Hollywood Dreams Made Real

Irving Thalberg and the Rise of M-G-M



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Mark A. Vieira


Nicknamed the “Boy Wonder,” Irving G. Thalberg was running Universal Pictures at the age of twenty, and he cofounded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at twenty-four. Between 1924 and 1936, he supervised 400 memorable movies, making stars of Lon Chaney, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert, and Greta Garbo. By the time of his death at thirty-seven, Thalberg had lifted film to the level of fine art. In this groundbreaking book, Mark A. Vieira draws on newly discovered interviews and production records; the unpublished autobiography of Thalberg’s wife, superstar Norma Shearer; and a treasure trove of unseen images to vividly recount the making of Ben-Hur, The Big Parade, Tarzan the Ape Man, Grand Hotel, Mutiny on the Bounty, A Night at the Opera, and scores of other classics. Hollywood Dreams Made Real is a fresh portrait of the prime architect of the studio system and an enchanting tour of the magical world he created.

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Weight 1347 g
Dimensions 28.7 x 23.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 17 November 2008
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 28.7 x 23.8 cm
Weight 1347 g


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Mark A. Vieira is a portrait photographer, a film historian, and the author of four other books published by Abrams: Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits, Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, Hollywood Horror: From Gothic to Cosmic, and Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy. He maintains a studio in the historic Granada Buildings in Los Angeles.