 Years Old In 1938 he was chosen as head of production at MGM, where he was responsible for the decision to make The Wizard of Oz. … Read More


1943 42 Years Old He was nominated in 1943 for Best Director for Random Harvest. and also in 1940 as the producer of The Wizard of Oz.
1946 45 Years Old In addition, he received an honorary Oscar in 1946 for The House I Live In, "for tolerance short subject", and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1976. … Read More


1965 64 Years Old LeRoy retired in 1965 and wrote his autobiography, Take One, in 1974. … Read More
1987 87 Years Old Died on September 13, 1987.
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