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Jesse Lasky
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    (September 13, 1880-January 13, 1958)
    Born in San Francisco, California
    Birth name was Jesse Louis Lasky
    Formed the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company (1913)
    Founder of Paramount Pictures (1914), with Adolph Zukor and W.W. Hodgkinson
    Produced 'The Sheik' (1921), 'Beyond the Rocks' (1922), 'Beau Geste' (1926), 'The Last Command' (1928), 'Innocents of Paris' (1929), 'Sergeant York' (1941), 'The Adventures of Mark Twain' (1944) and 'Rhapsody in Blue' (1945)
    He was practically bald by the time he was thirty.
    In his twenties, he lost his entire savings after joining the gold rush to Alaska and coming up empty-handed.
    He lost $100,000 on a nightclub he opened in New York, which proved to be a financial fiasco.
    His professional partnership with Mary Pickford was short-lived.
    He was blamed for the near-collapse of Paramount in the Depression years, resulting in his being ousted from his leadership role in 1932.
    He was Cecil B. DeMille's brother-in-law.
    He co-produced the first feature film in Hollywood, 'The Squaw Man' (1914).
    He is widely credited with 'discovering' Mae West.
    He launched the career of Maurice Chevalier, signing him to do his first two Hollywood films.
    He scooped his competitors by signing Rudolph Valentino away from MGM for 'The Sheik,' a film that solidified his status as a cultural icon.
    He was one of the 36 people who founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1927).
    He lost his estimated $20 million fortune during the Wall Street Crash.
    He was almost completely forgotten at the time of his death, despite virtually inventing the role of the 'movie mogul.'

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