Hot-desking with Louis B Mayer

Louis B Mayer with actor, William Powell, in his office at MGM. Date unknown.

UPDATE: 2 June, 2012 – When I initially added this post I didn’t know who the other man is sharing uncle Louis’ desk in his office at MGM. Thanks to my aunt who emailed me recently, I now know this is William Powell, a major star who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947).

I wished I knew when this photo was taken as I could then identify what they might be huddling about. Without this though I’m left wondering what movie? What deal? I wished I knew…

I love the pen holder, which of course relates to Louis B Mayer’s passion for thoroughbred race horses. Looking around there are two phones – perhaps one is an intercom? The rest is the usual flotsam and jetsam found on any busy exec’s desk today… or 70 years ago.

Thanks to my aunt for clarifying the mystery of the man hot-desking with uncle Louis.

Louis B Mayer biography by Scott Eyman:
Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer

The MGM Story – classic TCM series:
MGM: When the Lion Roars

William Powell biography:
The Thin Man Films Murder over Cocktails

Copyright Alicia Mayer 2012.

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2 comments

  1. […] While she was still in her early 20′s, women wanted to be her and men just wanted her. Men were a complex subject in her life. She loved her father but rarely got to see him after her starstruck mother left him to pursue her dream of becoming a star in Hollywood and dragged her teenage daughter with her. Harlow’s first major relationship was with a 21 year old heir to a large fortune. She was 16 and they eloped. Harlow’s next marriage was to MGM exec Paul Bern who was found shot dead in their home. Despite some concern that Harlow had killed him, she was cleared of Bern’s death and became more popular than ever. Then she found true love – her last love – William Powell, a huge MGM star who I feature in the blog post “Hot-desking with Louis B Mayer”. […]

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