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1880

Jesse Louis Lasky born in San Francisco CA, the son of shoe-store proprietor Isaac Lasky and his wife Sarah.

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1888

Family, including sister Blanche, moves to San Jose CA

 

1897 

Family moves back to San Francisco

 

1899

Playing cornet in San Francisco
Cloverdale Citrus Fair, February 18

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1900

to Nome, Alaska, on the S.S. Zealandia

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1900

In Nome
Celebrates July 4, 1900 in Nome
To Hawaii on S.S. Zealandia

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1901-02

Begins playing cornet duets with sister Blanche
To Boston with Blanche and mother

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1902-03

Vaudeville engagements Boston to New York
New York, engaged for 40-week season tour with Hermann the Great
Road Show: Kansas, San Jose, San Francisco, Montreal, Washington DC

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c.1904-1905

Becomes manager of Hermann the Great
Finds replacement act [Rolfes] for Laskys
To Europe to get bookings for Hermann

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1906-1910

New York to Europe, producing vaudeville acts, sending out 40 acts between 1906-1910
Opened Orpheum Theatre in Yonkers December 1907

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1909

[summer?] Vacation in Adirondaks, meets Bessie Ginzberg
December, marries Bessie Ginzberg in Boston

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1910

-September 19, son Jesse Leonard Lasky, Jr. born in New York
-Sister Blanche marries glove salesman Sam Goldfish [later Goldwyn] [W]
-With partner Henry Harris produces Folies Bergère on Broadway, New York
-Meets Cecil B. DeMille's mother, a play broker, to engage son William to write operetta California
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Become partners with Cecil B. DeMille in California

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1911

Folies Bergère closes

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1913

-Decide to make movies with DeMille
-In NYC form Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. with JLL president, Goldfish general manager, DeMille director General, and actor Dustin Farnum as star, to make The Squaw Man
-Oscar Apfel hired as director
-Cecil B. DeMille and Apfel go west to film The Squaw Man, rents a barn on Selma and Vine in Hollywood
-Filming begins on The Squaw Man December 29, 1913
-Harry Reichenbach hired to handle publicity

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1914

-February 17 - First showing The Squaw Man at Longacre Theatre NY
-March - Lasky to Hollywood
-July - Call of the North
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Moves family out to California
-William DeMille moves to Hollywood to organize first story department
-Wilfred Buckland hired as first art director
-Lasky's build first home on Hillside & LaBrea
-"21 films the first year"
-Meets Adolph Zukor, president of Famous Players
-Paramount Pictures formed as first film distribution company

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1915

-"36 releases in the second year"
-Blanche Sweet, Wallace Reid becomes big Lasky stars
-Samuel Goldfish and Blanche Lasky divorce

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1916

Three-way merge of Lasky-Famous Players-Paramount becomes Famous Players-Lasky
Lasky and Zukor buy out Sam Goldfish
Goldfish joins with Edgar Selwyn to form Goldwyn Pictures Corp.

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1917

Lasky befriends Enrico Caruso during filming
"production schedule for that year called for 104 features"

 

1918

Old Wives For New

 

1919

Acquisition of Charles Frohman Co. with backlog of unproduced plays
Walter Wanger hired to run Frohman Co., (later to be General Manager of Paramount Pictures)
Blanche Lasky marries Hector Turnbull, screenwriter
Lasky brings Elinor Glyn to Hollywood
-C.B. DeMille takes Gloria Swanson from Mack Sennett comedies and makes her a glamorous star for Famous Players-Lasky with Male and Female, For Better, for Worse, Don't Change Your Husband

 

1920

-Lasky and Gilbert Miller families travel to Europe together
-Lasky celebrates 40th birthday in Budapest
-Lasky negotiates with European writers, including Somerset Maugham, for literary properties
-Famous Players Lasky opens Astoria Studios, Long Island NY

 

1921

Lasky signs Rudolph Valentino for The Shiek

 

1922

-After dispute, Valentino parts with Famous Players-Lasky
-Scandals involving Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, William Desmond Taylor lead to industry self-regulations with Will Hays as arbiter, the first President of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA)

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1923

-had made 360 features since The Squaw Man

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1924

-To Paris to make Madame Sans-Gene with Gloria Swanson, where she meets and marries the Marquis Henri de la Falaise de la Coudray.
-Epic film, The Covered Wagon, released
-Cecil B. DeMille leaves Famous Players-Lasky
-First technicolor film Wanderer of the Wasteland released

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1925

-[circa] Lasky organizes Paramount School at Astoria Studios to develop new talent

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1926

-Graduating exercises for Paramount School (March 2)
-Fascinating Youth tailored for contract winners, including Charles (Buddy) Rogers and Thelma Todd
-Barn moved to new 26-acre Marathon Studios lot on Marathon Street
-Paramount Theater opens in New York City (November)

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BMOH, p. 193

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1927

-Famous Players-Lasky reorganized under Paramount Pictures Corp
-Lasky production Wings wins first Academy Award for Best Picture
-First successful sound picture, The Jazz Singer, opens
-15-year-old Jesse Jr. publishes book of poems, Songs From the Heart of a Boy

 

1928

-Lasky hires Erich von Stroheim (The Wedding March, The Honeymoon)
-Top Paramount star Gloria Swanson leaves to join forces with Erich von Stroheim to make Queen Kelly, a fiasco that was never released.
-Paramount's first 100% talkie, Interference, is produced.

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BMOH, p. 191

1929

-Laskys in Paris where Jesse discovers Maurice Chevalier and invites him to Hollywood.
-Stock market crash
-Paramount Famous-Lasky becomes Paramount-Publix

 

1930

-Trades Paramount stock plus Santa Monica beach house with Harry Warner for $250,000

 

1931

-Blanche Lasky dies

 

1932

-April 30, left office at Paramount for last time
-Astoria Studios closed down

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1933

-Becomes independent producer at Fox, makes 18 pictures in three years

 

1934

 

1935

 

1936

Lasky and Mary Pickford form Pickford-Lasky Productions, Inc.

 

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1938

 

1939

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1940

Produces Broadway flop Quiet, Please!

1941

Sergeant York premieres, wins Best Picture Oscar

 

1942

 

1943

 

1944

The Adventures of Mark Twain released

 

1945

June 26: Rhapsody in Blue premieres

 

1946

Without Reservations produced with cousin Mervyn LeRoy directing

 

1947

 

1948

The Miracle of the Bells produced

 

1949

 

1950

 

1951

-The Great Caruso premieres
-September 12: receives first Milestone Award from Screen Producers Guild

 

1952

 

1953

 

1954

 

1955

1956

-December 27: The Lasky-DeMille studio-barn becomes a California historic landmark

 

1957

-Begins work on The Big Brass Band

-June 12: Jesse L. Lasky is the subject of This is Your Life

 

1958

-January 13: Jesse Louis Lasky dies in Beverly Hills, CA

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