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      Irving Thalberg

      Irving Thalberg

      Highest Rated: 100% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

      Lowest Rated: 67% Mata Hari (1931)

      Birthday: May 30, 1899

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      From the early 1920s until his premature death in 1936, producer and studio executive Irving G. Thalberg walked the line between commerce and art in transforming the Hollywood system and shifting the balance of power from directors to the studios. Thalberg had his start with Carl Laemmle's Universal Studios, where he guided hits like "Foolish Wives" (1922) and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) through production, famously clashing with director Erich von Stroheim on the former. In 1924, Thalberg left Universal for newly-formed rival MGM, where he thrived under head Louis B. Mayer with "The Big Parade" (1925), "The Divorcee" (1930) and "Grand Hotel" (1932). Regarded by the American film industry with a mixture of respect, awe, envy and fear, Thalberg was deemed a "Boy Wonder," until suffering a heart attack in 1932 that led to his departure from MGM. He returned as a producer the following year and went on to make massive hits like "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1934), "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) and "A Night at the Opera" (1935), as well sharing his life with MGM's grand dame, actress Norma Shearer, who had married him in 1927. Though he died young, Thalberg remained eternal. His obsession with quality films and unwavering faith in public opinion turned him into a paragon of the studio factory system and an exemplar of public taste, all of which cemented his place as a Hollywood legend.

      Filmography

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      Credit
      No Score Yet 69% Possessed Producer - 1947
      100% 61% Broadway Melody of 1938 Executive Producer - 1937
      95% 76% The Good Earth Producer - 1937
      94% 89% A Day at the Races Producer - 1937
      93% 84% Camille Producer - 1936
      80% 74% China Seas Executive Producer - 1935
      No Score Yet 40% No More Ladies Producer - 1935
      96% 84% Mutiny on the Bounty Producer - 1935
      No Score Yet 46% Riffraff Producer - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl Producer - 1935
      78% 70% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Producer - 1934
      82% 77% The Merry Widow Producer - 1934
      No Score Yet 69% Red Headed Woman Producer - 1932
      100% 68% Tarzan, the Ape Man Producer - 1932
      95% 88% Freaks Producer - 1932
      86% 77% Grand Hotel Producer - 1932
      No Score Yet 31% Strange Interlude Producer - 1932
      86% 56% As You Desire Me Producer - 1932
      No Score Yet 57% A Free Soul Executive Producer - 1931
      No Score Yet 30% The Secret Six Producer - 1931
      67% 55% Mata Hari Producer - 1931
      80% 61% Private Lives Producer - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Lady's Morals Producer - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Producer - 1929
      No Score Yet 55% Wild Orchids Producer - 1929
      92% 88% Show People Producer - 1928
      96% 90% The Crowd Producer - 1928
      No Score Yet 93% Laugh, Clown, Laugh Producer - 1928
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twelve Miles Out Producer - 1927
      100% 65% The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Executive Producer - 1927
      94% 85% Flesh and the Devil Producer - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Mandalay Producer - 1926
      100% 79% The Merry Widow Producer - 1925
      88% 79% The Unholy Three Producer - 1925
      96% 91% Greed Producer - 1924
      No Score Yet 87% He Who Gets Slapped Producer - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Merry-Go-Round Producer - 1923
      89% 71% Foolish Wives Producer - 1922