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Irving Thalberg

Born: May 30, 1899

Death: Sep 14, 1936

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Irving Thalberg

Date of Birth : May 30, 1899
Date of Death : Sep 14, 1936
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Irving Grant Thalberg was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. He was called "The Boy Wonder" for his youth and his extraordinary ability to select the right scripts, choose the right actors, gather the best production staff and make hundreds of very profitable films, including Grand Hotel, China Seas, Camille, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Good Earth. His films carved out a major international market, "projecting a seductive image of American life brimming with vitality and rooted in democracy and personal freedom," states biographer Roland Flamini. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and as a child was afflicted with a congenital heart disease that doctors said would kill him before he reached the age of thirty. After graduating high school he took night classes in typing and worked as a store clerk during the day. He then took a job as a secretary at Universal Studios' New York office, and was later made studio manager for their Los Angeles facility, where he oversaw production of a hundred films during his three years with the company. Among the films he produced was The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He then partnered with Louis B.


  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director
  • Secretary

Also known as

  • I.R. Irving
  • Irving Grant Thalberg
  • The Boy Wonder


  • Henrietta Haymann
  • William Thalberg


  • Norma Shearer


  • Irving Thalberg, Jr.
  • Katherine Thalberg
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