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Hollywood's ruler's, past and present -- Louis B. Mayer and ... Harvey Levin?!

"SADLY, a great swathe of the public has very negative views on my great-uncle Louis B. Mayer." I received this from Alicia Mayer, in response to my referring to LB as a "monstrous dictator." Alicia urged me to read Scott Eyman's "Lion in Hollywood -- The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer" for "an entirely new perspective." Hmmm. Well, my perspective on Louis B. Mayer has always been that he was a genius and innovator who loved films and knew other geniuses (Irving Thalberg) and great stars ("more than there are in heaven") when he saw them. As to the dictatorial side of him, to do him justice we'd probably have to cut all the...

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