Tag Archive | the Oscars
For most of my life the legend of my uncle Louis B Mayer loomed large – sometimes tricky shadow, sometimes outright inspiration. For the last 12 months or so I have had a Google alert for Louis B Mayer and even though he has been dead for 50 years – wow – the chatter, the […]
“She was driven, passionate and unstoppable. It is uncanny to me how alike she and LB were in sheer determination…” It dawned on me recently as I looked at photos of my grandmother Mitzi and my great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings that I was looking at me in a few decades. The resemblances are uncanny in […]
My great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings was Louis B Mayer’s sister and best friend. They were the middle children of five – Yetta, Ida, LB, Gerald and Ruben. Louis B Mayer’s legacy was MGM, AMPAS, the Oscars, the MPAA and other major achievements. What is not as known is that his sister was the same mover and shaker in fundraising, and to this day an event she founded (the same year as LB founded the Academy Awards) is still a fixture in Los Angeles today. She was also the mother of four children, one of whom, Jack Cummings, went on to be a film producer in his own right.