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Family History

My great-grandmother Ida Mayer Cummings with her brother Louis B Mayer being presented with a plaque in appreciation from the Jewish Home for the Aged in 1952.

Here are very brief blurbs, with Wikipedia and other links, about some of the members of my family:

Louis B Mayer – one of my great-grandmother’s three younger brothers, who helped to found Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Oscars and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1950.

Ida Mayer Cummings – my great-grandmother and a legendary fundraiser who worked tirelessly for LA’s Jewish Home for the Aged (JHA), and whose legacy lives on through an organization that bears her initials today, Associates IMC, which has raised millions of dollars over 80 years. She had four children: Jack Cummings (see below), Ruth Cummings Rowland (married to Roy Rowland; they had one son, Steven Rowland), Mitzi Cummings Fielding (married to Sol Baer Fielding) and Leonard Cummings.

Jack Cummingsproducer and occasional director of dozens of notable MGM films including Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Elvis Presley’s many films, including Viva Las Vegas. In 1954, nominated for Best Picture Oscar for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Sol Baer Fielding – my grandfather was a fine artist, cartoonist and graphic artist. He also produced Trooper Hook (with Barbara Stanwyck), Tennessee Champ, Bright Road (Harry Belafonte’s debut) and Jeopardy. As far as I know, my grandfather was raised in Denver and as a kid worked for the Denver Post. He was a talented cartoonist, graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist. As a young man he was very close to Mexican artist, Ben Hur Baz, and later in life with legendary illustrator Burne Hogarth.

Edie Mayer Goetz – oldest daughter of LB Mayer, who married William “Bill” Goetz, who with Darryl Zanuck, created 20th Century Fox. Together, Edie and Bill created a significant art collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works.
Irene Mayer Selznick – LB’s youngest daughter, and a successful theater producer in her own right. First producer of A Streetcar Named Desire, which launched Marlon Brando’s career. Irene married film producer David O Selznick and they had two sons – L Jeffrey Selznick and Daniel Mayer Selznick (see below).
Daniel Mayer Selznick – theater and award-winning film producer, writer and columnist.
L. Jeffrey Selznick – championed film restoration through the Louis B Mayer Foundation and in association with Eastman House.
Gerald Mayer – the son of Louis B Mayer’s brother Jerry G Mayer, Gerald directed many iconic film and television productions – over 40 separate productions, including Eight is Enough, Bonanza, Lou Grant, Quincy, The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Fugitive, Mannix, Bob Hope Presents, and dozens more.
Nathan Cummings – founder of Sara Lee Foods and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

(Family mentioned here are either deceased or chosen a public profile. No living family members of current generations are identified by name.)

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