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Who could also fit into the Great Canadians of the 20th Century series. Of course so could Louis B. Mayer and Jack Warner, at least according to Canada's Walk of Fame.
I was thinking of Mayer as the first entry, but even though he spent virtually all of his childhood and formative years in Canada, he was born in Russia, so I had to give him the heave-ho (though not as brutally as Nicholas Schenck did).
Yeah, I think he arrived in Canada around the age of four or five, lived in my mom's hometown of Saint John, then moved to Boston in his teens, where he somehow turned a rag trade job into motion picture distributing, got the New England rights to Birth of a Nation, and the rest is history.Goldwyn also enterted North America through Halifax (where I live) and rumour has it he actually walked to the U.S., where he became a glove salesman.
Isn't Norma Shearer a Canadian? And Mary Pickford? There's a twofer.
Careful! There's a virulent anti-Norma Shearer lurking out there...I'm gonna go with Mack Sennett as my Great Canadian.
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