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Lawrence Weingarten
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Producer
    (December 30, 1897-February 5, 1975)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Executive for over 70 MGM films
    President of the Screen Producers Guild (1962)
    Joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1927
    Produced 'Sadie McKee,' 'Pat and Mike,' 'Adam's Rib,' 'Day At The Races,' 'I'll Cry Tomorrow,' 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,' 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' and 'The Honeymoon Machine'
    Recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1974)
    When asked about editing a scene from an early film of his during the rushes, he answered: 'Don't bother to tear that sequence down. I don't like that type of thing in any of MY pictures!'
    Buster Keaton told his biographer that he believed he had been appointed by Irving Thalberg on grounds of nepotism (he married Irving's sister).
    This claim can be disputed, however, because he had been directing Tim McCoy westerns for Harry Rapf since 1925.
    Keaton may or may not have had an ax to grind given that Weingarten's view on him went as follows: ''He could have gone on his own, nobody asked him to sign the contract at Metro. Don't you see, he was a child, with the mentality of a child. He had no other world as far as I know.'
    His Irving G. Thalberg Award appearance was largely overshadowed by the presenter - Katharine Hepburn, - who made her only appearance at the Academy Awards for the occasion (at his insistence, granted).
    His wife Jessie Marmorston was a leading researcher in the field of heart disease.
    He was an actor who opted to make a living behind the camera shortly after his film debut in the 1916 film 'Bitter Sweet.'
    He started out as a publicity man, and was co‐head of of Metro's editorial board.
    His career as a studio producer began, in 1921, when he produced a series of Biblical films with E.J. Banks.
    He was credited with making stars out of Spencer Tracy and Marie Dressler.
    He also strongly influenced the direction for the careers of Myrna Loy and Jackie Coogan.
    He was a lifelong friend of Katharine Hepburn, who when presenting him his award called him: 'this fine man, this modest man, this remarkably productive, producer.'

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