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Joseph Schenck
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    (December 25, 1878-October 22, 1961)
    Born in Rybinsk, Russia
    Emigrated to US at age 15
    Started out managing drugstores and amusement park concessions with his brother Nicholas
    Early business partner of Marcus Loew
    Chairman of United Artists (1924)
    Co-founder (with Darryl F. Zanuck) and executive producer of Twentieth Century Fox (1933-1957)
    His wife Norma Talmadge addressed him as ‘Daddy.’
    He dismissed talking pictures as a fad.
    He was sentenced to a year in jail for tax evasion and union payoffs (1946).
    He was pardoned by President Truman after serving only four months.
    Louis B. Mayer called him ‘Joe Skunk.’
    He was possibly the most powerful Hollywood executive of all time.
    He helped make Buster Keaton a star.
    His brother Nicholas also became a mogul, at rival studio MGM.
    He may have been pressured by organized crime into paying off the studio union.
    He was the mentor (and possible lover) of Marilyn Monroe.

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