Dear Media: You hung the wrong movie mogul. Louis B. Mayer was no #HarveyWeinstein

It has been a tough week. There have now been several high profile news outlets that have not only claimed Louis B. Mayer was a 'sexual predator' but stated it as a matter of fact, and positioned him not only as Harvey Weinstein's antecedent but the root of all evil in Hollywood. Variety has now … Continue reading Dear Media: You hung the wrong movie mogul. Louis B. Mayer was no #HarveyWeinstein

Louis B. Mayer was no sexual predator. Here is my statement. #HarveyWeinstein

Forgive me as this post is based on a series of tweets I made earlier today. Thank you again if you reached out to me at that time. I have decided to make a more formal statement as well. ALSO READ: Dear Media, You Hung the Wrong Movie Mogul. Louis B. Mayer was No Harvey … Continue reading Louis B. Mayer was no sexual predator. Here is my statement. #HarveyWeinstein

CJ Johnson of ABC Radio podcast Movieland interviews Alicia Mayer

CJ Johnson, host and producer of Movieland, ABC Radio's podcast for lovers of film and the film business, interviewed me for the latest episode. Together, we cover the controversy over Ben Urwand's book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler and what it has taken to defend my great-uncle, Louis B. Mayer, from Urwand's sensationalistic claims. At the time of the … Continue reading CJ Johnson of ABC Radio podcast Movieland interviews Alicia Mayer

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Louis B. Mayer

Three things you didn't know about Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss, Louis B. Mayer: 1. Your money or your life On June 26, 1942, Louis B. Mayer received a rambling three page letter purportedly from six men who wanted him dead, but would accept $250,000 to let him live. The letter began: "MR MAYER, IS YOUR LIFE … Continue reading Three Things You Didn’t Know About Louis B. Mayer

Ida Mayer Cummings and Mary Pickford

What Ben Urwand has taught us: the package is not the product

For those of you who follow my blog or follow me on Twitter and elsewhere, you will know that I have been shocked at the instant acceptance that Ben Urwand received from the media and in other forums for his sensationalist claims that Hollywood's Jewish moguls collaborated with Hitler and his regime. Basically, as soon … Continue reading What Ben Urwand has taught us: the package is not the product

UPDATED REBUTTALS LIST! The dark side of book publicity is revealed as rebuttals flow in for Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

LATEST NEWS (Sept 13, 2017): Two new books are the last nails in this book's coffin. "How could Harvard have published Urwand's The Collaboration?" David Denby, The New Yorker "If you're looking for proof of collaboration in the WW 2 sense, or a pact with Hitler? Save your money." Paul Teetor, LA Weekly "Urwand is … Continue reading UPDATED REBUTTALS LIST! The dark side of book publicity is revealed as rebuttals flow in for Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

A Rebuttal to Ben Urwand and The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

UPDATE: click here to see the list of 30+ rebuttals, critical reviews and controversy coverage since this initial post was written. "Regarding Urwand's sickening claims about my own great-uncle, Louis B. Mayer, Greco says, "Urwand writes unaware or indifferent to the terrible libel he is committing." I need your help. Imagine for a moment that your family … Continue reading A Rebuttal to Ben Urwand and The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

Not Harlow. Mary Dees, the actress who filmed Jean Harlow’s unfinished scenes in Saratoga.

"Backstage at the Shubert Theatre, the stage manager hesitates to pop his head into in the star dressing room. He’s not sure he can take looking at the young woman one more time. That’s not something he’s ever thought about a gorgeous woman before. His motto - You can look at a buffet all you … Continue reading Not Harlow. Mary Dees, the actress who filmed Jean Harlow’s unfinished scenes in Saratoga.

Judy Garland – the tragic arc of the child star.

My grandmother, Mitzi Cummings, interviews a very young Judy Garland, who in this photo looks like she may be promoting her first movie, musical short Every Sunday, which included fellow child actor, Deanna Durbin. Date unknown, however the location is most likely an MGM set. Like any starry-eyed teenager, the young singer was ready to … Continue reading Judy Garland – the tragic arc of the child star.

How Hamlet nearly killed Oscar: The big studio revolt that almost ended the Academy Awards

It would take just a week after the shocking awards ceremony for the response from the big studios to hit the headlines, as they did on the 1st of April, 1949 and read like April's Fool Day jokes, including "Academy Awards May Be Stopped" and "Hollywood Oscars May Be On The Way Out." The first … Continue reading How Hamlet nearly killed Oscar: The big studio revolt that almost ended the Academy Awards