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Bringing Up Oscar

The Story Of The Men And Women Who Founded The Academy

By Debra Ann Pawlak

The untold story of the innovative pioneers who helped make movies the preeminent art form of the twentieth century by founding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, then just a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a common dream: to bring artistic validity to their beloved new medium.

Today, movies are so ingrained in our culture it is hard to imagine a time when former cowpunchers, prospectors, vaudevillians, even junk dealers made up the rules as they went along. Prohibition and the Great Depression were keeping everyone on edge, and the business was rife with murders and drug scandals. Something had to happen. And so on January 11th, 1927, thirty-six members of Hollywood's elite and not-so-elite came together at the behest of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. From Cecil B. DeMille to Mary Pickford, Harry M. Warner, who owned a bike shop before launching the revolutionary “talkie” The Jazz Singer, even Joseph M. Schenck, freed from jail just in time to discover Marilyn Monroe—each guest was more colorful than the last. Although they didn’t know it yet, these thirty-six achievers and dreamers gave birth to a golden child.

Who were these movers and shakers who would change movies forever? And what about Oscar, their famous son? He is fast approaching his 100th birthday, and is still the undisputed king of Hollywood. Yet with such dynamic parents, what else could we expect? 12 black-and-white photographs

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Format: Book
Author: Pawlak, Debra Ann
Summary: Presents the story of the thirty-six motion picture pioneers, including Cecil B. DeMille and Mary Pickford, who joined together to found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and organized the annual Academy Awards.
Title: Bringing up Oscar : the story of the men and women who founded the academy / Debra Ann Pawlak.
Publisher Date: New York : Pegasus Books, c2011.
Subject: Academy Awards (Motion pictures) Motion pictures -- United States -- History
Isbn: 9781605981376 1605981370
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Format: Book
Author: Pawlak, Debra Ann
Summary: Presents the story of the thirty-six motion picture pioneers, including Cecil B. DeMille and Mary Pickford, who joined together to found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and organized the annual Academy Awards.
Title: Bringing up Oscar : the story of the men and women who founded the academy / Debra Ann Pawlak.
Publisher, Date: New York : Pegasus Books, c2011.
Description: xvii, 361, [16] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Academy Awards (Motion pictures)
Subjects: Motion pictures -- United States -- History
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-360).
ISBN: 9781605981376
ISBN: 1605981370
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Call Number: 791.43079 Paw