Irving  Thalberg

Irving Thalberg

Male 1899 - 1936  (37 years)    Has no ancestors but 2 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Irving Thalberg 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 30 May 1899  Brooklyn, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Sep 1936  Santa Monica, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I372781  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 

    Family 1 Rosabelle Laemmle,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married
    • During his Universal period
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147740  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Norma Shearer,   b. 10 Aug 1902, Montréal, QC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1983, Woodland Hills, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1927 
    Children 
     1. Irving Thalberg, Jr.
     2. Katherine Thalberg
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147741  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • started as a secretary in Universal's New York office and quickly became head of its California studio.

      Thalberg was born in New York City of German immigrant parents. He had a bad heart and was plagued with other ailments all of his life. He was quite intelligent with a thirst for knowledge but, convinced that he would never see thirty, he skipped college and became, at 20, a high-level executive at Carl Laemmle's Universal Studios. In 1924 he became the #2 man under Louis B. Mayer at MGM, the biggest studio in the world. In 1927 he married the actress Norma Shearer, whose career flourished as the wife of the most powerful and respected producer in Hollywood. They had two children; Irving, Jr. and Katherine. Thalberg believed in making quality pictures, as he felt that they brought status and prestige to the fledgling industry. His fragile health gave out on Sept. 14, 1936. After his death the Motion Picture Academy created the Irving Thalberg Award, given for excellence in production.


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