In 2012 Alicia Mayer received the first batch of historical Mayer and Cummings family photos as digital files from her aunt, and thus started a deep connection and commitment to preserving her family’s Hollywood legacy. She began this blog and sharing these amazing treasures with the world – many of which had either never been seen before or not for many decades.
In 2015 her aunt sent another delivery, but this time of original photographs, priceless memorabilia, scrapbooks, letters and other keepsakes. As a result, Alicia is now the custodian of hundreds of photos and documents relating to the Cummings and Mayer families.
Her great-uncle, MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, helped create Hollywood, and other family members were prominently involved in the film business, as you will see from the list below.
Her great-grandmother, Ida Mayer Cummings (Louis B. Mayer’s older sister), was a notable fundraiser in Los Angeles, who devoted her life to Jewish causes and connected with the who’s who of society, from stars and filmmakers to politicians, religious figures, titans of business and industry, and more…
Alicia’s family legacy not only includes the founding of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Oscars, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but also 20th Century Fox and more.
She not only comes from one of the film business’ first families, but is also a film historian, blogger and social media influencer in her own right. Alicia’s network of influence includes film experts, publishers, journalists and columnists, film bloggers, best-selling biographers and authors, collectors, auction houses, trustees/managers of major actor estates, filmmakers and, of course, fans spanning silent film through to classic Hollywood movies, TV and radio.
Here are some bios about Alicia’s many family members who helped shape Hollywood:
- Louis B. Mayer
- Edie Mayer Goetz and her husband Bill Goetz – 20th Century Pictures
- Irene Mayer Selznick and her husband David O. Selznick – MGM, RKO, United Artists, Selznick International Pictures, David O. Selznick Productions
- Daniel Mayer Selznick
- L. Jeffrey Selznick – co-founder of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, Eastman House
- Richard Shepherd – Warner Bros, MGM, MCA and founded Artists Agency (son in law of Edie and Bill Goetz)
- Jack Cummings – MGM
- Ruth Cummings Rowland – MGM
- Roy Rowland – MGM
- Steven Rowland – MGM, Fontana Records, Polydor Atlantic, Bell, EMI and producer for Sixto Rodgriguez
- Mitzi Cummings Fielding – MGM
- Sol Baer Fielding – MGM
- Jerry Mayer – MGM
- Gerald Mayer – MGM, Lorimar, ABC, MTM Productions, Aaron Spelling Productions
- William Windom – ABC, CBS, NBC
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(Mayer is a maternal last name that Alicia uses as a pen name.)