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 LeRoy was born in San Francisco, to Jewish parents Edna (née Armer) and Harry LeRoy. 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


1923 22 Years Old LeRoy worked in costumes, processing labs and as a camera assistant until he became a gag writer and actor in silent films, including The Ten Commandments in 1923. … Read More
1927 26 Years Old 1 More Event
His first directing job was in 1927's No Place to Go. … Read More


1934 33 Years Old In 1934, he married Doris Warner, the daughter of Warner Bros. founder, Harry Warner. The couple had one son, Warner LeRoy and one daughter (Linda LeRoy Janklow). The marriage ended in divorce in 1942.
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 1 More Event
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


1960 59 Years Old …  On February 8, 1960, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street, for his contributions to the motion pictures industry. … Read More


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