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Early Writings on Jews in Hollywood: 2008

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2017 at 12:43 am

I’m browsing for pictures and info on my many flash drives and hard drive. I came across this email I sent. Not sure to who. It’s not edited.

 

Here is some info on Jewish names in the entertainment industry from Jewish Tribal Review.org.  It is really long. I started to just write the comments, but the whole thing is filled with info.  I just skimmed it towards the end, but have saved it on my computer.  You may just want to read the bulleted points.  I mention below David Geffen, the Jew marketer that got Obama elected with his mass advertising and marketing (on Jewish TV/radio/magazines/internet.  There are more examples of his earlier conquests.  David Geffen is a Jewish Homosexual like the college forced me to read about, OR FAIL!

The Jews dominated German media, as well as Russian. I can only assume that it really dominated the Polish media, since most Jews called Poland “home.”  We need to get that information from the White Polish people, since we have gotten in from the other two countries very easily.  I can see why and if the Poles are afraid, for the Jews really hurt the Polish people using them as a catalyst for World War II and getting all their Jewish people to move to America, Israel.  It couldn’t have worked out better. It was a master plan, and really hurt the White race in general.

As I had my computer restored, I found a document. You may have seen it before, if so delete.  If not, you might be surprised at how much the Jews control us through “humor.”  Humor is something that “relaxes” the individual and one might allow “anything” into one’s consciousness with humor.  Horror films are another.  News media. Etc.

Some of the points that surprised me were:

  • I found this later in the article, which I’ve copied and pasted for you, but I think it should go first. You know, how the Whites use to make fun of each other, Irish Mics’ Italian Waps, German Krauts, and Dumb Polaks: It was invented by Jews!!!.  So just as the Jews defined the Aryan “dumb” Blonde, because they especially wanted to bring down the White Blue Eyes Blonde people, they also wanted to destroy the Polish Whites so that even if the Polish would ever speak up about what the Jews did there for 900 years, keeping them in war, poverty, starvation, rape, etc. “who would listen to what the Jews defined us as in “humor” Dumb Polak. Well, at least now I know where that term came from and got the evidence:  As Rabbi Daniel Lapin complains, “Some of the most notoriously foul-mouthed and obscene-minded entertainers are Jewish and earn no reproof for their public aggrandizement of filth.” [LAPIN, D., 1999, p. 293] “From the first,” adds Jewish author Ellen Schiff, “Jewish comedians and comediennes have provoked laughter by breaking the rules. They are loud and vulgar; they shamelessly call attention to their physicality … [SCHIFF, E., 1986, p. 95] … The caricatured comic Jew who pokes fun at himself (and everything else) as one ethnic among others is essentially an American Jewish creation.
  • “Pickford called Goldwyn ‘Shylock.’ And to [her husband Douglas]     Fairbanks, whose grandfather had been Jewish, Mary sometimes said, ‘That’s the Jew in you.’ But she topped these comments in the presence  of actress Carol Myers, to whom she explained that the Jews had invited Hitler’s persecution. Forgetting that Myers was a rabbi’s daughter…,  Pickford chirped that avaricious Jews had snapped up German property at bargain prices after World War I. She added that a syndicate of Jews  would repeat the conspiracy after World War II.” [WHITFIELD, E.,    1997, p. 333]
  • Scott Fitzgerald said of Hollywood, “a Jewish holiday, and (White) Gentile TRAGEDY!”
  • There was a Jewish Hollywood Country Club that had all Jews on their list and turned down Joseph Kennedy, a Catholic!” Jewish revenge. But, since the Jews started it, we are only protecting our Christian selves.
  • Jews brag in Hollywood that if a Jew was fired in Hollywood, he’d be working by the next day. They are a “family!”  They hire their own friends and relatives. It is why in any kind of business today, the term “networking” is so prominent.  It isn’t “what” you know but “who” you know like the Jews, and Whites cannot compete on that basis.
  • The Jewish business network that built Hollywood, observes Claire Pajaczkowska, “provided an opportunity for a relatively small managerial elite to formulate American culture as it should or could be. It has been said that ‘Hollywood’ — the American Dream — is a Jewish idea in a sense; it’s a Jewish revenge on America.
  • Pre-World War II in Germany was “dominated” by Jewish media. They all moved to America.
  • 80% of all comedians are or were Jewish. If other races get in comedy, they have to follow Jewish humor “or else!”
  • 10 of the Jewish comedians one therapist saw on the street one day, were all his patients. Why would we consult Jews for anything when they are crazy and stark raving mad?
  • Stalin was displeased that too many Jews were in media.
  • Jews cranked out movies 1-2 a week!
  • In 1916 the Jews commanded Hollywood: No Anti-Semite matter. (The anti-White European matter is ‘disguised’ such as I Dream of Jeannie, and one would never know their brains are being blasted by Jewish dynamite to destroy whatever vestures of our White heritage that we might have.
  • “It seems the whole world is Jewish.” H. Golberg Jewish Author
  • Israel is having a problem functioning because there are “too many Jews” having to deal with each other.
  • One would have to be blind to see that who controls the culture controls America & everything in it. Harold Cruse, (Black)
  • 2/3 of America gets the news from TV and the average is 7 hours a day. 1 in 8 claim they are “addicted” to it.
  • CBS even as far back as 1928 molded the consciousness of America today. It is why we absolutely cannot reach our people. They have not been programmed to accepting help for their White race, if anything they are part of the problem of killing off those of us that do, for we don’t fit in, and the Jews don’t like that.  And we must keep the Jews “laughing” at our White demise, I suppose.
  • In 1999, the Los Angeles Jewish Times ran an article entitled “Yes, Virginia, Jews Do Control the Media.”  “Four of the largest five entertainment giants,” it announced, “are now run or owned by Jews.
  • In 1980, film scholar Patricia Erens noted that “the list [of Jewish screenwriters in Hollywood] is long. A recent survey indicated that seventy to eighty per cent of the Screen Writers Guild was composed of Jews, a trend dating back to the 1930s
  • “The motion picture industry,” notes Charles Silberman, “was largely a Jewish invention.”
  • You know, I think that the ½ Mexican guy that told me off in class was right: We Whites have no culture. We have a pseudo-Jewish culture, and are White by skin color only for most of us.
  • “Despite the powerful Jewish role in [early] motion pictures,” says Milton Plesur,

    “that industry also had its anti-Semitic features. Whenever a producer wished to
    depict a betrayer of public trust, a hard-boiled, usurious money lender, a
    crooked gambler, a grafter, a depraved firebug, a white slaver, or other
    villains of one kind or another, the character was often represented as a Jew …
    When one of the many theatres owned by Jews boycotted a movie with the
    usual stereotypes, Rebecca’s Wedding Day (Chicago, 1916), Hollywood
    got the message and agreed to cease producing anti-Semitic films
    .”
    [PLESUR, M., 1982, p. 34]

  • When I said that my sister, Mary Ann, was seduced by Eddie Schwartz the Jewish radio announcer in Chicago, here is an excerpt:
  • talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael interviewed Mason on a live radio broadcast:
  • “I was just beginning to feel that the interview was going pretty well       when all of a sudden he reached under my sweater, unhooked my  bra, and cupped my breasts in his hands. I was repelled. I was shocked.  I was scared. I was dumbfounded. But there was absolutely nothing I  could do about it but try to get the interview over as fast as I could. I  was on live radio, after all.”  (yes, it is the “rule” not the exception that the Jews consider our White hell a “paradise” for them and they get all the free white Gentile sex they want and leave us hating one another
  • George Burns recalls the political activism of fellow Jewish comedians Georgie Jessel, Eddie Cantor and Jack Benny:

“George had just come back after raising something like $25,000,000

in bonds for the new nation of Israel. ‘That’s a lot of money, Georgie,’

I said, ‘How’d you raise so much?

‘It wasn’t that difficult, Natty,” he explained, “I just left no Cohen

unturned … [BURNS, G., 1989, p. 178] One night, I remember, [Jack

Benny] had dinner at Cantor’s house and Eddie started telling him about  Israeli Bonds. Jack made out a check right there for $25,000.” [BURNS,  G., 1989, p. 203]

comedy is more aggressive than that. It is a medium for

 

comedy is more aggressive than that. It is a medium for

revenge. We can deflate and punish the pomposity and the rejection

which hurt us. Comedy is power. We can be in control… People

want to be around somebody who entertains them — but

simultaneously they fear us. The only weapon more formidable

than humor is a gun … [RIVERS, p. 24] … If you have reached

the top in comedy, you are, in your own way, a killer — but every

killer is bandaged. And the anger is never out of you.” [RIVERS,

  1. 150]
  • Backstage, Corey told me how he used to read Nazi hate literature to get him in the mood to perform.” [KRASSNER, P., 1983, p. 279] (This is what they do to “hate” us before they go on stage. It may be so programmed into them, they don’t even realize it.
  • Jewish comic Bobby Slayton, self-described as the “Pit bull of Comedy,” noted a Phoenix newspaper in 1998, “despises conservative white Christians, and doesn’t fear their warnings of hell ‘because the Jews’ll cater, the blacks’ll entertain, the homos’ll decorate, and it’ll be one big fuckin’ party.”
  • Jerry Sadowitz, a Jewish comedian from Great Britain, was “beaten up by members of his audience on stage in Canada for being so rude about the Francophone population
  • ‘When Jews
    disappear,’ he joked, ‘the Jewish humor will be written by non-Jews because
    they’ve been Yiddishized and they’ll be able to carry it on.”
  • AS I had written the I Love Lucy series with the “crazy redhead,” and her Brown Latin Lover boyfriend, Ricky Ricardo was not only “written” by Jews, by the Desilu Studios controlled by them.
  • “In Hollywood, the most obvious Jewish Club are in the sideshows,         the lawyers, talent agencies, and management and production offices. Birgit Cunningham … told me that when she worked as a personal assistant to Vic Sutton, the Jewish head of the fast track LA commercial talent agency, Sutten, Barth and Vennari, her boss  would often — if signing a deal — bluntly ask if they were Jewish. ‘I was surprised,’ she said, ‘I mean, in England, you’d never hear  someone ask, ‘Are you Anglican?'”
  • After World War II, psychiatry became “Acceptable,” along with every other Jewish idea to bash Whites including the demise of the KKK and the Nazi’s in one year 1944-1945, as they were the only two agencies guarding over White Rights.
  • Jewish psychiatrists were using their patients for business propositions as well as sexual propositions. If our own Whites are behaving like that, they are “imitating” Jews in order to be “successful,” just as the many seminars like Tony Robins etc.  The most we become like Jews the more we lose our Whiteness or ethnicity, and the more $$$$ we can get.  Even the book and DVD the “Secret” will show you how to get cars and houses etc.  We have cars and houses, we need “love” and “action” and “unity” in our White race.
  • Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, had to give 25% of his songs’ rights to his Jewish shrink. Jews make our minds “explode” with problems, then off their “services” at $300.00/hour to help us think they are solving our problems, when in reality, they don’t, and we are left as revolving door patients, most of us until we die. From White birth to White Death, and even in conception.
  • I think what the White Blue Eyed Blonde, Brian Wilson, above, really wanted was a regular “friend,” and since we have been turned against one another, we have to “pay” for friends. Elvis Presley had “no” friends.  When he became famous he “bought” his friends and a lot of them, because he had a heart of gold, but didn’t have the social skills necessary.
  • About twenty psycho-analysts, most of them holding some official position or other, had gathered together to discuss the funding of the new chair of psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A million-dollar endowment was needed. How to get it? The solution, said one prominent analyst from Chicago, was easy, and had been used several times. ‘I would ask each of you to compose a list of your wealthiest patients, with their names, addresses and phone numbers. We will then circulate this list within this group. The next stage is for some of us to contact these people, without, of course, telling them how we have their names, and asking them if they wish to donate money for the chair.’ This was, by any standard I knew, unethical behavior, but nobody in the room voiced any objection.
  • One patient’s son sued his mother’s Jewish psychiatrist, because he “counseled” and advised her to leave him her entire fortune!
  • New York therapist Louise Kaplan’s book, entitled Female Perversions, was translated into a movie in 1997. Directed and co-screen written by Susan Streitfeld, the film features “a sexy, high-powered attorney who sleeps with both men and women.” Martin Grotjahn counted Warren Beatty, Vivian Leigh, Danny Kaye, David Geffen. (David Geffen is the superstar homosexual agent that was the kingpin for the Obama campaign.  So you know Obama is going to have to give “favors” to homosexuals in debt to a lot of “free advertising” that Obama is getting.  Do you know that when I hear Obama’s voice on the radio news, I start singing “Wooden Heart” in German.  If I see his face, I look down at my own skin, or picture a White man’s face in my mind, or even my own or children’s face.  I do not “see” or “hear” from my children, but I “see and hear” Obama constantly.
  • Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland: Judy Garland’s Jewish psychoanalysts included Ernst Simmel (“five days a week on her way to work”) and Herbert Kupper. She first went to one at the encouragement of her lover, Joseph Mankiewicz, also Jewish. [SHIPMAN, 1993, p. 142]  Another therapist, Frederick Hacker, used “to accompany Garland to [her movie] rushes, where she judged her work.”
  • Marilyn Monroe thought if she got famous she never would have to suck another Jewish c—k again, but she didn’t know that all the $$$ she would make for the Jews as their White slave would go back into the combined and individual World Wide Jewish Treasury.
  • “Greenson relied heavily on drug therapy for his patients, routinely     prescribing barbiturates and tranquilizers or having patients’ other     doctors do so. He referred Marilyn to internist Hyman Engelberg     [also Jewish], who prescribed many of the medications Greenson     ordered for her. Greenson would also regularly meet with Marilyn      at his home and even asked his daughter to befriend her, disastrously unprofessional tactics that increased Marilyn’s dependency on him …     Her friends noticed that the more Marilyn saw Greenson, the more miserable she became … Greenson encouraged Marilyn’s deep     dependency on him (he was seeing her twice daily).” [GOOD    HOUSEKEEPING, 1993, p. 212, 214]
  • Many of Marilyn’s contacts if not all, were Jewish, including her Jewish lesbian roommate when she started out. Her attorneys, her publicist, fashion photographer, personal manager, agents, directors, writers, a Jew introduced this blonde White Marilyn to narcotics.
  • Marilyn became very anti-Semetic the more she had contact with them and often referred to them as Jew-shit.
  • Two Jews found Marilyn dead, but did not call police for 4 hours.
  • One investigative author, Donald Spoto, in a 1993 work, even burdens Greenson with the responsibility for killing her, directing that a female employee “administer [to Monroe] … a fatal barbiturate-laced enema.” (In this scenario, Greenson’s motivation was that Monroe was trying to free herself from Greenson’s influence and control, and had fired him.) [WOLFE, D., p. 99] In this scenario too, Monroe did not realize that this enema was abnormal. [SPOTO, D., 1993, p. 218] A friend of Monroe’s recalls that she was beginning to feel that Greenson was “trying to substitute himself for everything she’d built up those past years. She decided he was anti-everything she wanted. She was radically turning on Greenson and Mrs. Murray, the woman he’d put with her, she felt, to spy on her.”
  • The famous movie star’s alleged suicide has always been controversial, and there are various conspiracy notions about who would want her dead. Greenson’s secret life is much clouded. As well as being a therapist, he was, like a number of Hollywood people, an activist Communist Party member; he was also part of its international Comintern. Whatever Greenson’s role as a listener of movie star’s confessionals, his communist ties have profound implications because Monroe had romantic affairs with President John F. Kennedy and knew a great deal about behind-the-scenes politicking, perhaps including plans against communist Cuba and Fidel Castro. Everything Monroe knew, per “opening up” in therapy, she undoubtedly told her psychotherapist. As Donald Wolfe notes:
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  • “Once Marilyn Monroe became Greenson’s patient, he became one of
  • the most important Comintern operatives in America; he had access
  • to the mind of a woman who often shared the bed with the president
  • of the United States and was an intimate of the attorney general
  • [Kennedy’s brother, Robert] … As Greenson has correctly stated,
  • Marilyn Monroe had a tendency to ‘get involved with very destructive   people, who will engage in some sort of sado-masochistic relationship with her.’ Ironically, among these people was her psychiatrist [Greenson], her physician [Engelberg], and her housekeeper, Eunice Murray [who was appointed by Greenson to live with Ms. Monroe and report back to him], who joined in a conspiracy to survey Marilyn Monroe within a sphere of influence designed to gather intelligence from her relationship with the president of the United States and the attorney general.” [WOLFE, D., p. 386] Greenson, once noted his sister, Elizabeth, also had “strong ties to Israel.”
  • Marilyn introduced to Jewish psychiatrists through Jewish acting coach, Lee Strasberg
  • Marlon Brando said that Hollywood “worshipped” their (Jewish) psychiatrists.
  • Anna Freud got Marilyn to leave her part of her fortune at death.
  • Because Marilyn’s mother was in an insane asylum, Marilyn gave much of her $$$ to Jewish psychiatrists in care of her mother. Here is Marilyn’s last will and testament, and surely the lawyers were Jewish too, as the Jewish Lee Strasberg that inherited all her possessions. (All Jewish men profited at the demise, degeneration, and death of the blonde beauty, Marilyn Monroe.)  http://www.marilyncollector.com/legend/will.html  Since Marilyn’s mother was an actress, her mother probably was a White sex slave for Jews, or was a person who the Jews didn’t select for movies and was depressed for she didn’t realize the entertainment industry is actually a branch of the Jewish religion.
  • I read something where the Jews and Muslims were both kicked out of White Spain in the 15th century and that they formed a “union” to help the Turks thrive. Could the Jews and Muslims have formed a “union,” and now want to unite Abraham’s sons, Isaac and Ishmael’s descendents, from Jews and Muslims in the Mideast. Could the Jews be confusing us thinking that the Jews ‘hate’ their Muslim neighbors, when in fact, Jews are closer to Muslims in appearance and ancestry than they are to us. After all, Christianity is the antipode of Jewry.
  • Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatrist set up an organization to solicit $$$ from patients. (I mean the White person is so vulnerable and the Jews have no heart about healing them but taking the White person’s $$$.
  • Monroe friend once stated that “I felt [Jew Ralph Greenson] had a big ego, like a lot of doctors he wanted to be God, and of all the analysts in L.A. she found him. Inger Stevens was his patient too. She killed herself later.”
  • Greenson, Monroe’s Jew analyst, once claimed, “I can count Marilyn to do anything I want her to do.”
  • “I was a patient of five different psychiatrists,” says Marlon Brando,    “Based on my experience, most psychiatrists are people who feel      comfortable trying to control other people because they can’t handle     themselves. Their experiences have overwhelmed them and they believe they will be able to cope only if they are in a controlling position over  I’ve known a lot of them, and some of them have been among the nuttiest people I’ve ever met … [One of them] spent a lot of our sessions asking for money.” [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 366]
  • Francis Farmer another famous White actress attracted to Jewish (Communists) and even went to visit the Jewish Communists right “before” World War II. The Jewish Communists sucked us into World War II, using White Russia as its puppet.
  • When they interviewed Farmer’s sister, Edith, she said, the (Jewish) Communists drove her sister “crazy!!!!” (So the Jews not only kill us, but they intentionally drive us crazy as Whites so we cannot think enough to save ourselves and make the US a White paradise and heaven and not a Jewish one.)

Here’s some things that Farmer said of the Jewish person that drove her into an insane asylum from her own words:  Farmer had begun a troubling affair with Odets, a married man — a relationship that was to hasten her road to psychological destruction and a mental institution. In her autobiography, Farmer wrote that:

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“Odets was a strange, almost ugly man, but he was everything I

could ever imagine, at the time, admirable in a man. He was a fiery,

fascinating intellect with strange sexual drives, and I reacted like a

smitten schoolgirl. I believed in him passionately … I drowned myself

in his doctrines and political theories, and had he not severed the

affair, I probably would have followed him to his far-left politics…

Odets maneuvered me as he would a character in one of his plays.

He toyed with my attitudes and reactions. He was a psychological

button-pusher … One moment he would marvel at my brilliance and

minutes later he would curse me for my stupidity. Sometimes, locked

with me in his apartment, he would plead like a schoolboy for

love and favors, and then, suddenly and with insulting accusations,

he would assault me as if I was a streetwalker … He would insult

me in front of everyone, belittling my performance [in Golden Boy],

and he was satisfied only when he had reduced me to tears and set

me sobbing to my dressing room.

There were times after such incidents when he would not speak

to me for two or three days. At other times, he would force his way into

my dressing room and make a great point of not only locking the door

behind him, but further securing the room by propping a chair under

the doorknob, and then he would tear off his clothes and scream his

love and need for me with all the fire and passion of a Rococo Thespian.

He would threaten to take his life and mine, unless I loved him…

His sexual appetite was a complicated maze of weird manipulations.

He would deftly maneuver me to a point of fulfillment, then

withdraw and mock what he termed my base and disgusting desires.

After searing my feminine spirit in this bed of humiliation and

degrading me in every possible manner, he would begin again with

the shyness of an innocent lad and explore me with tender

fascination.

This was no ordinary man. He was a creature who pried open the

psyche with the intention of sticking it with pins. I cannot say that I

loved him; a more apt description would be a passionate hatred

coupled with a physical fascination. Whatever it was, it did much to

destroy me. Whereas I had once lived secure within myself, after

Odets I became a bundle of raw hesitant nerves, confused and

almost without purpose.” [FARMER, p. 193-194]

  • Mind games, hidden agendas, backstabbings, and all around venality, they all pass without so much as a second glance. Everything is excused in pursuit of the dream.”
  • her theory [is]    that Jewish men thought themselves ugly, so they had to keep proving to themselves what they could do in the way of getting Gentile girls.”
  • “In olden times,” said the great journalist and muckraker, Upton Sinclair, “Jewish traders sold Christian girls into concubinage and into prostitution, and even today they display the same activity in the same field in southern California where I live.” [GOULD, p. 305]   The Hollywood rulers, noted Hollywood rabbi Edgar Magnin, “were men who made all that money and realized they were still a bunch of Goddamned Jews. Sleeping with a pretty gentile girl made them feel, if only for a few minutes, ‘I’m half gentile.’ No wonder they made idols out of shiksa goddesses.” [RUBIN, p. 78] This kind of sexual predation, if we are to believe what some Jewish scholars have to say about it, has root in the psychological insecurities of Jewish identity.
  • “Koestler’s life was marked throughout by ‘non-stop womanizing,’        Mr. Cesarani writes. As a journalist in the 1930s, for instance, he        ‘was sleeping his way through Berlin at the rate of one girlfriend         every four to six weeks.’ The chronic philandering was in part a         function of Koestler’s Jewishness, Mr. Cesarani explained in a         telephone interview, because, for Koestler, to be seen with tall,        blond shiksas was a sign of the fullness of his assimilation and         acceptance around gentiles.”
  • “Why does a Jew need legs? To school he must be forced, to     marriage he must be led, to burial he is brought, to synagogue he     won’t go, and after Gentile girls he crawls. So why does he need     legs?”
  • The essay says the Jewish women have a tremendous amount of hostility and aggression against (White) Gentile women and call them “airheads” and “unambitious.”
  • “I have not fingers and toes enough,” notes Jewish novelist Ann Roiphe, “to count the [Jewish] men I know who can only love the shiksa.” (White woman. All of this leads to “why” the Jewish men have had to destroy the White male intentionally.)
  • “You know,” Monroe once said, “that when a producer calls an actress into his office to discuss a script that isn’t all he has in mind … I’ve slept with producers. I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t.” [SUMMERS, p. 34-35]  In 1955, 20th Century Fox awarded Monroe the richest per-film contract of any actress. “It means,” remarked Monroe, “I’ll never have to suck another cock again!” [MCDOUGAL, p. 217]
  • (I’m going to just copy and paste the rest. I need to get back to duties, so I’m just going to read it. It is so interesting and applies clearly to our White problems of today, that I cannot afford to overlook it.
  • “developed an obsession with getting [his contracted actress] Rita
  • [Hayworth] into bed that was more than just sexually motivated…
  • As time went by he would become preoccupied with keeping other
  • men out of her life, including her own husband and any other man
  • who might come between Rita and the studio … [Cohn] went so far
  • as to sport hidden microphones in her dressing room to listen in on
  • her private conversations.” [LEAMING, B., 1989, p. 60]
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  • Louis B. Mayer (head of MGM) had “a private life [that] was not always so praiseworthy,” notes Norman Zierold, “… Although married, he had a keen eye for feminine beauty and courted women at a clip in keeping with his extravagant nature.” [ZIEROLD, p. 319]  “In his more delicate personal relations with established and aspiring actresses,” adds Bosley Crowther,
  • “[Mayer] was naturally careful and decorous, but none the less
  • vigorous in pursuit of those he lusted after, frequently in vain …
  • He once said to Luise Rainer, ‘Why don’t you sit on my lap when
  • we’re discussing your contract the way the other girls do?’ A little
  • adroit lap-sitting would go a long way, they found. He was hardy
  • and persistent, however. Tirelessly he laid siege to some of the
  • more formidable actresses, rewarding them with richer roles or
  • disciplining them with poor assignments, in maneuvering to
  • accomplish his private aims.” [CROWTHER, 1960, p. 263]
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  • Mayer was alleged to have “once insisted that ‘the Talmud says a man is not responsible for a sin committed by any part of the body below the waist.'” [GABLER, N., 1988, p. 389]
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  • Legendary actress Lana Turner remembers what it was like for her as a teenager at MGM:
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  • “Often in those early years at MGM I’d see a young actress
  • with more experience than I had, and I’d think, ‘Oh boy,
  • there’s competition for me.’ Six months later she would have
  • fallen by the wayside. When I asked, people would say, ‘You’re
  • so dumb!’ It had to be spelled out for me that those six-month
  • option girls would never go on to a movie career — they were
  • there for the benefit of management. That was what Zeppo
  • Marx [Turner’s first agent and one of the famous Marx Brothers]
  • had meant when he told me to say I was eighteen [she was fifteen
  • when signed]. If I got one of those six-month-option deals, I’d
  • better lie about my age — for their protection.” [TURNER, L.,
  • 1988, p. 34-35]

    Actress Debbie Reynolds recalls what she had heard about another Jewish heir to the MGM movie hierarchy:

    “One of my first dates was Arthur Loew, Jr., whose family were the majority stockholders in MGM … Driving home after dinner he told me that he’d like to date me again. ‘I don’t think that will be possible, Arthur,’ I said. ‘But why?’ he asked, as if I’d made him feel he’d done something wrong. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t want to tell him. ‘Because all the girls tell me you’re a wolf. ‘Wooolf?’ he repeated, as if he had never heard the word before. ‘Well, yes. That’s what I’ve been told and that wouldn’t work out.'” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 67) [Reynolds notes that in a few future dates she never had any troubles with him]

    Shirley Temple (Black) recalled her experience as an 11-year old movie star the FIRST time she went to the MGM offices with her mother:

    “Eight months had elapsed since leaving Fox in May 1940, and on this first
    executive visit under my new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract, Mother and I
    were split up, she ushered away by general manager Louis B. Mayer and I left
    alone with producer Arthur Freed.
    Best known as producer of the blockbusting The Wizard of Oz, Freed was
    rumored in some adult circles to have an adventuresome casting couch. At the
    time I knew none of this, nor would I have recognized such furniture even when
    sitting on one. To visit an executive of such stature was enough to send my
    spirits soaring.
    ‘I have something made just for you,’ he continued, fumbling in his lap.
    ‘You’ll be my new star!’ That phrase had last been used when I was three
    years old in Kid in Hollywood.
    Obviously, Freed did not believe in preliminaries. With his face gaped in
    a smile, he stood up and abruptly and executed a bizarre flourish of clothing.
    Having thought of him as a producer rather than exhibitor, I sat bolt upright.
    Guarded personal exposure by both brothers and Father had maintained me
    in relatively pristine innocense. Not twelve years old, I still had little appreciation
    for masculine versatility and so dramatic was the leap between schoolgirl
    speculation and Freed’s dazzling exposure that I reacted with nervous laughter.
    Disdain or terror he might have expected, but not the insult of humor.
    ‘Get out!’ he shouted, unmindful of his disarray, imperiously pointing to the
    closed door. ‘Go on, get out!’ [BLACK, S., 1988, p. 319-320]

    Telling her mother about the incident as she drove home, her mother told her that she too had similar troubles, fending off a sexual advance from Louis Mayer in HIS office at the SAME time. [BLACK, S., 1988, p. 320] “Usually solemn,’ writes Temple,

    “[Mayer’s] eyes glinted. Surely [Temple’s mother] could recognize real sincerity
    when she saw it. Never forget, he continued, at MGM we are a family. We take
    care of our own. Slipping down off his chair, he approached the sofa and sank
    down beside her, uttering a contented sigh. Surely she was the most unique mother
    in the world, he said. Someone who should be a star in her own right. He grasped
    her hand, pulling her toward him. Mayer’s opinion of his personal prowess was       rumored to be overblown, but not the power of his office. Reluctant to test either,       Mother picked up her purse and retreated out the door, walking backwards. Unlike
    my reaction of hilarity to Freed, hers was to be grieviously affronted. Not for nothing       was the MGM lot known as the ‘factory,’ a studio perfumed with sultry, busty       creatures with long legs and tight haunches, and more than its quota of lecherous
    older men.” [BLACK, S., 1988, p. 320]

      Shirley Temple was probably safe from prominent MGM Jewish film director George Cukor:

    “Although Cukor had been in Hollywood only a year, his sexual preference was
    not a secret in the film community, [actor William] Bakewell recalled, ‘People said, ‘You guys be careful, watch out for this man, he is queer’ … Shortly after his
    arrival in Hollywood Cukor befriended actor William Gaines and his gay entourage. Cukor and Haines had some notoriously wild nights on the town and were even arrested. Friends of Cukor are vague about the incident, which he never talked about, but they held that his arrest was a turning point. Said director JosephMankiewicz, who befriended Cukor through his sister-in-law, Sara Mankiewicz, Cukor’s friend: ‘George got very frightened when he and Haines were arrested in public. Once he became an MGM director, he calmed and settled down’ … He was determined to help other new gay artists in the film community. Said Mankiewicz: ‘Homosexuals would call George as soon as they arrived in Hollywood, and if he liked them, he would introduce them to other members of his elite.'” [LEVY, E., 1994, p. 48]

     In the late 1950s Cukor met George Towers, “a stunningly WASPish-looking blond [who Cukor’s friends believed] was a hustler.” Cukor paid for Towers’ subsequent years studying at USC law school. “[B]ecause Cukor was used to paying for sex, providing Towers with a ‘good education’ seemed like a worthy cause … Upon Towers’ graduation from law school, Cukor was instrumental in finding him a job with his lawyers’ office … Later Cukor arranged for Towers to become a partner of the J. William Hayes law offices.” LEVY, E., 1994, p. 256-257]

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  • “[An assistant director] stumbled into Goldwyn’s office during the
  • making of Whoopee! and discovered the producer in a
  • compromising position with a girl who did not even get into
  • the picture. Most of the girls on the lot had heard about
  • Sam Goldwyn’s ‘casting couch.'” [BERG, A., 1987, p. 205]
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  • Actress Joan Crawford, early in her career, allegedly starred in a porno movie. “When she was trying to break into the studios,” says Ted Jordan
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  • “she got nowhere until several studio executives were given a private
  • screening of her stag film … In short order Miss Crawford won a studio
  • ” [JORDAN, p. 122; also CONSIDINE, S., 1989, p. 12-13]

    Crawford was brought to Holywood in 1924 by Jewish MGM mogul Harry Rapf. Agent in the early MGM years? Michael E. Levee. [CONSIDINE, S., 1989, p. 16, 61] “Over a sixteen month period,” says Shaun Considine, “Joan Crawford appeared in thirteen pictures at M-G-M. She also acquired the reputation of being a quid-pro-quo girl. Years later, when asked if she ever had to sacrifice her virtue for roles via the proverbial casting couch, Crawford replied, ‘Well, it sure as hell beat the hard cold floor.'” [CONSIDINE, S., 1989, p. 17]

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  • “While their wives were meant to be decorous and refined and sexless,” notes Neal Gabler,
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  • “many of the Hollywood Jews found sexual release elsewhere —
  • sometimes flagrantly … Sex, like family, power, wealth, and culture, was
  • meant to be conspicuous in Hollywood. It was a symbol of power, which
  • may be why so many of the Hollywood Jews behaved with such little
  • Jack Warner [one of the heads of Warner Brothers] bragged
  • about his conquests as if they were trophies. Bess Lasky knew that when
  • her husband [the head of Universal] sneaked away to make a quick
  • business call he was not talking to Adolph Zucker … David Selznick
  • [was] a bearish hedonist with the appetites and discipline of a child.”
  • [GABLER, N., 1988, p. 246, 258]
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  • Charles Feldman, founder of the important Famous Artists film artist agency, represented the likes of Greta Garbo, Marlena Dietrich, and John Wayne. “Feldman,” also, notes Peter Biskind, “was known for casting his girlfriends in his movies.” [BISKIND, p. 25]  He was once banned from MGM for his love interest in actress Jean Howard, a woman MGM head Louis B. Meyer had his eye on too. [CROWTHER, p. 193] Feldman was once romantically involved with sex queen actress Jean Harlow. [RUBIN, p. xii] So were others. Columbia Pictures’ head Harry Cohn introduced Harlow to Jewish mobster Abner Zillman (an investor in Columbia). “For years after Harlow’s death, [Zwillman] was boasting nostalgically about the various ways he’d banged the actress.” [MCDOUGAL, p. 146] Zwillman also “reportedly gave some gangster friends gold lockets, each containing a strand of Jean’s blonde pubic hair.” [MARX, S., 1990, p. 121] Blonde bombshell movie star Carroll Baker’s Jewish husband was theatre and film director Jack Garfein: their son is named Herschel David Garfein. Mae West made a career centered upon flaunting sexuality — in a long list of intimates, her “first steady beau, Joe Schenck,” a pianist and singer, [LEIDER, E.M., p. 51] was also Jewish.  Blonde sexpot Jayne Mansfield’s boyfriend at the time of her death in a 1967 car accident was also Jewish: Hollywood lawyer Sam Brody. The crash killed both of them. Among Marilyn Monroe’s long list of Jewish (and other) partners, one of her husbands was playwright Arthur Miller. She even formally converted to Judaism for him. [WOLFE, D., p. 285]

    Clara Bow, renowned for her promiscuity, was the sex goddess (the “It girl”) of the late silent screen era. Like many who have the burden of being “sex” stars, she repeatedly collapsed with nervous breakdowns. She was built to fame by Benjamin Schulberg, head of a film company called Preferred Pictures. “To launch her,” note Joe Morella and Edward Epstein:

    “Schulberg instructed his photographer [in 1923] to take a series of provocative
    pictures of Clara. In the photographs she was gracefully posed and draped only
    in a sheet, Greek goddess-style. Her breasts and ample derriere were outlined, and
    it was obvious that she wore nothing under the sheet … Clara was in effect a pin-up
    girl, though the term had not yet been coined. This manner of selling her would set
    the tone for her entire career … One of the unpublicized advantages of being under       contract to a studio, even a small one like Ben Schulberg’s, was the ready availability
    of reliable medical attention for ‘unspeakable’ problems certain to arise among       Hollywood’s high-living set. Abortions were easily arranged. Venereal diseases could
    be treated without undue embarrassment. To put it bluntly, and in the words of an
    actor of the era, ‘Anyone as promiscuous as Clara was sure to catch the clap.”      [MORELLA/EPSTEIN, 1976, p. 58]

    Eventually, in 1925, Schulberg and his company moved under the wing of larger Jewish film moguls Adolph Zukor and Jesse Lasky at Paramount Pictures, at the time the largest movie studio in Hollywood. [MORELLA/EPSTEIN, 1976, p. 69-70] Bow’s paramours were numerous, but perhaps the most publicized was her affair with “showman Harry Richman,” “Mr. Broadway,” “a Cincinnati-born Jewish boy … By his own admission he often wined, dined, and bedded down as many as four showgirls in one night. And Harry was generous. He shared his conquests with his pals … For a time one of Harry’s closest buddies was fellow womanizer and enormously wealthy film mogul Joseph Schenck … head of United Artists … At the time of his friendship with Harry Richman, Schenck was married to top star Norma Talmadge [who later married Jewish comedian George Jessel].” [MORELLA/EPSTEIN, 1976, p. 69, 70, 169, 170] Schenck arranged the initial sexual tryst with Bow for Richman. [p. 172-175] (Richman also owned Club Richman, “a speakeasy which became a big success.” [MORELLA /EPSTEIN, 1976, p. 70]) “Richman’s name was romantically linked with the most glamorous women of his day, including the tragic, gorgeous silent-screen star Barbara La Marr. There was mystery and scandal too. Ziegfield girl Helen Walsh burned to death in a fire on one of Richman’s yachts.” [MORELLA/EPSTEIN, 1976, p. 70] Per Clara Bow, “Harry Richman had finally found his match for sexual adventure. In his own words: ‘One of the greatest things about Clara was that she had an appetite for lovemaking that was at least the equal of mine. Every time I was ready, she was, and believe me, there was hardly an hour when I was not ready.” [MORELLA/EPSTEIN, 1976, p. 179]

    “Not all Bow suitors retained fond memories of her,” write Morella and Epstein,

    “Abel Baer, a sexy young songwriter from New York, was in Hollywood writing
    the score for an upcoming Clara Bow picture. Baer had attracted the attention
    of Mae West back in New York, and in Hollywood he caught Clara’s eye. ‘I
    went to bed with her,’ Baer says, ‘but I’ll tell you this — there were no repeat
    Once was enough for me.'” [MORELLA/EPSTEIN, 1976,
    p. 209-210]

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  • Jewish comedian and early television star Milton Berle hosted “the most successful show in television history.” [BURNS, G., 1989, p. 269] His “reputation with the girls was pretty big,” notes George Burns,
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  • “He went out with everybody from silent movie star Pola Negri to
  • evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson to Marilyn Monroe. You’ll notice
  • I use the phrase ‘went out,’ but that’s not exactly what I mean. I can’t
  • tell you exactly what I mean, because I do a clean act. I don’t even
  • drop cigar ashes on the page. But if you want to know what Milton
  • did with these women, think of a train going into a tunnel. And based
  • on Milton’s reputation, this train was so popular with the passengers
  • that he couldn’t keep it in the station.” [BURNS, G., 1989, p. 253]

    “Why do Italian women wear panties?” joked Berle, “To keep their ankles warm.” [BERLE, M., 1996, p. 306] “What’s a blonde standing on her head?” “A brunette with bad breath.” [BERLE, M., 1996, p. 92]

         In his biography, Berle claims to have bedded many women in his life, including, he writes, Aimee Semple McPherson, one of the most prominent Christian evangelists of the era. One night, McPherson calls Berle up for a tour of one of her famed Four Square Gospel “temples.” [BERLE, M., 1974, p. 126] Berle claims that she seduced him in a small apartment:

    “I wasn’t nervous. It wasn’t Aimee the woman that made me feel shaky, it was Sister Aimee the Evangelist that bothered me. I kept seeing those newspaper pictures of her in the flowing white robes, her arms outstretched and holding a Bible. And once I had heard a radio broadcast from the Temple. For days after I had laughed, thinking of a whole mob singing ‘Yes, Sir, He’s My Jesus’ to the tune of ‘Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby.” It didn’t seem funny now. I looked around the room. It was done very simply. Lots of what I decided were good early American antiques, and very little else. No pictures on the wall, very little of the tables besides lamps… ‘I was thinking,’ she said, and the light went out in the bedroom, ‘that unless you were really interested, perhaps a visit to the Temple could wait for a cooler day.’ The door opened, and there was Sister Aimee in a very thin, pale blue negligee, her braid undone and her blond hair hanging down around her shoulders. There was a soft flickering light somewhere behind her in the bedroom — candles, I guessed — and it was enough to show me tht she wasn’t wearing anything underneath. ‘Come in’ was all she said. It was candles all right. Two of them on the table by the bed, which she had already turned down. They were burning inf ront of a silver crucifix that stood before a triptych panel of the scene of Calvary. That started my nerves going again, but I solved the problem. I decided not to face that way when we got in bed … I never saw or heard from Aimee Semple McPherson again. But whenever I hear ‘Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby,’ I remember her.” [BERLE, M., 1974, p. 128-129]

    Another of Berle’s sexual conquests was Louise Cook, an African-American belly dancer. “In those days, it was bad enough for a white man and a black woman to see each other — nobody approved on either side of the color line — but for us it had the added problem that we were both known to the public and to the gossip columnists … Somewhere along the way during the six months I knew Louise, I found out I wasn’t the only man in her life. [Jewish show business mogul] Harry Richman was also meeting her a FEW BLOCKS AWAY.” [BERLE, M., 1974, p. 137-138] (Cook died in the 1950s; Berle believed it largely from alcoholism). [p. 138]

    Here’s Berle’s account of another conquest, and his reputation as a stud:

    “I was still young enough to be impressed by the woman I had been in bed with. Somehow, to my kid’s mind, the fact that shew as a world-famous sex symbol every man was supposed to want, and she wanted me, which made me think of myself as one hell of a guy. Special! Later on, I found out that she was always on the prowl for young men who were well-endowed, and to her I was just the lay of the week. There’s really no polite way of getting this story into the book, but the punch line is too good to leave out. About fifteen years ago, I was in the locker room at the Luxor Baths in New York with two other guys. One guy was a friend, the other was his friend. The one was a stranger said to me, ‘Hey, Berle. I hear you got a big one.’ It caught me by surprise. ‘Whaaaa? Go ‘way.’ But he didn’t. ‘You heard me. Well, I’m willing to bet cash money that mine is bigger than yours.’ ‘Will you knock it off? You drunk or something?’ But he wouldn’t stop. ‘I hear you’re a gambler, so I’m making you a bet. A hundred bucks says mine is bigger than yours.’ ‘I don’t want to bet,’ I told him. ‘Let’s drop the subject.’ ‘I’m serious. A hundred buck says mine is bigger than yours.’ I was starting to get annoyed, when my friend said, ‘Go ahead, Milton, just take out enough to win.'” [BERLE, M., 1974, p. 141-142]

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  • Jewish singer Eddie Fisher, (“I prefer seduction to singing”) for years a cocaine addict, divorced Debbie Reynolds, “America’s sweetheart,” to marry Elizabeth Taylor in 1958. To the mores of the 50s it was a scandal of monumental attention. “Even a partial list of his claimed [sexual] conquests,” adds London’s Daily Telegraph,
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  • “include Mia Farrow, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Kim Novak,
  • Stefanie Powers, Angie Dickinson, Dinah Shore and Judith Exner,
  • the mistress also shared by President Kennedy and Sam Giancano,
  • the boss the Chicago mafia…. Fisher is of the generation that
  • still uses a good sprinkling of Yiddish words, and prominent among
  • them is shiksa.”
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  • “I think I slept with only one Jewish girl in my whole life,” Fisher told the London paper, “Peggy Lipton, and then I didn’t know she was Jewish … Boy, did I have a libido.” [LAURENCE, C., 10-14-99, p. 23] (Film director Oliver Stone’s father was Jewish — originally Lou Silverstein. He was a wealthy stock broker. [RIORDAN, 1995, p. 4] “Like many men his age,” writes James Riordan about Oliver’s father and mother, “[Lou] began to seek solace through an increasing number of affairs. There were several models, but often he preferred high-class call girls.” [RIORDAN, J., 1995, p. 16]
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  • Doris Day was stunned when her agent, Al Levy, “followed me into my room, closed the door, turned off the lights, and pulled me onto the bed. He desperately thrust himself on top of me as if he was some unknown rapist and I were an anonymous victim.” [HOTCHNER, 1976, p. 102] Jewish bandleader Artie Shaw’s romantic flings included those with Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and Lana Turner. [SHIPMAN, D. 1993, p. 104-107] Hollywood lawyer Gregory Bautzer “had a reputation not unlike Artie Shaw of having ‘squired’ many of Hollywood’s most famous stars; he had preceded Shaw in Turner’s life, and he was publicly associated with Joan Crawford for several years.” [SHIPMAN, p. 464] Among [MGM screenwriter-producer] Joe “Mankiewicz’s former lovers were Joan Crawford, Gene Tierney, and Linda Darnell. He had a habit,’ said his son Chris Mankiewicz, ‘of bedding down with leading ladies.'” [HEYMANN, C.D., 1995, p. 203]  Screenwriter/playwright George S. Kaufman (best known for the Marx Brothers movies), who was married, “had a cleanliness compulsion, abhorred outward displays of affection, and hated physical contact except, presumably, with his many sexual conquests (the Broadway producer Max Gordon called him a ‘male nymphomaniac’).” [WINOKUR, 1987, p. 109] Actress Janet Leigh,” notes Debbie Reynolds, “had the world trying to get her, but Tony [Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz] wanted her and she didn’t have a prayer. It was physical; it was sexual. It was like dynamite. He got her and he married her.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 70)] Even Jewish Hollywood hairdresser Sydney Guilaroff “had a long affair with [Greta] Garbo and then moved on to Ava Gardner.” [MCDOWELL, p. 15] (One day a friend of Reverend Billy Graham called actress Debbie Reynolds to tell her that Graham had had a dream in which Marilyn Monroe died. Reynolds dispatched Sidney Guilaroff to counsel Monroe about this. Guilaroff couldn’t reach her alone. Soon after, Monroe committed suicide.”) [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 206-207]
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  • When swimmer Esther Williams first got started in show business, “famous New York showman” Mike Rose lured her into “a seduction scene — pure and simple. I saw that look in his eyes … Couldn’t he look in the mirror? He was already in his fifties, married, and five feet two inches. I was seventeen, not even the legal age for such antics.” [WILLIAMS, E., 1999, p. 45] Williams’ first marriage, that same year, was to a Jewish pre-med student, Leonard Kovner, whom she soon divorced. Her lawyer in her golden years was also Jewish, Lew Goldman. [WILLIAMS, E., 1999, p. 302] As a budding actress, a particularly pesky Hollywood sexual predator was Sam Katz, head of MGM’s musical productions. Williams recounts an early encounter with him:
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  •   “Sam, aren’t you married?
  • ‘Yes, I am. I have two beautiful daughters.’
  • ‘And so am I,’ I said. ‘Don’t you think it would be embarrassing if you
  • and I were seen in public having dinner together?’
  • ‘Well … I have little places.’
  • ‘I bet you do.'” [WILLIAMS, E., 1999, p. 92]
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  • “Katz’s philandering was common knowledge,” writes Williams,
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  • “so I decided to deal with this head-on.
  • ‘You’ve done this before, Sam. Did the other girls become big stars?’
  • Astonishingly enough, he tried to answer the question. He began ticking
  • off his other conquests.
  • ‘Well, let’s see. Kate Groom? No. Ilona Massey? Not really…’
  • I stopped him before he got too deep. I didn’t want to be another 8 X 10
  • glossy on his wall of conquests, and I didn’t want to know the names of
  • the rest of them.” [WILLIAMS, E., 1999, p. 92]
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  • Williams’ most bizarre love affair was with Jeff Chandler (also Jewish, born Ira Grossel, his most famous role was that of Cochise in Broken Arrow). Williams fell in love and had an affair with him until she discovered his fetish for wearing women’s clothing. “Jeff,” notes Williams, who quickly abandoned him,
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  • “was dead serious about this dress-up game and obviously had been
  • at it for a long time … [He] had a compulsion to don Aunt Sophie’s
  • underpants, which gave him his first orgasm, growing up and feeling
  • happy and secure only in women’s clothing.” [WILLIAMS, E., 1999,
  • 309]
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  • As Rachel Abramowitz notes the oppressive undercurrent for women trying to make it in Hollywood:
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  • “Go to CAA [a rival talent agency],” [top Jewish agent Sue Mengers
  • at the William Morris agency] derisively told the starlet Valeria Golino,
  • who was vacillating about William Morris, “Ronnie Meyers [a Jewish
  • executive at CAA] just wants to fuck you.” [ABRAMOWITZ, R.,
  • 2000, p. 331]

    Jewish novelist Judith Krantz notes the stir actress Loretta Young created at the funeral of Jewish film director Mervyn Le Roy:

    “At the funeral of Mervyn Le Roy … I heard Loretta Young give a eulogy that
    won the bad-taste prize of all time. She slithered exquisitely down the aisle
    of the Forest Lawn chapel, clad in a startingly sexy, body-hugging black
    dress and the largest black garden-party hat I’d ever seen. ‘Mervyn Le Roy
    discovered me,’ she announced slowly. Pause. ‘No, we didn’t have an affair.’
    Long pause. ‘I was only thirteen,’ she added thoughtfully, as if in explanation
    for the omission.” [KRANTZ, J., 2000, p. 209]

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  • In 1977 director Roman Polanski, also Jewish, fled America rather than face sentencing for raping a 13-year old model. He had drugged her (with Quaaludes and alcohol) as he photographed the child at an actor’s home. Arrested, he was allowed to work on his current film. As Barbara Leaming notes:
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  • “Since the probation report would affect his fate, Polanski
  • worked on his [Jewish] probation officer, Irwin Gold, for whom he
  • painted a picture of a tragic past [Polanski was a Jewish survivor
  • of Nazi-occupied Poland] a compliant girl, and remorse for
  • anything he had done wrong … He managed to win Gold’s
  • sympathy … This was a victimizer as victim — a role Polanski
  • had played to the hilt.” [LEAMING, 1981, p. 181, 184]
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  • Also, “at age fifteen, Natassia [Kinski, star of Polanski’s film Tess] became Polanski’s lover. Polanski gave her books to read and suggested ways for developing her acting abilities.” [LEAMING, 1981, p. 192]  Polanski once married actress Sharon Tate, star of his film Fearless Vampire Killers. “During the shooting, Polanski had become Sharon’s lover.” [LEAMING, 1981, p. 79] She had been introduced to him by Jewish producer Martin Ransohoff of Filmways, who had her under contract. After Tate and others were sensationally murdered by the Charles Manson “family,” one week later Polanski charged Life magazine $5,000 to pose at the door of the house she was slain. [KIERNAN, T., 1980, photo section]
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  • Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider were Jewish partners who produced a number of influential 1970s “counterculture” movies (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, et al). “Bert was so relentless,” noted one acquaintance, “that he came on to almost every pretty woman who came his way … Sex was a publicly traded commodity among the Raybert guys, sexual exploits, a variety of who could piss farther.” Actor Jack Nicholson (no innocent himself) reportedly admonished a friend, “Never bring a woman that you’re serious about around Bert or Bob.” [BISKIND, p. 58-59]  Among Schneider’s love affairs was one with actress Candice Bergen. [MCGILLIGAN, 1994, p. 181] At BBS (the Rafelson/Schneider company), notes Patrick McGilligan,
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  • “All of the important players were men; the atmosphere was familial;
  • but really it was a fraternity of insiders, a boy’s club. Bert was capable
  • of unzipping his pants during an argument and flourishing his cock; his
  • brother, Harold, was also known to bring his penis out and lay it on the
  • The BBS men circulated throughout the building, calling each
  • other “babe,” and “doll,” and hitting on the women. ‘The important
  • players took a macho pride in fucking the same women at different
  • times,’ said one former BBS staff member, ‘from the starlets right
  • down to the typists.'” [MCGILLIGAN, p. 201]

    The heart of the American popular music industry is also located in Hollywood. As Jewish author Neal Karlen notes: “Recalling [Jewish CBS music head Walter] Yetnikoff’s well-documented lust for blond bimbos, a midlevel record executive would say a year later, ‘Er hot in di hoizen a yarid’ — Yiddish for ‘He’s got a carnival in his pants.'” [KARLEN, N., 1994, p. 145]

    (Paul Krassner, Jewish editor of the satirical “counter-culture The Realist magazine, recalls the moral range of his sexual world that included famous Jewish comedian Lenny Bruce. After sleeping with another woman, Krassman’s wife angrily confessed to “whom she had slept with — two of my closest FRIENDS — Lenny Bruce and Paul Jacobs — it really hurt … Jeanne didn’t spare me any of the juicy details. ‘Lenny DIRECTED me. He’d say, ‘Okay, now put your leg up here against the bedpost.’ He was like a Fellini of the bedroom’ … Eventually I confronted them. Paul Jacobs acknowledged what had happened, and we embraced, but Lenny refused to admit anything.”) [KRASSNER, P., 1993, p. 101] Krassner also writes this about his anti-Christian sexual world :

    “The night before, I had been in bed with Miranda, [famous Jewish author] Norman Mailer’s assistant. While we were making love, there was an evangelist on the radio providing a strangely appropriate background. He was talking about the importance of ‘a firm God’ and about ‘sliding your finger into any passage in the Bible.’ It was funny until he claimed that six million slaughtered Jews in Nazi Germany were doomed to Hell because they had never accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, yet Adolf Eichmann went to Heaven because he had converted to Christianity a couple of days before he was executed. Miranda made the most religious statement of the whole night. ‘I’m so glad I have a cunt,’ she said. It was a celebration of life.” [KRASSNER, P., 1993, p. 114]

     And Krassner wrote this, about similar anti-Catholic currents:

    “Groucho [Marx] asked, ‘Have you ever laid two ladies together?’ I told him about the time that I was being interviewed by a couple of students from a Catholic girls’ school. Suddenly Sheila Campion, The Realist‘s Scapegoat [a secretary], and Marcia Ridge, the Shit-On — she had given herself that title because ‘What could be lower than a Scapegoat?’ — walked out of their office totally nude. ‘Sorry to interrupt, Paul,’ said Sheila, ‘but it’s Wednesday — time for our weekly orgy.’ The interviewers left in a hurry. Sheila and Marcia led me up the stairs to my loft bed, and we had a delicious threesome.” [KRASSNER, P., 1993, p. 122]

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  • “This [Hollywood],” complained novelist Theodore Dreiser in its big studio glory days, “is a selfish, self-concentrated, mean, loafing town. The business and political world is hard-boiled and cruel. The movies are solidly Jewish. They’re dug in, employ only Jews with American names and buy only what they cannot abstract and disguise. And the dollar sign is the guide — mentally and physically. That America should be led — the mass — by their direction is beyond all believing. In addition, they are arrogant, insolent, and contemptuous.” [GOULD, p. 298]  “There’s enough sincerity in Hollywood,” wrote H. L. Mencken, “to fill a peanut shell and still leave room for an agent’s heart.” [GITLIN, p. 145] The novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald summed up the Hollywood scene as “a Jewish holiday, a gentile tragedy.” [GABLER, p. 2]
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  • “The entire [movie] industry,” notes Chaim Bermant, “was dominated by the big five: MGM, Paramount, Warner Brothers, RKO, and Twentieth Century Fox, all of which were owned and controlled by Jews. And of the not-so-little three — Universal, Columbia, and United Artists — two were in Jewish hands.” [BERMANT, C., 1977, p. 91-92] The major motion picture studios of the Hollywood golden age of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, and their Jewish founders and most important chiefs over the years include:
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  • Universal — Carl Laemmle, Jesse Lasky
  • Paramount – Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, Barney Balaban; much later,
  • in the 1970s, Robert Evans. Bought by Charles Bluhdorn in 1960s
  • Twentieth Century Fox – William Fox (originally Fuchs), Sol Brill,
  • Joseph Schenck, (and non-Jew Daryl F. Zanuck). Bought by
  • Marvin Davis in 1970s
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM, part of Loew’s Inc.) Louis B. Mayer,
  • Samuel Goldwyn (originally: Shmuel Goldfisz), Nicholas Schenck,
  • Irving Thalberg (the model for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon),
    Dore Schary; earlier, Marcus Loew; 1970s: Frank Rosenfelt
  • Warner Brothers – Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack; Norman Katz
  • Columbia – Harry and Jack Cohn (At Harry’s death, Columbia merged
  • with Screen Gems, headed by Leo Jaffe, Abe and Stanley
  • Schneider, and Mike Francovich); Daniel Melnick
  •  RKO – in early years, financially controlled by the Lehman Brothers,
  • Jewish bankers. Later headed by Arnold Grant (Goldstein), one
  • time head of Board of Directors. (Also chairman of the Anti-
  • Defamation League and the Joint Defense Appeal of the American
  • Jewish Committee). Later controlled by non-Jew Howard Hughes
  • United Artists – [None of the original founders — the biggest attractions in
  • the early film industry who sought freedom from the exploitive
  • hegemony of other film companies — were Jewish: director D. W.
  • Griffith, actress Mary Pickford, and actors Charlie Chaplin,
  • Douglas Fairbanks, and William S. Hart. But it was arranged that
  • Jewish businessmen Hiram Abrams and B. P. Schulberg “would
  • run the company, receiving 20 percent of the profits.”
  • [WHITFIELD, 1997, p. 191] Facing economic difficulties, in 1924
  • W. Griffith pulled out of leadership of United Artists. The new
  • (Jewish) Chairman of the Board became Joseph Schenck. Samuel
    Goldwyn joined U.A. as a distributor, “but here too his personality
    proved too dominant, and he bought his partners [the above-mentioned
    actors] out.” [BERMANT, C., 1977, p. 93] In later years,
  • Jewish U.A. heads included Al Lichtman, Samuel Goldwyn,
  • and Alexander Korda. Arthur Krim and Robert Benjamin later took
  • over power; still later Krim, Benjamin, William Bernstein, Mike
  • Medavoy, and Eric Pleskar branched out to form Orion Pictures.
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  • As an example of almost complete Jewish domination of the studios’ executive hierarchy, one recent author listed the members of Columbia’s 1957 Board of Directors, as part of a section entitled “the Columbia Empire on the eve of Harry Cohn’s death.” (Is there more than one non-Jewish name here?) :
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  • President: Harry Cohn
  • First Vice President and Treasurer: Abe Schneider
  • Vice President for Production: B. B. Kahane
  • Vice President for Domestic Sales: Abraham Montague
  • Vice President for Foreign Distribution: J. A. McConville
  • Vice President for Advertising and Publishing: P. N. Lazarus, Jr.
  • Vice President for Public Relations: N. B. Spingold
  • Vice President for Finance: L. J. Barbano
  • Vice President and Assistant Treasurer: Leo Jaffe
  • Secretary: Charles Schwartz
  • Assistant Secretary (Legal): D. G. Cassell
  • Assistant Secretary: Bernard Birnbaum
  • Assistant Treasurer: Mortimer Wormser
  • Controller: Arthur Levy
  • Director (Hemphill Noyes): L. M. Blanke
  • Director (City National Bank): Alfred Hart
  • Director (Sonnebend): A. M. Sonnebend
  • Director: (Hallgarten): D. S. Stralem
  • Director: Ralph M. Cohn
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  • A listing of Columbia’s “Corporate Management, Divisions and Subsidiaries” executives contains almost all the same names, and the “Hollywood Studios” hierarchy is the same pattern. [DICK, B., 1993, p. 196-198] And as Chaim Bermant observes, to understand the nature of this firm: “Harry Cohn, or King Kohn, as he was sometimes called, head of Columbia, directed his company with the arbitrariness of a Caliph. So many legends have accumulated round his barbarity that one almost suspects that he consciously set out to play a part.” [BERMANT, C., 1977, p. 94] (More generally, note here one investigator’s overview research into the gender and ethnicity of many past studio executives at MGM, Columbia, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Disney, and MCA/Universal).
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  • Famous swimmer/actress Esther Williams notes what it was like when she first strode down the long and intimidating executive office carpet as a teenager to meet her new (Jewish) MGM employers (who were considering her for a contract):
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  • “As I walked the sixty-foot-long walk on this white carpet, [MGM head
  • Louis] Mayer scrutinized me through his thick glasses as if I were a piece
  • of merchandise. Sitting in back of [Mayer] was a phalanx of executives
  • — L. K. Sidney, Sam Katz, Eddie Mannix, and Benny Thau — all the
  • top management … Although I didn’t know it then, they were the men
  • who ran MGM. Like Mayer, they were all short … I felt like Snow White
  • with the dwarfs. When I reached the desk, I put out my hand and said,
  • ‘Hello Mr. Mayer.” No one stood up.” [WILLIAMS, E., 1999, p. 62-63]
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  • Mayer’s assistant, Ida Koverman, adds Williams, was “a power behind the throne.” [WILLIAMS, E., 1999, p. 79] (Actress Debbie Reynolds notes that the Number two man at MGM, behind Louis B. Mayer, Eddie Mannix, “started out as bouncer for the Schencks at Palisades Park.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 48] Reynolds also recalls Mayer’s intimidating office: “I was taken to meet Mr. Mayer in his office. Mr. Mayer had what must have been the biggest office in the history of Hollywood. You entered the enormous room, all in white, for what some people called the ‘quarter-mile walk’ to a desk the size of a small helicopter pad, all highly polished and shining. Because Mr. Mayer was not very tall (about five five), and rather roundish and portly, he had his desk built on a platform, lest some big temperamental star of director come in and forget who was boss.”) [REYNOLDS, 1988, p. 54-55]
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  • At Warner Brothers, brother Harry was an “ardent Zionist.” Brother Jack even forced his Jewish employees to donate part of their salary to the United Jewish Welfare Fund. [GABLER, N., 1988, p. 289-290] “If a thing worked,” Jack Warner, Jr. once remarked about his father, “it was moral. That’s a terribly cynical thing to say, but I think that’s how he felt.” [GABLER, N., 1988, p. 293]
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  • Other prominent Jewish executives at various smaller studios over the years have included Victor Carter (chairman of Republic Pictures), William Chaikin (president of Avco Embassy Pictures), Bernard Donnenfeld (president of the Filmmakers Group), and Paul Heller and Fred Weintraub (heads of Sequoia Pictures), among others.
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  • “As early as 1938, the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division had
  • filed suit against the eight big motion picture companies —
  • Paramount, Loews, RKO, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century
  • Fox, Columbia, Universal and United Artists for ‘combining and
  • conspiring to restrain trade in the production, distribution, and
  • exhibition of motion pictures,’ in violation of the Sherman Antitrust
  • Act … Thurman Arnold, the head of the Antitrust Division charged
  • that the motion picture business had become ‘an industrial dictatorship
  • and strictly unAmerican … The danger in this country is the private
  • seizure of power … it is subject to no criticism and no attack because
  • no one even knows about it.'” [MOLDEA, p. 46]
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  • A settlement was reached in 1940. A second trial commenced in 1944 with some changes being forced upon the studios.

    In 1941, there was even a public investigation in the U.S. Congress about Jewish domination of Hollywood and its alleged activist postion in support of American involvement in the looming world war:

    “In August 1941 [Senators Gerald P. Nye and Bennett Champ Clark] called for
    a congressional investigation into warmongering and propaanda in the film
    industry .. [Because it did not receive enough votes in support] … the Interstate
    Commerce Committee … established a subcommittee to investigate Nye’s and
    Clarks’ allegations … The subcommittee hearings raised exactly the charges which
    Jewish organizations and industry leaders had long feared anti-Nazi films
    would bring about: that Jews in Hollywood were warmongers and propagandists
    and that Jewish organizations abetted their coreligionists in Hollywood. The
    hearings added new and powerful rhetoric to the long-time charge that Jews
    controlled Hollywood and were using it for nefarous purposes, and they gave
    these ideas an airing on the very public floor of the U.S. Congress … Yet …
    despite Jewish fears, the American press treated the subcommittee hearings
    with criticism and even derision.” [HERMAN, F., MARCH 2001, p. 86-88]

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  • “All the great moguls,” notes Frank Rose, “belonged to the Hillcrest [Country Club] — Louis B. Mayer, and the Warner Brothers and Harry Cohn of Columbia and Adolph Zukor of Paramount. Most of the top comics belonged — George Burns, Danny Thomas, Georgie Jessel, Milton Berle, the Marx Brothers … Benny Siegel, the mobster who invented Las Vegas, was admitted, but Joseph P. Kennedy was turned down: Jews only. (Danny Thomas was an exception).” [ROSE, p. 1]
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  • “Within the studios and on the screen,” says Neal Gabler,
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  • “the Jews could create a new country — an empire of their own so
  • to speak … They would create its values and myths, its traditions
  • and archetypes … This was their America and its creation may be their
  • enduring legacy….  They lived in large, palatial homes that imitated (some
  • would say “vulgarized”) the estates of Eastern establishment. They
  • became members of a lavish new country club called Hillcrest that
  • mimicked the Gentile clubs and barred them … For their social life,
  • they organized a system of estates, a rigid hierarchy, that could easily
  • have been modeled after the court of Louis XIV … The Hollywood
  • Jews would cope through ‘a sustained attempt to live a fiction, and to
  • cast its spell on the minds of others.’ … The Hollywood Jews created
  • a powerful cluster of images and ideas — so powerful that, in a sense,
  • they colonized the American imagination … Ultimately, American values
  • came to be defined largely by the movies the Jews made.” [GABLER, p.
  • 6-7]
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  • In 1979, a Jewish screenwriter, Ben Stein, wrote a book about Hollywood, based upon his own experience in the city and interviews with nearly forty TV producers and writers. Such people, he concluded,
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  • “with a small number of exceptions … are all white males. They are
  • almost never younger than 35. They are almost never second-generation
  • A distinct majority, especially the writing of situation
  •    comedies, is Jewish … [STEIN, p. 10]  … The super-medium of
  • television is spewing out messages of a few writers and producers
  • (literally in the low hundreds) … Television is not necessarily a mirror
  • of anything but what those few people think. The whole entertainment
  • component of television is dominated by men and women who have a
  • unified, idiosyncratic view of life.” [STEIN, p. xiii]
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  • “Hollywood is largely liberal and Jewish,’ Jewish agent Barry Mendel (of the United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills) told Jewish journalist Steve Berg in 1995, “We live in an insular world. We don’t understand fully people’s common concerns.” [BERG, S., p 1A]  “The Hollywood elite,” note one Jewish research team, “shares a set of political and cultural assumptions that it views as natural (as all of us view our own assumptions) and that it seeks, as do others, to put into action. These Hollywood leaders do not do this in a concerted or conspiratorial way; yet because there is a general agreement on core issues … the totality of their world suggests a more or less coherent ideology. That ideology is generally left-leaning and highly critical of traditional features of American society.” [POWERS/ROTHMAN/ROTHMAN, p. 5]
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  • “I’ve always believed that film,” observed Jewish film critic Lester Friedman, “like all art forms, is inherently propagandistic. Even seemingly innocuous pictures carry messages that either support or attack the prevailing status quo.” [FRIEDMAN, L., p. vii]  In this vein, psychology professor Kevin MacDonald suggests sometimes deeper dimensions and themes to Jewish-dominated Hollywood movies. He cites the example of the film Addam’s Family Values (1993), produced by Scott Rudin, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and written by Paul Rudnick — all Jewish. “The bad guys in the movie are virtually anyone with blond hair,” says MacDonald, “… and the good guys include two Jewish children wearing yarmulkes.” [MACDONALD, 1998, p. 18]
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  • As Jewish comedian Lenny Bruce once noted in his stand-up routine:
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  • “Now the Jew gets into show business. And he writes motion pictures,
  • he’s making the images — he has the film industry knocked up — he
  • controls it! And the Jew naturally writes what he thinks is pretty, what
  • he thinks is ugly — and it’s amazing, but you never see one Jewish
  • bad guy in the movies. Not ever a Jewish villain, man. Gregory Peck,
  • Paul Muni — haha! It’s wonderful! Who’s the bad guy? The goyim!
  • The Irish!” [COHEN, J., p. 37-38] [Apparently even Bruce, like
  • virtually all movie-goers, didn’t realize that Muni was Jewish.]
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  • In 1983, a book, Inside Prime Time, by Jewish sociologist Todd Gitlin, was published about the entertainment divisions of American television. (Among the pioneers in the field was Ira Phillips, who was Jewish. “In 1941”, notes Anthony Heilbut, “the most popular [radio] soap operas were the creations of Ira Phillips … By 1949 [he] had become the doyenne of television serials.” [Heilbut, p. 125])  Noting that his field work evidenced “the large number of Jews who hold top positions in the networks and production companies,” [GITLIN, p. 184] Gitlin interviewed a range of people in the TV business. Among them was Ethel Winant, vice-president in charge of mini-series at NBC, who told him
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  • “There’s a kind of joke that you hear often in this business. The same
  • people move in kind of a circle. It’s a family. If I were fired tomorrow,
  • I would get a job the day after … I’m part of that group. Which has very
  • little to do with whether I’m good or bad.” [GITLIN, p. 116]
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  • “A few score producer’s names come up over and over again,” noted Gitlin, “a few major production companies dominate the airwaves … [GITLIN, p. 118]  … The old-boy networks binding executives, agents, and top producers amount to a curious kind of solidarity. Outsiders charge corruption …  [GITLIN, p. 155]  … Cronyism, mutual back scratching, behind-the-scenes favors, revolving doors, musical chairs, careers made by failing upward, the ‘amazing largesse’ given to favored members of the ‘creative community’ … The same names may stay in circulation for years, or decades … Old-boy networks bind this savage business together.” [GITLIN, p. 156]
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  • “Nepotism,” says Jewish critic Michael Medved, “… plays a limited role in preserving Jewish prominence in the entertainment industry. Power often seems to pass from generation to generation. Just look at famous acting [Jewish] families like the Douglases (Kirk and Michael). Among producers and top executives, this pattern is even clearer. One of the major independent studios, Samuel Goldwyn Pictures, is run by the son of founding father Samuel Goldwyn … A third-generation Goldwyn (Tony) is a successful and talented young actor … It’s possible that industry leaders feel more comfortable working with people who share their own outlook, values, and background.” [MEDVED, p. 39]  In the heyday of MGM, studio chief “Louis B. Mayer placed so many of his relatives on the payroll that the initials M-G-M were said to stand for ‘Mayer’s ganze mishpoche [Mayer’s whole family].'” [WHITFIELD, p. 156]

    “Back in the heyday of the self-made Jewish movie moguls,” notes the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles,

    “the studios were, to a certain degree, family businesses. For Louis B. Mayer, Jack
    and Harry Warner [at Warner Brothers], and others, nepotism was standard       operating   procedure …  Nepotism reached unprecedented heights at Universal       Pictures, which was founded in 1915 by Carl Laemmle, an affable and unpretentious       German-Jewish  immigrant.” [ZAGA, D., 5-23-97]

    Universal, notes Chaim Bermant, “during [Laemmle’s] heyday, was full of relatives, a fact which gave rise to Ogden Nash’s famous couplet: ‘Uncle Carl Laemmle has a large famlee.'” [BERMANT, C., 1977, p. 93-94]

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  • “Perhaps the most unique aspect of Jewish participation [in Hollywood],” says Jewish scholar Patricia Erens,
  • “that which sets them apart from any other ethnic group — has been the
  • virtual monopoly on film producing … As Jews gained a foothold in
  • the industry, they hired friends and relatives, and so their numbers,
  • and influence, grew.” [ERENS, P., 1980, p. 115]
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  • “In certain ways,” says Tom Tugend, “the Hollywood moguls revealed their Jewish roots implicitly, by the patriarchal style in which they ran their fiefdoms and by their close family loyalties.” [ERENS, P., 1980, p. 115] “Relationships play a big part in Hollywood filmmaking … There is a very familial relationship between the four of us [Jews] who head Orion — Eric Pleskow, Bill Bernstein, Arthur Krim, and myself,” noted a Jewish co-founder, Mike Medavoy, of Orion Pictures in 1990. [BROUWER/WRIGHT, 1990, p. 8]
  • Richard Shepherd, for example, whohad “a brilliant producing career,” became a partner at talent agency Creative Management Associates, and eventually production chief at (post-Mayer) MGM.  A key factor in getting the ball rolling was that his wife “was a granddaughter of the fabled Louis B. Mayer. Judy’s father, William Goetz, had married Mayer’s daughter, Edith, and had gone on to become a powerful producer in his own right during Hollywood’s golden era.” [BART, p. 127] Goetz was once a producer at 20th Century Fox. Another Mayer daughter, Irene, married David Selznick, member of another prominent Jewish Hollywood clan.  Mogul Samuel Goldwyn married the sister of mogul Jesse Lasky. [ERENS, P., 1980, p. 133]
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  • One time head of the Paramount film studio? Stanley Jaffe. One time chief at Columbia? Jaffe’s father, Leo, whose brother-in-law, Abe Schneider, was Chairman of the Board. One time chairman of MGM? Nick Schenck. At the same time his brother, Joseph, headed United Artists.
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  • And as Peter Hay notes about Warner Brothers studio:
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  • “In 1950 stockholders brought suit against Warner Brothers and
  • United States Pictures, which was run by Milton Sperling, the son-in-
  • law of Harry Warner. Warner Brothers financed and distributed the
  • films made by United States Pictures. This was not the first nepotism
  • suit, which prompted producer Jerry Wald to remark: ‘If this sort of thing
  • keeps up, the son-in-law business in Hollywood will be set back at
  • least ten years.'” [HAY, P., 1990, p. 262-263]
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  • Note the case of Joan Micklin Silver, a “housewife turned director.” Silver’s husband Raphael, says Rachel Abramowitz, “had grown so distressed by watching his wife’s frustrated ambition that he personally raised the money to finance her 1975 directorial debut, Hester Street, about a neglected Jewish housewife at the turn of the century.” [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 139] “At a party,” notes the Jewish Press,
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  • “Silver met Joan Ganz Cooney, a founder of the Children’s Television
  • network, who put her in touch with Linda Gotlieb, then an executive
  • with an educational film company. Gotlieb fed her freelance script
  • writing work and when Micklin Silver told the company head she
  • wanted to direct as well, she got her wish.” [BIGA, L., 4-14-2000, p. 34]
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  • David Begelman “was in the insurance business when he met and married Esther Feldman, sister of the agent Charles Feldman.” Feldman was one of the most powerful agents in Hollywood. Begelman soon worked at the MCA agency till he formed his own company with Freddie Fields, Creative Management Associates (CMA). [SHIPMAN, D., 1993, p. 447] By the 1970s, Begelman was head of Columbia MCA executive Jay Kanter was Paramount president Barney Balaban’s son-in-law. [MCDOUGAL, p. 231] Famed Universal director William Wyler’s cousin, Carl Laemmle, was the head of that movie company. [BERG, A., 1989, p. 263] Paul Weinstein, vice president of production at Warner Brothers has a sister, Lisa, who is a “D-girl for the powerful production team of Leonard Goldberg and Jerry Weintraub at Universal.” [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 170]

    Famous agent Mort Janklow’s wife Linda is the daughter of prominent Jewish film director Mervyn Le Roy and granddaughter of Harry Warner, of Warner Brothers. Jeremy Zimmer, who rose to head the motion picture packaging department at talent agency giant ICM, (and later became a partner in the “prestigious Baver/Benedek Agency” is the grandson of former MGM president Dore Schary. [BROUWER/WRIGHT, 1990, p. 45] Howard Kaminsky, president of Warner Books, is Jewish director/comedian Mel Brook’s first cousin. [KRANTZ, J., 2000, p. 209, 288] Ray Stark was the “producer of such films as Funny Girl, the Oscar-winning movie based on the life of [Jewish comedian] Fanny Brice, Stark’s mother-in-law.” [KING, T., 2000, p. 270] George Shapiro was Jewish comedian Andy Kaufman’s personal manager. “[Kaufman],” notes Shapiro, “came to my attention through my darling uncle and client Carl Reiner, who saw Andy in a nightclub in New York City.” [ZEHME, B., 1999, p. 3] And on and on.

    Sidney Ganis was named president of the motion picture group for Paramount Pictures in 1988. Here’s how he got his start in Hollywood:

    “As a teenager, he responded to a New York Times want ad for an office
    boy needed in a show business publicity office. When the rejection note
    came, he left it on the kitchen table, where his uncle Phil, a restaurateur
    with acquaintances in the entertainment industry, happened to read it.
    One call from Uncle Phil, and Sid had the job. Within three years he was
    introduced to the publicity chief at Twentieth-Century-Fox who brought
    him on board.” [BROUWER/WRIGT, 1990, p. 515-516]

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  • “Hollywood is a make-work town where nepotism is a way of life,” observed (Jewish) comedian Roseanne Barr’s sister (and longtime manager), Geraldine, in 1994. [BARR, G., 1994] “In Hollywood,” once joked British character actor Arthur Treacher, “success is relative. The closer the relative, the greater the success.” [HAY, P., 1990, p. 262] “I became a director,” says Jay Sandrich (director of TV’s The Cosby Show, among others), “by being in the right place at the right time, plus the wonderful thing that helps so many people in this business, nepotism…. My father was a feature film director … I really had no interest in the business. I’ve always felt that if my father had worked in the automobile business, I’d be in the automobile business.” [LEVINSON, p. 118-119] (Cosby’s Jewish agent, Jerry Katzman, originally arranged the deal for his show with NBC‘s Jewish head, Brandon Tartikoff. One of the two co-writers for the program was also Jewish, Ed Weinberger. [TARTIKOFF, p. 10, 13]  Thomas Werner, the head of Carsey-Werner, produced “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne” for television.  In earlier years, as Bill Cosby made the transition from stand-up comic to television with the I Spy series, his managers were Fred Weintraub and Roy Silver. The producer of another popular Black-oriented program, Sanford and Son? Bernard Orenstein).
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  • “Now that Jews govern the New [mass media] Establishment, (their official mouthpiece is the New York Times),” complained William Cash, a reporter for Britain’s Daily Telegraph, “does any sort of reverse form of class or racial discrimination operate against outsiders trying to get access to the entertainment highway — wasps, blacks, Brits (there is only one Brit of any level of executive significance in all the major studios, and he is Jewish) and others not so favoured?” [CASH, p. 15]
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  • “Recently I had a meeting with a young executive,” wrote Jewish screenwriter Adam Kulakow in a Jewish journal, “to discuss a possible script assignment. Our conversation began with a discussion of the Eastern European origins of my surname and segued from their to talk of my grandparent’s arrival in America … It wasn’t long before we were playing ‘Jewish geography.’ By the time we got around to the business of the meeting, we had achieved a comfort level based on our common ground.” [KULAKOW, A., p. 43]  Kulakow ends his story that dismisses Jewish nepotism by declaring that Jewish solidarity meant nothing because he didn’t get the job. What he neglects to mention, of course, is how many other candidates were interviewed for the job, and whether or not the person who did get the position had the same “comfort level.” After all, even the most ethnocentric Jewish executive can’t hire all fellow Jews for one open position.  “Relationships at studios,” says television comedy writer Stuart Gibbs, “often begin with whether they are comfortable with you. If you share a bond you might have a slight edge [in getting a job.]” [KULAKOW, p. 43]
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  • Meanwhile, Kulakow quotes a non-Jewish television writer who dutifully says that being a non-Jew hasn’t hurt his career. However, the Gentile notes to Kulakow that “in a nice way every now and then I feel like a shabbes goy.” Short of those married to Jews, how many non-Jews know what a shabbes goy is, except those who have the term directed to them, jokingly or otherwise? A shabbes goy is (whatever its formal dissimulative explanations) essentially a non-Jewish servant who traditionally does all the work for Jews on Saturdays while they sit home lounging around, religiously forbidden to even light candles.  One dictionary of Yiddish slang defines shabbes goy as “Someone who does the dirty work for others (Lit., gentile doing work for a Jew on Sabbath).” [KOGOS, p. 69]  In what context would such a Yiddish term come up between Jew and non-Jew, unless there was, however veiled in humor, a latent undercurrent of reality? In Black parlance, shabbes goy is the rough equivalent to “house nigger.”
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  • (While we’re on Yiddish terms, the double moral/linguistic standard in today’s Jewish-dominated mass media can be staggering to behold. The free use of the word shiksa (the defamatory slur against non-Jewish women) can still be found today, common in major publications. The New York Post calls Hilary Clinton’s grandmother a shiksa [PEYSER, 8-6-99], the Los Angeles Times notes a film with an “unattainable shiksa princess,” [HORNDADY, p. 90], and Richard Siegel, the executive director of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture has a letter printed in the New York Times quoting another commentator about a “shiksa-chasing Jewish prince.” [SIEGEL, R. 11-30-96] Can we imagine this day and age the same Jewish (or any other) organization discussing “nigger-chasers,”  “Pollock-chasers,” or any other comparable defamation in a reputable national newspaper? One writer, Ellen Jaffe-Gill, (who is Jewish; how many non-Jews have even heard the shiksa term, let alone know the way that the Jewish community still widely uses the word?) had the integrity to complain to the Times about the paper’s use of the term. Shiksa, she noted, “is about as affectionate as the N-word, and if the Times’ style sheet lists racial pejoratives … as no-nos, shiksa … should go on the list.” [JAFFE-GILL, p. 95] Elsewhere, in a Jewish journal, Gabrielle Glaser notes that when she reviewed Jewish literature for information about intermarriage with non-Jews, “a lot of it was judgmental and didactic. The attitude was, ‘Well, if she’s not Jewish, she’s a stupid shiksa.'” [COLEMAN, S., p. 41])  (A review of expressly Jewish periodicals in the Ethnic Newswatch computer databank, from 1994 through 1999, notes the use of the word shiksa in over 70 different articles).
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  • Being Jewish means nothing in Hollywood? In 1992, struggling Jewish actress Fran Drescher ended up sitting on a plane next to a Jewish broadcasting mogul, Jeff Sagansky, then president of CBS Entertainment. “To her captive audience she pitched an idea: a sitcom about a Jewish babe who become a nanny for the children of a dashing British millionaire. By the time Drescher deplaned, she’d convinced the network honcho to give her a weekly show [The Nanny] — which is now in its fourth season.” [HANSON, p. 160]
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  • In another such case, Jewish journalist Philip Weiss “conspired to get himself seated next to [book publisher] Farrar, Strauss’ formidable [Jewish] boss, Roger Straus, at a dinner party. After three drinks, an emboldened Weiss asked Straus if he would take a look at his novel. Straus agreed to look, and later agreed to publish [Weiss’ novel entitled Cock-a-doodle-do].” [CRYER, p. 34]  “The social and professional scope I have as an American Jew is largely unlimited,” says Weiss, “… I have been included just about everywhere I have wanted to be. My (largely Jewish) professional network is well connected and powerful.” [original author’s parenthesis: WEISS, p. 26]
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  • Jewish NBC head Brandon Tartikoff notes that at his grandmother’s death bed she was still asking him to do a TV mini-series based on the book Evergreen, by Belva Plain. “Grandma,” Tartikoff explained to her, “It’s a Jewish story. There are only six million Jews. We’re into large audiences … After she died, I felt badly that I’d never done it and — largely for sentimental reasons, I admit — I commissioned a script of the book.” [TARTIKOFF, p. 29] Evergreen eventually became a regular television program.

    In 2001, the New York Times started an article about Jewish/Israeli Hollywood mogul Haim Saban like this:

    “Haim Saban picked up the phone in his office. Leslie Moonves [also Jewish],       president of CBS Television, was returning his call. ‘Bobbie,’ said Mr. Saban, the       childrens’ television mogul and top Democratic fund-raiser, ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry,       I’m not asking for money.’ Instead Mr. Saban asked Mr. Moonves to help a singer,
    who was a family friend, in finding a TV gig.” [WEINRAUB, B., 3-4-01, p. 2]

    In this vein, Jewish Hollywood mogul David Geffen “helped [Jewish fashion mogul] Calvin Klein’s daughter, Marci, land a job at Saturday Night Live.” [KING, T., 2000, p. 480] (Geffen had helped the head of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels, get a job earlier in his career as a writer at a Phyllis Diller TV show). [KING, T., 2000, p. 61]

    “Soon after the success of Daisy,” says Jewish novelist Judith Krantz, about one of her early novels,

    “Nat Wartels sold Crown to Random House, which was owned by Si Newhouse,
    one of the richest men in America. On my next trip to New York, this unknown
    billionaire gave a dinner party to welcome me, inviting only executives from Crown
    and Random House. He and Bob Bernstein, who was his second-in-command at
    the time, quizzed me, a total stranger, trying to get a grip exactly who this strange       Californian was besides being a successful novelist.
    ‘So where did you go to high school?’ Bob began.
    ‘Birch Warthen.’
    ‘My God, did you know my cousin, Alice Bernstein?’
    ‘Well, of course I did, we graduated in the same class,’ I answered
    ‘What did you do after college?’ Si wanted to know.
    ‘I worked for Herb Mayes at Good House [Keeping].”
    ‘Herb? I’ve known him all my life. A great man’ was Si’s response.
    ‘My father was one of his best friends,’ I said modestly, ‘and Alex is one of my oldest       and dearest friends,’ I added, knowing full well that Si had dated their daughter, Alex,       at one point her life, and that Mitzi Newhouse, his mother, and Grace Mayes were       friends. Both men’s faces beamed with relief. An absolutely perfect game of Jewish       Geography had just been beautifully played and I had been squarely identified as a       highly credentialed, super-nice New York Jewish girl, no potentially oddball California       exotic.” [KRANTZ, J., 2000, p. 303]

    In 2000, Tom King’s The Operator. David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood outlined Hollywood mogul David Geffens’ rise to fabulous power via his largely Judeo-centric networking:

    First Geffen got a job in the mailroom at the William Morris (Jewish-founder) agency. He told the Jewish man who hired him, Howard Portnoy, that he was (Jewish music producer) Phil Spectre’s cousin. He also lied and said he had graduated from UCLA. [p. 46-47] Expecting a letter from UCLA to the company to evidence that Geffen was not a graduate, Geffen came in early to the mail room to intercept it. He had his brother, a lawyer, write a bogus UCLA confirmation from his law office instead. [p. 47] Geffen was much like the Hollywood hustler in [Jewish author] Budd Schulberg’s novel What Makes Sammy Run, “a backstabbing [Jewish] huckster who employed appalling tricks to run to the top in Hollywood.” [p. 48] In the mail room, Geffen met “Barry Diller, a Jewish kid from Beverly Hills who years later became one of Geffen’s best friends, when the two were among the most powerful moguls in all of Hollywood.” [p. 50] At a night club, he “struck up a conversation with Herb Gart, a manager who had recently come to New York with comedian Bill Cosby.” [p. 50] “He next set his sights on romancing Nat Letkowitz, the celebrated head of Morris’s New York office.” [p. 51] “Enlisting Letkowitz’s support was a brilliant move. Geffen had realized the value of having a ‘rabbi’ in life, someone powerful to help him get what he wanted.” [p. 52] [Journalist — and later Hollywood everything — David Freeman likewise notes this “rabbi” relationship with Marv Seligman, his boss at the New York Post: “Marv was my rabbi at the paper. He had hired and trained me.”] [FREEMAN, D., 1992, p. 10] “Geffen worked in the mailroom for six months until “he was stopped by Scott Shukat [also Jewish], who offered him a job as secretary to Ben Griefer [also Jewish], one of the office’s most respected television agents … Brooklyn born and raised in Queens, Shukat … too, had lied on his employment application at the Morris office, listing his stage name, Scott Logan, Jr. But when he arrived at the office on the first day and saw the executives’ names on the company directory in the lobby — Letkowitz, Kalcheim, Griefer, Weiss, and so on — he hustled back to the personnel office and told them his given Jewish name.” [p. 52-53] [KING, T., 2000]

    “To cover some of the long-distance calls, Geffen called the local switchboard at CBS and claimed to be Jerry Rubin, a CBS executive he had met.” [p. 53] “Geffen began to mentor other secretaries and trainees. Jeff Wald [also Jewish], who supported his petty salary by peddling marijuana in the mailroom, immediately latched onto Geffen.” [p. 54] “But by far the most important alliance Geffen made was with Elliot Roberts [also Jewish], a dope smoking clown who had grown up across the street from Wald. In the years to come, Roberts hitched his star to Geffen’s and played a critically important role in David’s life … Born Elliot Rabinowitz … he was not as swift as Geffen, [but] he was nevertheless a hustler.” [p. 54] “Nat Lefkowitz placated Ben Griefer [also Jewish] by giving him a new secretary and then promoting Geffen to assistant to a crusty agent named Harry Kalcheim [also Jewish].” [p. 59] “With Marty Litke [also Jewish], also now a pal, Geffen signed Carmen Matthews … Nat Lefkowitz soon promoted [Geffen] to agent.” [p. 60] “At the meetings, Geffen often prattled on about a fellow he had met at the University of Texas named Ronny Pearlman [also Jewish], who he claimed would be the hottest writer the TV business had ever seen. He also talked up a hippie named Lorne Michaels [also Jewish, and later head of Saturday Night Live] and soon got him a gig writing for a situation comedy.” [p. 61] “Geffen first turned to Herb Gart [also Jewish] .. who was now handling a group called the Youngbloods.” [p. 66] Geffen got a hot stock tip “at a lawyer’s office” about “Allen Klein [also Jewish], the manager of the Rolling Stones who was going to take over Cameo-Parkway Records.” [p. 67] “Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Barry Diller [also Jewish] had quit the Morris office to become assistant to Leonard Goldberg, the head of West Coast programming at ABC … Before long, Diller was running the department by himself.” [p. 68] “Laura Nigro [Nyro] was born in the Bronx in 1947, the daughter of a Jewish mother and an Italian-Catholic father … [She was managed by] Artie Mogul [also Jewish]l, a hustler who had once signed Bob Dylan [of course also Jewish] to an early publishing deal . [p. 73] “He did not interfere with her songs, but he did insist that she change her name, fearing people might pronounce it ‘Negro.'” [p. 73] “Geffen next plotted to make a new label deal for his client. He went to see Jerry Schoenbaum [also Jewish], the head of Verve-Folkways.” [p. 80] “CBS Records head Clive Davis [also Jewish] was one of the slickest and most intimidating figures in the business … Geffen, meanwhile, had gotten all the use he could squeeze out of Nat Lefkowitz and was searching for a more powerful rabbi.” [p. 81] “Clive Davis, meanwhile, had developed an extraordinary affection for David Geffen.” [p. 86]

    In 1968, the “rivals of William Morris began to court [Geffen]. The Ashley Famous Agency [also Jewish-founded] … now badly wanted him.” [p. 87] “[Nat] Lefkowitz also may not have wanted to get in a bidding war with Ashley Famous in part because Ted Ashley was his nephew.” [p. 88] “In late 1967, Ashley sold his agency for thirteen million dollars to Kinney Service … Kinney was run by the owner’s son-in-law” Steve Ross [also Jewish], “later … chairman of Warner Communications. Ross was the man directly responsible for the transactions that were to make Geffen a billionaire.” [p. 88] “Once again displaying indomitable guts, Geffen set his sights on Albert Grossman [also Jewish], the biggest gun in the management business.” [p. 89] Geffen “got on the phone, found [Todd] Schiffman [also Jewish] at home in Los Angeles, and began selling him on the notion that he ought to quit APA and join Ashley Famous.” [p. 90] “But the real clincher for Schiffman was that he, like Geffen, had a shady artist-management operation on the side.” [p. 91] “Geffen met the man with home he would develop a decades-long friendship, bonded in a love that many would term brotherly” — Sandy Gallin [also Jewish]. [p. 92] Gallin shot to stardom after booking the Beatles for their legendary 1964 debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.” [p. 93] “The only person Geffen knew at Atlantic Records was Jerry Wexler [also Jewish], Atlantic’s president.” [p. 106] “The next day, Geffen visited his friend Lous Adler [also Jewish].” [p. 120] Freddie Fields [also Jewish] “was the most powerful motion-picture agent in the business. Geffen thought that he might be able to use a connection to fields as a springboard to establishing himself as a power in movies as well as music.” [p. 127] “At CMA, Geffen was in Field’s office every day, ushered in by Field’s assistant, a young man named Jeff Berg [also Jewish], who years later became the chairman of the agency (known then as ICM).” [p. 129] When Geffen first met David Begelman [also Jewish], who a few years later became known as one of Hollywood’s most notorious felons, he looked him in the eye and said, ‘You know, what I admire most about you is your ability to lie with such grace.'” [p. 129] Geffen “finangled relationships with Robert Evans [also Jewish], the president of production at Paramount Pictures, and David Picker [also Jewish] the head of United Artists.” [p. 129]

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  • “It has long been a standing joke in LA,” says English journalist William Cash, “that the way to get on is to convert to Judaism. Simon Kelton, an Eton-and Oxford-educated screenwriter friend with whom I used to share a house, and who was shortlisted for the Samuel Goldwyn film-writing award, always stressed his Jewish ‘ancestry’ whenever he gets a chance in LA; something few had heard about before.” [CASH, p. 29]
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  • Non-Jew Jon Peters, a seventh grade dropout, [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 95] eventually rose from co-ownership of a hairdresser shop to become co-head of a Columbia It didn’t hurt his possibilities that when he started out, he shared the hair business with a Jewish friend, Paul Cantor. Nor did it hurt his Hollywood career that he eventually was doing Barbara Streisand’s hair, and that he later became her live-in lover. [GRIFFIN/MASTERS, p. 23, 102, et al]  Jewish film producer Julia Phillips, early in her Hollywood career, notes the first time she met Streisand at her home: “She stares at me a lot. I make sure to let her know I’m Jewish like the time I met [my husband] Michael’s grandmother, and that pleases her.” [PHILLIPS, J., p. 90]
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  • Russian-born French film director Roger Vadim (Jewish?) — famed for romances with Brigette Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, and Jane Fonda  — notes the beginning of his movie career: “All I needed was opportunity and luck. Opportunity came in the form of Raoul Levy…. a Belgian of Russian origin.” [VADIM, p. 78] Levy, notes actor Tony Randall, “made many of Brigette Bardot’s films, starting with her first, And God Created Woman.” [RANDALL, T., 1989, p. 89]
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  • Famed French film director Francois Truffaut? “His father had disappeared in 1931 after impregnating his mother.” A hired detective discovered that Truffaut’s father was “the Bayonne-born Jew, Roland Levy.” And as the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California notes:
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  • “According to the authors of a new biography on the filmmaker, Truffaut
  • was relieved [that his father was Jewish] ‘because it confirmed he
  • was not like everyone else. He was different. He was not a child like
  • anyone else and perhaps that was because he was Jewish child…
  • [Truffaut] kept his Jewish origins a secret from all but his ex-wife
  • Madeleine Morgenstern; Helen Scott, the head of the public relations
  • for the French Film Office in New York; and film producers Pierre
  • Braumberger and Ilya Lopert — just a few of the Jews he surrounded
  • himself with.'”
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  • Truffaut’s “long time Jewish assistant” was Suzanne Schiffman. He was also a member of Fonds de Solidarite avec Israel (the Israel Solidarity Fund). [GELENTER, T., 4-23-99, p. 35A]
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  • How prominent are Jews in Hollywood? Superstar Judy Garland’s road to Hollywood stardom was like many others. Although not Jewish, her big break in Hollywood was provided by a Jewish friend of her parents, Marc Rabwin. He contacted a Jewish acquaintance, Joseph Mankiewicz, a prominent screenwriter, who personally asked an audition for her from Louis B. Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Garland’s agent at the time, Al Rosen, also Jewish, “claimed credit” for setting up a second audition for his client at the powerful studio where the man she “decided to see was Sam Katz, a new arrival to the studio.” [SHIPMAN, D., 1993, p. 42-44, 51] Like many Hollywood stars, Garland’s eventual agent was the prominent Charles Feldman, also Jewish. So was her doctor, Lee Siegel. Garland’s first husband was also Jewish — bandleader Artie Shaw. Her second husband was a Jewish musician, David Rose. (Garland’s sister, Suzi, also married a Jewish musician, Lee Cahn. [SHIPMAN, D., 1993, p. 104, 108]) Judy Garland’s fourth husband was her business manager, Sid Luft, also Jewish. A man he hired, Harry Rubin, “a former hoodlum from Brooklyn,” [SHIPMAN, p. 304, 352] also had a series of affairs with the famous actress/singer. One of Garland’s many Jewish psychotherapists, Leonard Krauss, called Rubin “her one island of [emotional] safety.” [SHIPMAN, D., p. 353] When Garland divorced Luft, her divorce lawyer, Jerry Geisler, was also Jewish. Garland also had a variety of other marriages and other affairs. Included among them was romantic engagements with her lawyer Gregory Bautzer. (Another of her lawyers was Irving Erdheim). Bautzer was “the unofficial California law partner” of mob lawyer Sidney Korshak, also Jewish. [MCDOUGAL, p. 327] The man Garland declared in later life to have been “the only one she ever loved,” was also the aforementioned Joe Mankiewicz. [SHIPMAN, D., 1993, p. ix]
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  • Late in her career, Garland also believed that she had been swindled by as much as $300,000 by a Jewish agent, David Begelman. Both Begelman’s wife and Garland’s husband believed he too had a secret affair with the famous actress. [SHIPMAN, D. p. 448] Aside from numerous Jewish producers and directors in her life, others in Garland’s business world included Arthur Freed, MGM lyricist, described by one chronicler as “a vulgar, ambitious, sentimental, reactionary, ruthless, insensitive, and ill-educated man.” [SHIPMAN, D., 1993, p. 53]  Garland’s daughter Liza (Minelli) was even named after a song by Jewish songwriters Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn. [SHIPMAN, D. p. 190] Daughter Lorna Moon was named after a character created by Jewish playwright Clifford Odets, [SHIPMAN, D., p. 299] the character played by Odet’s real-life tragic paramour, Frances Farmer, in Golden Boy.
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  • Lana Turner? The legend that she was “discovered” by Hollywood at Schwab’s pharmacy was created by a Jewish columnist, Sidney Skolsky. [TURNER, L., 1982, p. 23] Her first agent, when she was 15, was Zeppo Marx, who had dropped out of the Marx Brothers comedy group to concentrate on business ends of Hollywood. In later years her agent was Stan Kamen. [TURNER, L., 1982, p. 28-29, 283] As a teenage actress, the first man Turner ever had sex with was Jewish Hollywood lawyer Greg Bautzer. “I wasn’t surprised at all,” she wrote in 1982, “when I recently read that he is now the power behind the throne at MGM.” [TURNER, L., 1982, p. 43] Turner’s next lover was Jewish bandleader Artie Shaw (Arshawasky), who she married in Las Vegas at age 19. [TURNER, L., 1982, p. 50] (This was the first of seven marriages). After having sex with Shaw after the marriage, Turner writes that “I experienced nothing but a question — what am I doing underneath this man? I don’t even know him.” Others actresses at the same time with emotional investments in Shaw included Judy Garland and Betty Grable. [TURNER, L., 1982, p. 53] “By the third day of our marriage,” notes Turner, “I knew I was in trouble, but how could I get out of it?” [TURNER, L., 1982, p. 55] Within the year she had divorced him and had an abortion of his child. Turner’s last husband (for six months) was scam artist and nightclub hypnotist Ronald Dante (Peller). Dante skipped out of the marriage after six months, trying to swindle Turner out of $35,000. [TURNER, L., 1982, p. 291] (Dante surfaced publicly again in 2000, heading a fraudulent business system called the Permanetics Institute, and became a fugitive when sentenced to 67 months in prison).

    Non-Jewish actress Betty Davis? “Her role in [Jewish film director William] Wyler’s movie,” notes Reuters,

    “was one of Davis’ many trademark performances. She always maintained that
    ‘Jezebel’ made her a box-office star. She also had an affair with Wyler. Though
    Davis would have many Hollywood affairs, some with her other directors,
    Davis later maintained that Wyler was the love of her life.” [REUTERS, 4-6-01]

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  • TV star Mary Tyler Moore became famous on the Dick Van Dyke Show (produced by Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard). The heads of her production company, MTM Enterprises, were Arthur Price and Mel Blumenthal. In recent years she moved in with Robert Levine, also Jewish, a cardiologist she met in a Los Angeles hospital. Soon thereafter they took a vacation to Israel, where he had nearly 100 relatives. [MOORE, M., p. 258] Touring the Jewish state, she says,
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  • “Nothing compared to the effect I felt at visiting The [Jewish Wailing]
  • Wall, with its millions of prayers and wishes written on small pieces of
  • paper that were tucked into crevices and cracks by all who had come
  • there throughout the ages. It was an Orthodox tradition that men and
  • women visit separately, so I was alone and without a prayer, but I did
  • put my forehead against the Wall and embraced with outstretched arms
  • all the pleas hidden there. When Robert and I were reunited some
  • distance from it, we both had tears in our eyes.” [MOORE, M., p. 258-
  • 260]
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  • This emotional scene, she states, soon led to a Jewish marriage. “My [Christian] family,” she writes,
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  • “was more accepting of the impending marriage than Robert’s was
  • at first. Marion [Robert’s mother], who was about to become my
  • mother-in-law, was only five years older than I. She confided to
  • Robert that as the director of a family mental-health agency, it might
  • appear that she had failed personally as a parental counselor. Irving
  • [the groom’s father, who was Director of the Institute on American
  • Pluralism of the American Jewish Committee] was obliged to be a
  • little more receptive because of his long involvement with and
  • knowledge of cultural pluralism.” [MOORE, M., p. 261]
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  • Moore first heard the Yiddish word shiksa with her new husband at a party. It “is taken,” she says, “almost always, as an affectionate term for a non-Jewish woman.” [MOORE, M., p. 255] (Debbie Reynolds’ first husband was Jewish popular singer Eddie Fisher. She recalls their courtship: “With me he was kittenish and affectionate. He called me his ‘bunny’ and his ‘little rabbit,’ or his shiksa, and nibbled at my ear with sweet kisses. It all seemed very beautiful to me.”) [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 99]
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  • “Suicide blonde” starlet Gloria Grahame attained fame in the early 1950s. Her initial screen test as MGM was conducted by Harry Rapf and J. Robert Rubin. She was romantically involved with film producer Stanley Rubin, later marrying Cy Howard (originally Seymour Horowitz). “Cy’s Jewishness,” notes Vincent Curcio, “was a very important issue to him, and as time went on it was to weigh very heavily on Gloria.” [CURCIO, 1989, p. 186]
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  • “Platinum Blonde” superstar Jean Harlow was, early in her acting career, involved with Jewish mobster Abner “Longie” Zwillman. Harlow’s mother, notes David Stenn, “knew [Zwillman] could help her daughter’s career, which he proved by securing a two-picture deal for Harlow with Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures.” [STENN, D., 1993, p. 61] Harlow eventually married MGM executive Paul Bern (born Paul Levy), a close friend of top Jewish MGM executive Irving Thalberg. “Paul Bern fell in love with Jean Harlow,” says Samuel Marx, “and got her the part that made her a star [a film called Red-Headed Woman].” [MARX, S., 1990, caption; photo section] Bern, while marrying America’s silver screen sex symbol, was alleged to have been impotent. He was also, says Harlow biographer David Stenn, “interested in abnormalities and complexes, inhibitions, perversions, suicide and death.” [STENN, D., 1993, p. 92] Bern was found dead at home, naked, with a gun at hand. His death, ruled a suicide, has always been controversial. Harlow later married Hal Rosson. Another Jewish beau late in Harlow’s short life was Donald Friede, one of the owners of the Boni & Liveright publishing firm. [STENN, D., 1993, p. 105-134, 160, 216]
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  • Jewish bandleader Barney Rapp (Rappaport) “gave Doris [Day] her start as a singer.” [HOTCHNER, 1976, p. photo]  Al Levy was Day’s agent. She married her Jewish manager, Marty Melcher. When Melcher died in 1968, “he left his widow nearly half a million dollars in debt. His business partner, lawyer Jerry Rosenthal, mismanaged Day’s assets — estimated at $20 million — down to nothing.” [MCDOUGAL, p 251] (Among others Rosenthal hastened towards financial ruin was actor Van Johnson, “especially [via] a shelter that was supposed to decrease his tax bill. It was completely bogus.”) [WYNN, N., 1990, p. 187] Sam Weiss, the head of Warners music, noted that “the fact was that the only thing Marty loved was money. He loved Patty’s money [Melcher was first married to Patty Andrews of the popular singing trio, the Andrews Sisters] until Doris’s money came along and then, because there was more of it, he loved Doris’s money more.” [HOTCHNER, 1976, p. 126] Day successfully sued Rosenthal; the presiding judge noted Rosenthal’s “pattern of kickbacks and rebates disguised as attorney fees, and the implication of his clients thereby in tax fraud.” [HOTCHNER, 1976, p. 281]

    Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds were probably the best-known 1950s-1960s actresses of the blonde, innocent, shikseh “girl-next-door” genre. And both, in real life, were swindled to virtual bankruptcy by their Jewish husbands.

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  • Debbie Reynolds married Harry Karl — thanks to the introductory efforts of omnipresent Jewish mob lawyer Sidney Korshak. [MCDOUGAL, p. 326] Karl was Reynolds’ second husband. Pop singer Eddie Fisher (a drug addict and — as was Karl — a chronic philandere) was the first. Both men were Jewish. The long Jewish thread in Reynolds’ star career reads as follows:

    The person who “discovered” Debbie Reynolds for Hollywood, when she won the Miss Burbank beauty contest as a teenager in 1948 was Solly (Solomon) Bainao of Warner Brothers (also credited with “discovering” actress Lana Turner. (REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 28-29) Bainao took Reynolds “to meet the studio acting coach, Sophie Rosenstein.” (p. 31) Reynolds’ only plastic surgery was, a teenager, a tucking back of her ears. This was done by a plastic surgeon and her family doctor, Dr. Levy. (REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 45) Reynolds contract was sold to MGM where her first movie part was in Three Little Words. “Wilt Melnick negotiated the deal.” (REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 48) “Maestro Shapiro” was her voice teacher at the MGM studios. (REYNOLDS, p. 51)

    Milton Blackstone was Eddie Fisher’s manager. “Eddie was the number-one teen idol in the world. He was a multimillionaire entity. Milton got one half.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 99] “A few days after Eddie gave me the [engagement ] ring,” notes Reynolds, “driving home one night, out of nowhere, he said, ‘You realize what I am, don’t you?’ I stared at him. I didn’t know what he was talking about. ‘What … are … you? I guessed. ‘You’re a singer.’ ‘You know I’m Jewish,’ he replied very quietly. I looked over at him. I could see that the subject made him very nervous. ‘So, what does that have to do with anything?’ ‘Well, you’re a Christian. People will talk, you know. Do you think you can handle it?’ ‘I don’t care if they do.’ ‘You can say that because you’ve got blond hair and blue eyes.’ ‘I can say that because I believe that.’ I refused to consider it a problem. ‘If we eventually settle down here, and raise a family,’ [he said], ‘you know we’ll have to join Hillcrest.’ Hillcrest is THE country club in Los Angeles for wealthy and socially prominent Jews, including a lot of show-business greats.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 100]

    “Some weekends we’d go to Grossinger’s [the famous Jewish resort in the Catskill mountains of New York],” says Reynolds, “Jennie Grossinger treated Eddie like a son, and me like a daughter. She had takent he family farm in the Catskills and turned it into a resort, for Jewish people primarily although she didn’t turn away Gentiles. She booked top entertainment and attracted a lot of show people. Milton Blackstone had worked for Jennie in the forties as her publicity man. It was Milton who brought the teenage Eddie Fisher to her attention back in 1946, when she hired him to sing on weekends for room and board.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 110]

    “Like all pop stars who earn their living performing live,” writes Reynolds elsewhere, “Eddie was surrounded by a group of men, most of them his age. Milton Blackstone, lawyers, accountants, press agents; the boys, including [boyhood Jewish friends] Joey Forman and Bernie Rich; and of course the inevitable Max Jacobson, to whom I was soon referring as Dr. Needles … In New York Dr. Needles seemed to be around almost as much as the boys. The pockets of his dirty, rumpled old dark suit were always bulging with little vials and needles. Everyone in the group, it seemed, was adminstered to by Dr. Needles … Thirty years ago few if any people knew that amphetamines were additictive and dangerous. Nor did anyone question why a twenty-six-year-old man needed a shot every time he went onstage … [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 111] … Shortly after Eddie and I were married, he and Milton Blackstone signed a deal with RKO to make his first picture. I was loaned out by MGM to co-star.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 132]

    With Jewish actress Shelly Winters (in “What’s the Matter with Helen?”), says Reynolds, “We had some of the biggest battles of my life.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 277) “I swore that I’d never talk to her again. But I didn’t keep that promise for long. What’s the Matter with Helen? opened to good reviews. Shelley said to me, ‘The only reason you received any notices at all was because I drove you so crazy that you became good.’ ‘You drove me so crazy I almost died,’ I said. ‘You’re neurotic.’ ‘You have to be neurotic, Debbie, to make a part work for you,’ she instructed me.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 279]

    Reynolds eventually divorced Eddie Fisher, when he ran off with Elizabeth Taylor. Her second husband was Harry Karl, also Jewish, heir to a national shoe store chain, and 18 years older than her. “Harry Karl had a reputation, ” says Reynolds, “A shrewd businessman, shoe manufacturer, multimillionaire, he was probably the most free-wheeling, high-spending habitue of Hollywood’s cafe society … He had a natural appetite for the good life. He had been married three times. He was well known, even famous, for his two tempestuous marriages to Marie McDonald, a singer/actress who was known in the press as ‘The Body.’ He also divorced her twice … Harry was also famous for his generous charitable contributions.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 172]

    Reynold first met Karl when she contacted him to donate money to a children’s charity. He gave her $5,000 and asked for a date. [ REYNOLDS, D., p. 172] Karl began “daily phone calls” and flowers to get Reynolds to go out on a date with him. [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 173) On his first date with Reynolds, he tried to give her a “gorgeous diamond clip” from his “gold cigarette case.” [REYNOLDS, p. 173] “It was that night [first date], or not long after, that Harry first asked me to marry him … My ‘no’ didn’t deter Harry. Nor was he discouraged by the fact that I woldn’t even make another date with him. He’d call anyway. And send flowers of course — bowers of flowers. Sometimes he’d send toys to Carrie and Todd [Reynold’s children by Eddie Fisher]. That impressed me, considered their own father never even called.” [REYNOLDS, D., p. 174]

    Reynolds continues: “In early September, a Thursday, just before Labor Day weekened, Harry called and again asked me to marry him. He had to have an answer right away. I thought, this is silly, the man’s crazy. I’d never even gone out with him — except for cocktails. I said no. I hardly knew him. He hardly knew me. Three days later, on Sunday, I picked up the Los Angeles Herald and read that ‘Joan Cohn, the beautiful widow of movie mogul Harry Cohn,’ had married ‘Harry Karl, Hollywood’s most philanthropic millionaire.’ Harry Karl MARRIED to Joan Cohn?! The man who for the previous three months had been asking me to marry him? I didn’t know what to think. Obviously it was not a joke, although it seemed like one. I knew Joan, not well, but socially. She had started out in Hollywood as an aspiring actress who was signed to a contract with Columbia [Cohn’s studio].” REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 174] … Three weeks later Harry called me up. I answered the phone. He told me that he and Joan had broken up … The marriage lasted a total of twenty-one days, and for her trouble, the fourth Mrs. Karl received $100,000 as a goodbye kiss.” [REYNOLDS, 1988, p. 174]

    “Weeks went by and Harry kept on calling but I wouldn’t go to the phone. Then one day I got a call from a friend of his, a very powerful lawyer named Sidney Korshak [Note: Korshak is well documented to have been an important player in the Hollywood criminal underworld, sometimes called “The Godfather of Hollywood.”] ‘Won’t you please take a call from Harry, Debbie? It’s eating him up inside’ … Just before Christmas Sidney Korshak called again, asking me ‘this one last time,’ if I’d see Harry Karl. I didn’t want to see Harry Karl. I didn’t care why he ran off and married Joan Cohn one weekend. But finally I said yes because I knew if I didn’t, Sidney, or somebody else, would continue calling me. Harry showed up the following afternoon in his chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce with flowers for me and toys for Todd and Carrie [Reynold’s children by Eddie Fisher].” [REYNOLDS, D., p. 178]

    Karl continued to show special interest in Reynold’s children, and he eventually moved into the same house with the Reynolds family, and finally married her. Reynolds notes her evaluation of the prospective marriage to Karl:

    “He had many things going for him. He was a lawyer. He was sensitive and generous and yet not pushy. He was a very rich man, which is impressive to anybody. He advised me well in my business. And I was eighteen years younger, perfect figure, a movie star with two beautiful children. I would get ‘security,’ and he would get the cover of Photoplay.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 183)

    Hearing about Reynold’s impending marriage to Karl, Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper published, in Modern Screen magazine, a warning: “A Letter to Debbie: Please Don’t Make Another Mistake — Harry Karl Has Already Made Four.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 183) “I would have overlooked Hedda’s public letter,” says Reynolds, “if she had not make a statement to a mutual acquaintance that not only was Harry “old and unattractive, but he was Jewish.’ That really made me angry.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 184]

    Reynolds went to Hopper’s office to complain:

    “I didn’t warn her I was coming. I had no appointment. I just walked in and told her assistant I wanted to see her. Hedda knew exactly why I was there … ‘The trouble with you, Hedda,’ [said Reynolds] ‘is that you’re anti-Semitic and you hate it that you’re not a movie star!’ … Hedda stopped in her tracks. She turned to face me, eyebrows raised, looking down her nose. ‘And I am NOT anti-Semitic. Many of my friends are Jewish!'” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 185]

    Reynolds notes another man of note in her Jewish circles:

    “A couple of years before I married Harry, I had met the French Baron Edmond de Rothschild at an Israel-bond rally. A charming man, very continental and effusive, he had graciously invited me to ‘let him know’ the next time I was going to be in Paris’ [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 202] … Evidently there already was a baroness but she was pretty much out of the picture. Baron Edmond then told me how the mother-to-be [of his child] was this beautiful young girl he had first seen one day when he was riding hin his car and she was crossing the street. He followed her and courted and wooed her, but couldn’t marry because he already had a wife — always a good reason. (As a matter of fact, he was soon divorced and shortly thereafter took a new wife).” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 203]

    Eventually Reynolds learned that her husband, Karl, had been betraying, and exploiting, her for years on every possible level, with Karl friend and financial advisor Irving Briskin (also Jewish): :

    “Anything I earned automatically went to Irving Briskin, who managed it with Harry. That was our deal: he’d ‘take care of the downtown,’ and I’d ‘take care of the uptown.” [REYNOLDS, D., p. 195] At age 35, and shortly after attending a reception at the White House with President Lyndon Johnson, Reynolds was visited at her home by an FBI agent. [REYNOLDS, D., p. 251-254] Herein her world begins to unravel. She soon discovered that her husband, Harry Karl, worth an estimated $21 million when she first met him, had lost it all gambling and, worse, unbeknownst to her, had also lost her fortune on his gambling habits, driving her to the brink of bankruptcy.

    “[Actor] Rod Taylor told me he was looking for a business manager and I recommended Irving Briskin to him,” writes Reynolds, “He went to see him. After the meeting, the same day, Rod called me on the phone and said, ‘Debbie, that guy is a jerk! He wants twenty-five percent!’ ‘Twenty-five percent for what?’ I dumbly asked. ‘Twenty-five percent of your income for managing it! That’s outrageous!’ That was the first time I’d heard of the 25 percent. I told Harry about Rod’s meeting. ‘Is that true?’ I asked. ‘ Because if it is, it’s ridiculous.’ ‘Well, that’s what he gets, Debbie. He’s a business manager and producer.’ ‘Producer of what? I haven’t made a picture that he’s been involved with in years’ … [REYNOLDs, D., 1988, p. 262] … When Irving Briskin settled with me a few months later, I got $300,000 in government bonds. In the 1960s, I had given him and Harry every cent I had made — nearly $10 million … I did spend some of the money at times — buying antiques or paintings or gifts. I didn’t mind hsaring what I had with Harry because he was my husband. But only $300,000 of $10 million?! All those little pieces of paper I’d found were not money that Irving had made off the books. It was my money that I’d earned and paid the taxes on. I felt raided and raped. To this day it still shocks me. It’s not a unique Hollywood story. Doris Day’s husband and business manager robbed her of millions and she never knew until her husband died. How can a husband do such a thing to his own wife?” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 262, 263]

    “At that point in our marriage, almost everything that could go wrong had gone wrong. Harry’s gambling had created problems far beyond anything I’d ever dreamed. He was now losing large sums of money to the kind of people who don’t send a collection agency around when you’re overdue.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 264]

    Crook Karl finally asks Reynolds for her last $300,000 (from the settlement with Irving Briskin) “to be supposedly “used as collateral against a loan [Karl] needed for the business.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 264] A short while later, Reynolds needed some of the $300,000 back: “I called Harry and asked him for some money from what I’d loaned him. He said he didn’t have it because it was ‘still collateral’ against his loan at the bank. I was so angry I called to find out if the bonds were still there. They were not. They weren’t collateral. They never had been. They had been PLEDGED against the loan, and later called.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 267]

    Reynolds contacted famous clairvoyant Jeane Dixon for help [REYOLDS, D., p. 269-271] and, following up her suggestions, found out that her husband Harry Karl had been having affairs with other women during the entire course of their relationship. “No, Debbie,” a friend of Karls named Gregory explained to her, “Just [sexual] releases. Many women. Not even affairs.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 270]

    Reynold evaluated the situation: “So, Debbie … I was thinking to myself, Harry wanted it and bought it. Perfect wife, two children, three beautiful homes, a wife who never made less than half a million a year and usually a million and a half — which she gave to him; and he had his ladies on the side. What a perfect system, I thought. It made me sick.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 271]

    From this conversation with Karl’s pal, she learned much more: “Gregory talked while he ate. He told me that Harry owed him $1.7 million. He had borrowed more than his half share in the business from Gregory. He told me about their trips to Las Vegas together when Harry lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes in a night. I certainly did not understand the magnitude. I did not understand that my husband, who had $21 million when I married him, had blown almost all of it and almost all of mine. The enormity would take some time to comprehend. It was mostly the women I wanted to know about. The girls, young girls, the manicurists, everybody there for one reason only — to perform one act.” [REYNOLDS, D., p. 271]

    “Todd [Reynolds’ son by Eddie Fisher] found out when I went to New York to do “Irene.” Then Harry would bring women right into the house. Not just the masseuses and the pedicurists anymore. Young girls, not much older than Carrie and Tina [a daughter of Karl’s by another marriage], including, as Tina learned years later, a friend of hers. Todd, who was then only fourteen, was shocked that Harry was so open about it. He was also concerned about keeping it from me.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 357]

    As her economic demise neared, Reynolds notes the gloomy situation with her second Jewish husband:

    “By 1970-71 Harry Karl was dead broke. It didn’t look like he was broke, with his three hundred shoe stores, the factory in Spain, the three fully staffed houses, the shirts flying to New York, the Rollses, and the wife working the theatres across the nation. Who would think Harry Karl was broke? Even I had a hard time believing it. Where did twenty-one million dollars go? Where you throw it, that’s where. I think it finally hit home, once and for all, the night I went into the wall safe in his den to get out my emeralds. Every piece of jewelry I kept there, including my diamond cross, was missing. Hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewels and Harry had hocked it all … Since he still had the [shoe] business, and since many times over the years he had received offers to sell it, obviously the time had now come. Hartfield-Zodys, the department store chain, and its chairman, a very nice man named Abe Marks, made the offer. It came to about five million in cash and stock. Part of the deal was that Debbie Reynolds would do television commercials for Zodys. For nothing … Everybody thought [Harry Karl] was richer because he sold for millions. But it wasn’t his money anymore.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 290-291]

    Reynolds’ divorce settlement with Karl was especially jarring to her:

    “Everything, they [Karl and his lawyer] said, should be split down the middle. That included Harry’s debts; to the State Street Bank of Boston alone, this was more than a million dollars. There were millions in other debts, including the $1.7 to Gregory Peterss. He owed suppliers, manufacturers, individuals, and if we didn’t file joint bankruptcy, half the debt was mine … Harry also wanted ONE HALF of my earnings from Irene [Reynolds’ most recent film], as well as the 10 percent agent’s fee on my other earnings, plus a settlement of $25,000 a year for five years. Either that, or he would be my agent and I would pay him 10 percent of all my future earnings. I was already paying $10,000 a week toward my half of “our” debts, those millions that Harry borrowed to cover his gambling losses … His friends would never believe any of this. Such a nice guy, Harry. Always tipped a hundred-dollar bill. Even when he was broke, he’d tip ten, twenty, fifty dollars. He just borrowed from friends and hocked his jewels … I was very calm. I never yelled. My share was almost two million dollars in DEBTS … Suddenly for the first time since I was sixteen years old, I didn’t even have a car. Or a home. Bob Fallon found me a 1968 Chevy for $1,500 to replace the Rolls.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 314-315]

    Upon losing her home, Reynolds managed to rent a house in a lower-scale area of Beverly Hills. While moving her possessions into this building, she was robbed at gunpoint by two African-Americans. [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 324-326]

    Particularly damning was the treatment she received from a Jews-only country club, once she wasn’t married to a Jew anymore:

    “When we made our divorce settlement I never demanded he sell his membership in Hillcrest [the Jews-only country club], which was worth about $50,000, to help pay off the debts, because it provided him with the company of his old friends. But for me, it seemed like one last straw. One day Todd, Carrie, [her children] and I wre driving home from Santa Monica. We were coming up Motor Avenue toward Pico and Twentieth Century-Fox Studios when the Chevy broke down. We also happened to be across the street from Hillcrest. I walked over to the club to phone for a repair truck. When I saw the doorman, I told him why I was there. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said very cooly. ‘We cannot allow you since you are not a member.’ ‘But I just want to use the phone. My car broke down.’ ‘I’m sorry, Mr. Karl’s inside,’ he stated officiously. I could feel myself stiffen, outraged. Another slap; here we go again. ‘I don’t want to say hello to Mr. Karl.’ I tried to sound reasonable. ‘I just want to use your phone booth.’ ‘I’m sorry, but Mr. Karl …’ … The man wouldn’t let me in. For sixteen years that man couldn’t bow and scrape low enough when I walked by … Now I wasn’t even allowed to use the phone! I started to cry. I couldn’t help myself.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 332-333]

    Towards the end of Reynolds’ autobiography she notes the following: “Carrie [Carrie Fisher, Reynold’s daughter by Eddie Fisher, and co-star in Star Wars] got married that same year to Paul Simon. They had known each other for years, so it didn’t surprise me when Paul very nicely — out of respect for my sense of tradition — asked me for her hand in marriage. I was pleased. I knew they loved each other and wanted to be together … The amazing coincidence was that Carrie was marrying a good Jewish boy who was also one of the most popular recording stars in America didn’t escape my notice.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 356]

    (Note: Underscoring the commonality of ruthlessness in Hollywood, Reynolds recounts also in her autobiography the story of the rip-off of dying actress Agnes Moorehead. The name and ethnicity of the villain at-hand is not stated: “Agnes’ lawyer was a man I find hard even to think about, whom she’d met about a year before. When it came time for the reading of the will [Agnes Moorehead died of cancer], he informed me that Agnes had left him everything. ‘I don’t believe that,’ I said to him over the phone. ‘I’ll send you a copy,’ he replied. And so he did. There was, indeed, a new will, changing the earlier one, with Agnes’ signature on the last page. The first and last pages read the same. I was still the executor. The middle pages were all different. Her mother was left the furniture in the house. Elizabeth Montgomery was left a piece of jewelry. In the original will, she had left me a sapphire ring, which, she’d often told me, she wanted me to have. That wasn’t in the new will. The lawyer got everything — the house, the stocks, the residuals. I learned from talking to Mrs. Moorehead [Agnes’ ninety-year old mother] that he had been at the hospital frequently right up to the end of her life.”) [REYNOLDS, D., p. 310-311]

    Reynolds’ first husband, as noted earlier, dumped her and their two kids to move in with court superstar actress Elizabeth Taylor — eventually Fisher became Taylor’s fourth husband. Taylor converted to Judaism during this marriage, in 1959. (Her Hebrew name was Elisheba Rachel). Although she was never known by her husband to have attended a Jewish religious service, she promised to invest $100,000 in Israel Bonds. [HEYMANN, C.D., 1995, p. 195] Taylor’s prior husband, Mike Todd, was a Hollywood film producer and was also Jewish. He, in turn, was formerly married to actress Joan Blondell. Todd’s other “conquests,” says C. David Heymann, “included Marlene Dietrich, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Marilyn Monroe … Lawsuits, civil litigations, and bankruptcy court peppered Todd’s career. The consummate con man, he survived (even thrived) by skirting the edge … [HEYMANN, C.D., p. 151]  … Unbeknownst to Elizabeth, Todd made an entire set of tape recordings of their lovemaking sessions and frequently presented the tapes as mementos to friends and business associates … [HEYMANN, C.D., p. 153]

    Debbie Reynolds has this to say about the Todd-Taylor relationship [note: When Mike Todd was killed in a plane crash, Eddie Fisher dumped Reynolds and their two children and moved in with Taylor]:

    “Eddie [Fisher] emulated Mike [Todd, a prominent Jewish film producer]. He wanted to be Mike Todd. He wanted to be the man IN CHARGE. The more time they spent together, the more Eddie began to take on his ways … [ REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 136] … The four of us would often go out together. One night not long after they’d started seeing each other, Eddie and I had them over to dinner. Mike was the kind of guy who would say anything — and I mean ANYTHING. It wasn’t unlike him to look across the dinner table and say to Elizabeth, ‘I’d like to fuck you as soon as I finish this.'” [REYNOLDS, 1988, p. 137]

    “The ceremony [marriage between Todd and Taylor] was to be private. Eddie was to be best man and I, matron of honor. While Mike was kept busy all day making last-minute preparations, we sat by the swimming pool with Elizabeth, who was drinking champagne. Mike had wanted a rabbi to marry them but by midafternoon he had not succeeded in finding one, so he settled for the mayor of Acapulco to officiate at a civil service.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 142)

    “Being in the company of Mike Todd turned out to be an education for Jeannette [Reynold’s childhood friend]. She learned something about accepting people for the way they are and not letting it bother her. Mike could always put anyone to the test. A group of us were sitting down by the pool one afteroon with Elizabeth and Mike. She was almost into her seventh month [of pregnancy] then, and pouring out of her two-piece bathing suit. Mike, eight-inch Havana cigar in his mouth, had been entertaining us; suddenly he got up, walked oer to Elizabeth, put his hand into her bathing suit, and started fondling her breast. Jeanette and I left. Eddie stayed for a while. He finally came up the terrace. He enjoyed watching it all. It was what he wanted that he didn’t have with me.” [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 146]

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  • Taylor’s uncle Howard, says C. David Heymann, “couldn’t understand why Elizabeth would become involved with so many Jewish men.” [HEYMANN, C.D. p. 195] These also included, during her marriage with Eddie Fisher, and “on-again off-again romance with another man” — Max Lerner, a professor at Brandeis University who was decades older than her. Patricia Seaton, the widow of Peter Lawford, recalls that “I knew Max when he would hang out at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles. He had his own room there and would lure the young Playboy bunnies into his web by promising to read poetry to them. He pulled the same routine on me, and to my amazement it worked.” [HEYMANN, C.D., p. 228]
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  • The Jewish presence in Elizabeth Taylor’s life, like so many in the Hollywood world in the rise to stardom, was important. “Taylor’s emergence as a child star … was largely the result of one man’s intention.”  [HEYMANN, 1995, p. 36-37] This man was Samuel Marx, a producer at MGM, also Jewish. The director of the film that catapulted her to fame, National Velvet, was also Jewish: Fred Zinnemann. Taylor’s agent in her glory years was Jules Goldstone. Her partner in the Elizabeth Taylor Theatre Company was also Jewish, Zev Bufman.
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  • Marlon Brando? Agent: Jay Kantor. When the future movie star moved to New York to begin an acting career, he began taking courses at the Jewish-dominated New York School for Social Research and was subsumed by a Jewish environment. “I was largely raised by these Jews,” he says, “I lived in a world of Jews. They were my teachers; they were my employers. They were my friends … As well as [Jewish] academics and scholars from Eastern Europe, Jewish girls, most of whom were more educated, sophisticated and experienced in the ways of the world than I was, were my teachers in those early days in New York.” [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 72, 74] Brando’s profoundly influential “method acting” acting teacher was Jewish, Stella Adler, who he credits with having enormous influence in his personal life; he even had a “relationship … off an on, for many years” with Adler’s daughter Ellen. [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 98-99] Adler also secured Brando his first important part in a play. [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 101]
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  • Early in his career, Brando also took an important role in a play called A Flag Is Born, written by avid Zionist Ben Hecht and directed by Stella Adler’s brother, Luther: both Jewish. As Brando notes, “it was essentially a piece of political propaganda advocating the creation of the state of Israel … Everyone in A Flag Is Born was Jewish except me … I did not know then that Jewish terrorists were indiscriminately killing Arabs and making refugees out of them in order to take their land … The play, as well as my friendship with the Adlers, helped make me a zealous advocate for Israel and later a kind of traveling salesman for it.” Brando was then further exploited by his Jewish cohorts; he began giving propaganda speeches for a Zionist organization, The American League for a Free Palestine. Influenced by Hitler’s mass murder of Jews and the world view of the many Jews around him, Brando even contributed money himself to the Zionist Irgun organization, a terrorist group. Noting his avidly pro-Israel political activities, the movie star wrote to his parents, saying, “I’m really stimulated more than I’ve ever been.” [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 107-111]
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  • Eventually Brando learned more about Zionism and his politics changed. “Now,” he said in 1994, “I understand much more about the complexity of the situation than I did then …  [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 111] … I sided with Jewish terrorists without acknowledging that they were killing innocent Palestinians in their effort to create the state of Israel … [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 231] … One of the strangest government policies is that largely because of the political influence of Jewish interests, our country has invested billions of dollars and many American lives to help Israel reclaim land that they say their ancestors occupied three thousand years ago.” [BRANDO/LINDSEY, 1994, p. 388]
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  • This kind of devotion by non-Jews in the entertainment world to Jewish causes was echoed by silent screen star Mary Pickford, who was catapulted to fame by Jewish mogul Adolph Zukor. Originally, Pickford held contempt for a number of the Jews she knew and was highly critical of them. “Behind his back,” says Eileen Whitfield,
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  • “Pickford called Goldwyn ‘Shylock.’ And to [her husband Douglas]
  • Fairbanks, whose grandfather had been Jewish, Mary sometimes said,
  • ‘That’s the Jew in you.’ But she topped these comments in the presence
  • of actress Carol Myers, to whom she explained that the Jews had invited
  • Hitler’s persecution. Forgetting that Myers was a rabbi’s daughter…,
  • Pickford chirped that avaricious Jews had snapped up German property
  •     at bargain prices after World War I. She added that a syndicate of Jews
  • would repeat the conspiracy after World War II.” [WHITFIELD, E.,
  • 1997, p. 333]
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  • Later, however, leaning on her universalistic Christian religious values, and   troubled by increased reports of Nazi attacks against Jews, Pickford repented. Henceforth, “for years she tried to compensate [for her earlier feelings] by giving till it hurt to Jewish causes. Her greatest triumph was the Mary Pickford Building at L.A.’s Jewish Home for the Aged, to which she became a devoted patron.” [WHITFIELD, E., 1997, p. 333] (Another example of such well-meaning non-Jewish Hollywood support for Jewish causes is the case of Jon Voigt and his activism for the Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch movement. As Howard Jacobson notes about the actor: “Jon Voigt would seem to have a special relationship with Chabad Lubavitch. He speaks of ‘whirlwinds of knowledge’ … ‘I’m a firm believer,’ Jon Voigt goes on, ‘in this source of energy that keeps the just justly.'” [JACOBSON, H., 1995, p. 100] One presumes that, like so many, the well-meaning non-Jewish Voigt has not done his homework about the racist teachings of this Orthodox organization. Click these three links for earlier discussions about Chabad: First, Second,  (Meanwhile, people like former NBC producer Molly Resnick, raised in Israel, has returned to her Jewish roots via alleigiance to Chabad. She eventually beame a “proud Jew, instead of the kind of Jew who wanted to be a WASP,” and founded Mothers Against Teaching Children to Kill and Hate, an organization against the content of Palestinian school textbooks). [ESKENAZI, J., 5-11-01]
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  • Comedian John Belushi’s Hollywood world included the usual swirl of Jewish lawyers, agents, and film and TV people: Lorne Michaels, head of Saturday Night Live; Belushi’s personal manager Bernie Brillstein, his assistant Joel Briskin; movie producer Robert Weiss; “physician and psychiatrist” Bennett Braun, musician and cocaine supplier Richard Gerstein, [WOODWARD, p. 344] filmmaker and drug addict Gary Weis, among others. The public relations firm of Solters, Roskin and Friedman was hired, “as with many of their clients, … to keep [Belushi’s] name out of the news, not in it.”  [WOODWARD, 1984, p. 377] Belushi degenerated into a hopeless drug addict and developed a reputation for unreliability, eventually dying of a heroin overdose.

    A similar tragic character is Brad Davis, a non-Jewish actor who made his name with a starring role in Midnight Express (a film about a man imprisoned in a Turkish prison for having 2.2 kilos of hashish). His Jewish wife, Susan Bluestein Davis wrote his biography after he died of AIDs (Davis had been both a drug addict and, when he first made the New York actor scene, a male prositute). Robert Rosenberg was “a producer who would come to be Brad’s closest friend during the last ten years of his life.” [DAVIS, S., 1997, p. 6-7] Ms. Davis starked out working in New York for Stark Hesseltine, “one of the more prominent Broadway agents whose clients had included Robert Redford and Warren Beatty.” [DAVIS, S., 1997, p. 5] (Hesseltine, like Davis, also died of AIDS) Her friends, she says, “all thought I was nuts to spend time with this hick from Florida who was so different from me, who wasn’t educated, who had no money, who couldn’t even speak correctly, who wasn’t even Jewish.” [DAVIS, S., 1997, p. 29]

    Part of the New York actor scene was K. C. Schulberg: “K.C. was the nephew of screenwriter Budd Schulberg. He was also the stage manager of Joe Papp’s Public Theatre, New York’s leading non-profit theatre, and was very plugged into the local scene … the best [parties] … were held at K.C. Schulberg’s apartment over on Twelfth Street.” [DAVIS, S., 1997, p. 31] [Schulberg and Papp were both Jewish] In this world was also Sam Cohn, “the legendary agent whose client list eventually included Meryl Streep and Mike Nichols.” [p. 23]

    “For most of 1976 after Brad left for Los Angeles,” says Ms. Davis, “I continued working for Stark, still living in the apartment now with an old friend, Erica Eigenberg, as my roommate, but my relationship with Brad consisted of phone calls.” [DAVIS, S., 1997, p. 40] Susan Bluestein Davis eventually moves to Los Angeles from New York, to follow Brad as he acting career unfolds. “I made a few calls to the bigger agencies, but it was Mary Goldberg, head of the casting department at the Public Theatre, who eventually put me on to Bob Gersh, the twenty-six year old head of the Gersh Agency, a small but respected agency in Beverly Hills. Bob and his older brother, David, had joined their father, Phil Gersh, who had been Humphrey Bogart’s agent … Gersh … would eventually become one of Hollywood’s minimajors.” [p. 51] For her husband’s part, “Brad was represented by a new, aggressive young agent named David Eidenberg, a former stage manager at Joe Papp’s Public Theatre in New York.” [p. 41]

    Soon Ms. Davis’ career as an agent really got rolling in Hollywood. She eventually even started a new job as head of “the casting development of TriStar’s new television division … Scott Siegler, president of the studio’s new TV division, and Phyllis Glick, head of creative affairs, really wanted me.” [DAVIS, S., 1997, p. 193]

    Brad Davis’ next film after Midnight Express was A Small Circle of Friends, written by Rob Cohen and John Badham. “If Midnight Express had been [in real life] about Brad’s bonding with Europeans over drinks,” says Ms. Davis, “Small Circle was about nothing but cocaine.” [p. 90] As her actor husband becomes weakend by the AIDS virus, he was reduced to a very brief cameo appearance in his last movie. These were Brad Davis’ last lines in the motion picture world, to conclude his career, which were eventually cut out of the film. As his wife tells it:

    “His big scene never makes the final cut. Too bad, because I thought it was hilarious. Brad comes into the restaurant and tells the maitre d’ he is meeting Lisa Shapiro. ‘Shapiro? I don’t have any Shapiro.’ ‘Oh, wait a minute,’ Brad says. ‘Maybe it’s ‘Sha-pie-ro.’ ‘Oh, yes, right this way, Mr. Davis.'” [DAVIS, S., 1997, p. 268]

  • TV talk show host Jay Leno? His manager is Helen Kushnik, later the Executive Producer of Leno’s TV show. She and her husband Jerrold Kushnik (a Hollywood lawyer) have been members of Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills. Leno’s lawyer? Ron Berg. [CARTER, B., 1994, p. 79, 104-106, 62]
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  • Tough-guy John Wayne started out in Hollywood at Harry Cohn’s Columbia Studios, moved to Nat Levine’s Mascot Pictures, and then was under contract to Sidney Rogell and Leon Schlesinger. [ROBERTS/OLSON, 1995, p. 99, 102, 112] Likewise, Gene Autry got his start at Levine’s film company. [TUSKA, J., 1982, p. 156] Director Orson Welles? “A curious member of Welles’ entourage,” says Barbara Leaming, “[was] his mentor and surrogate father, Dr. Maurice ‘Dadda’ Bernstein.” [LEAMING, B., 1989, p. 92] “Bernstein, “notes Charles Higham, Welles’ biographer, “was greedy and unscrupulous; he used, married, and discarded Mina Elman, sister of the violin virtuoso Mischa Elman, and later equally misused the Chicago opera star Edith Mason, drawing her into a menage a trois with her former husband. Later Dr. Bernstein tried to milk Welles of every possible cent when Welles achieved fame.” The index in Higham’s volume lists ten pages under the heading: “Bernstein– money grubbing antics of.” Bernstein also had an affair with Welles’ mother. [HIGHAM, C., 1985, p. 6, 350, 38-39] Welle’s first acting role was as a “brutally anti-Semitic, bullying nobleman” in the Irish play Jew Suss. [HIGHAM, C., 1985, p. 57]

    Jackie Gleason’s Jewish circle? His agents were “superagent” Sam Cohn [HENRY, W., 1992, p. 10, 66] and Herb Siegel [p. 225] Meeting CBS chief Joseph Cates in 1952, his “agents and managers” included “Herb Rosenthal and Herb’s assistant Jerry Katz.” The writers for his smash 1950s TV series The Honeymooners were Marvin Marx (“Gleason’s leading writer for a couple of decades”),Walter Stone, Leonard Stern, and Sid Zelinka. [p. 169] Coleman Jacoby was the “creator of most of the characters Gleason played for two decades of network television.” [p. 10]

    Of particular note too was a “tall, fat, big-nosed, craggy-faced, homely Jewish man called Toots Shor … [p. 67] For at least a decade and a half, from the early forties through the late fifties, [Gleason] was to center his life on a ceaseless effort to tease, amuse, trick, top and otherwise entertain Toots Shor. He spent more cumulative time with Toots than any of his wives or mistresses.” [p. 68] As Gleason’s biographer William Henry III notes about Shor:

    “No social history of Manhattan would be complete without mention of Shor,
    the barkeep-turned-celebrity who was described by The New Yorker in a
    November 1950 profile (adulatory at such lenght that it ran in three installments)
    as ‘the burly, impudent, hard-working, high-spirited, sentimental proprieter of the       restaurant at 51 West 51st Street that bears his name’ … Shor’s was not for the
    literati, the left-leaning or, naturally, the ill-to-do. It was not for the cafe of society
    of tuxedoed gentlemen and gilded debutantes. Rather, Shor’s was for saloon
    society, the self-confident men of attainment in sports and journalism and       entertainment, plus their hangers-on, admirers, and gawkers … Toot’s was a
    world of celebrities, commingling with all sorts of people whose common bond
    was being famous … Just as being ‘mentioned in [Jewish columnist Walter] Winchell’       was a vital hallmark of this status, so was being moved to the front of the inevitable       waiting line at Shor’s … Just as important to Shor’s reputation were the newspaper       columnists, most of them locally based but many of them nationally syndicated …       These journalistic power brokers worked the tables at Shor’s to get glittering celebrity       items for their columns, often accumulating a whole day’s worth of material in the       course of lunch. The celebrities, in turn, worked the tables at Shor’s to promote
    their careers … Toots was regarded as a crude but accurate barometer of how
    one’s career ws going … The warmer his greeting, the faster one was rising; the
    more perfunctory the handshake, the quicker one’s impending fall.” [HENRY,
    , 1992, p. 68]

    Danny Thomas, the Arab/Lebanese-born comedian famous for the long-running TV series Make Room for Daddy, was — like most — inundated by Jewish Hollywood. He started his career at Harry Eagle’s nightclub in Chicago. His first agent was Leo Salkin, who passed him up to super-agent Abe Lastfogel (Thomas called him “Uncle Abe” all his life), [THOMAS, D., 1991, p. 111] the head of the William Morris Agency. Thomas describes his first performance for Lastfogel:

    “When I finished, I joined the William Morris group at their table. Mr. Lastfogel
    was deep in thought. Everybody was waiting for him to speak. Finally, his
    wife, Frances, broke the ice. She said, ‘You’ve sure got a lot of talent for a
    Lebanese from Toledo. Are you sure you’re not a Jew from New York?”
    Everyone laughed.” [THOMAS, D., 1991, p. 110]

    Thomas (who was often mistaken for being Jewish) notes his first stand-up comedy gig in Chicago:

    “Sensing the makeup of the audience, I told a lot of my Yiddish stories, starting
    with my classics about Mrs. Feldman. I didn’t know it at the time, but in the
    audience there was a wealthy diamond appraiser, Max Finkelman, who was
    staying at the nearby Edgewater Beach Hotel and had stopped by with his wife
    for a cold beer on that warm night. This man became my biggest booster. There
    were two big Jewish private clubs in Chicago, the Covenant and the Standard.
    The diamond appraiser spread the word around these two clubs, and people
    soon came flocking to see ‘this great neew Yiddish comic.'” I never said I was
    or wasn’t Jewish.” [THOMAS, D., 1991, p. 86-87]

    Jewish comedian Fanny Brice gave him his first radio break. Three prominent Jewish movie moguls (Louis Mayer, Harry Cohn, and Jack Warner) offered him a future in the movies if he had his large nose changed with plastic surgery. [p. 153-157] He declined each time, but MGM’s first film offer cast him as a Jewish cantor. [p. 155] At Warner Brothers, his first movie role was to star in a screen biography of Jewish songwriter Gus Kahn (producer: Lou Edelman). [p. 158] He next starred in a remake of the classic Jewish-themed movie The Jazz Singer. [p. 159] Thomas is known for building the St. Jude Catholic hospital. The only people Thomas mentions in his biography on the St. Jude Foundation of California were Lastfogel as president, fellow-Jew Morris Stoller (another executive at William Morris) as treasurer, and Democratic Party activist Paul Ziffen (also Jewish) “the attorney who got us our tax exemption.” [p. 171] The script writer who wrote the pilot for Make Room for Daddy was Mel Shavelson. [p. 186] Other writers for the series included Danny Simon, Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Frank Tarloff, and Mac Benoff. [p. 210-211] The director was first Bill Asher, and later Sheldon Leonard, who became Thomas’s co-partner on many future projects. These projects included successful TV series like the Dick Van Dyke Show, The Real McCoys, The Andy Griffith Show, and others. “The man who deserves most of the credit,” writes Thomas, “for running the Empire (we frequently had three shows in the Top Ten) was the indefatigable Sheldon Leonard.” [THOMAS, D., p. 218]

    Moving along in the show busines world, there is Joseph E. Levine. “I built a helluva lot of people — made them stars,” he declared,

    “Sophia Loren — I won her the Academy Award for Two Women, promoted
    the shit out of her within the industry, and she didn’t even mention me in her
    book. And don’t forget [Jewish actor] Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. I made
    a helluva lot of directors too. I hired [Jewish director] Mike Nichols the first
    one — won him an Oscar for best director, The Graduate. I hired [Jewish director]
    Mel Brooks the first one — on The Producers. Yeah, it was his first picture.”
    ARONSON, S., 1983, p. 194]

    Among actress Gloria Swanson’s marriages was one to Herbert Somborn, a Jewish film executive. [GABLER, N., 1988, p. 279]  After Dezi Arnaz, Lucille Ball married Gary Morton (born Morton Goldaper) in 1961, a comic and film producer. Husband of the famous redhead for the rest of her life, Morton became head of Lucille Ball Productions. [AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 4-1-99, p. B3] Late in her life, actress Rita Hayworth developed Alzheimer’s disease. Yet “even at this point there was a man in Rita’s life, Kim Novak’s former beau, Mac Krim, who regularly squired her about town and to certain of her public appearances.” [LEAMING, B., 1989, p. 356] In once-prominent Hollywood actress June Allyson’s autobiography, she dedicates the book to her husband, two children, and her manager Jerry Cohn. [ALYSON, J., 1982, DEDICATION PAGE] (Allyson, who was once thinking about giving up her Hollywood ambitions, credits MGM producer Joe Pasternak with launching/saving her movie career, interceding with MGM head Louis B. Mayer on her behalf). [ALLYSON, J., 1982, p. 36].

    Even “top supermodel” Cindy Crawford has a Jewish husband. When she was honored with an award by a women’s division of Yehisva University, a number of rabbis began complaining that, “as a gentile married to a Jew, Ms. Crawford sends an inappropriate message to a Jewish community that is beleaguered by intermarriage.” [FORWARD, 5-5-2000, p. 1]

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  • The incestuous Jewish world of power in Hollywood may also be noted in the Jewish team of Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, who have been influential in a variety of Hollywood projects since the late 1960s. Schneider got his start in his father’s Screen Gems company, the television wing of Columbia pictures, rising to become treasurer of the company. The two men later formed a firm called BBS which was influential in the creation a number of hit “counterculture” films like the aforementioned Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces, among others. Independent filmmaker Jim McBride noted that at BBS, “the truth is, they were very schizophrenic. We used to call them ‘the Hollywood Sperm,’ because they were all children of successful Hollywood people. They had beards, but in other ways, they didn’t seem at all that different.” [BISKIND, p. 77]  Another who knew them, Harry Gittes (also Jewish), noted that the BBS “people were the meanest people I ever met in my life, brutal, inhumane inflicted. Respect and loyalty, that was the way BBS They had a gangster mentality. This was the Jewish, Bugsy Siegel-type of hipness … These were the coldest, toughest Jews I’d ever met in my life to another Jew!” [BISKIND, p. 117]
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  • Famed television talk show host Larry (Zeiger) King’s first “benefactor” was Lou Wolfson, “a great philanthropist in the Jewish community” who once “controlled a $400 million industrial empire and was known as ‘the great raider’ because of his penchant for taking over corporations.” [KING, p. 11] “Now, one may wonder,” wrote King, “as I did not, why this virtual stranger suddenly wanted to become my benefactor and career advisor. To this day I don’t know.” [KING, p. 13] (Wolfson eventually went to prison for stock crimes. Jewish Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas was also hit by Wolfson’s wake, resigning “from the Court in disgrace” when it was learned he was a $20,000 a year advisor for the “Wolfson Foundation.” [KING, p. 197] King himself was sued by Wolfson in 1972, accused of stealing $5,000; the charge against him was eventually dismissed because “the statute of limitations had run out.” [KING, p. 29] A later wealthy benefactor for King’s career was Ed Gordon.
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  • Being Jewish means nothing in the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood? The chummy network is so strong that lead defense lawyer, Robert Shapiro, in O.J. Simpson’s trial for murder, seriously entertained the idea that he could influence potential jurors by requesting a favor from some Hollywood friends. The idea was to warm the local public up to the idea that O.J. Simpson had been set up by racist policemen. “I know people in the TV industry,” he remarked to his staff, “I’ll talk to them about playing movies that show people being framed by the police. Perhaps Twelve Angry Men.” [SCHILLER/WILLWERTH, p. 161]
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  • The eventual president of production at Columbia Studios, Dawn Steel (she replaced another Jewish executive, David Puttnam, and her boss was Jewish mogul Victor Kaufman, the CEO of Columbia Pictures Entertainment), wrote about her path towards becoming the second woman to head a major Hollywood studio. ([Paula Weinstein had a similar post at about the same time at United Artists. Sherry Lansing, another Jew, was the first woman to get such a high position. Lansing started out as a math teacher in Watts while she looked for acting jobs. Within ten years of getting a $5 an hour script reviewing job, in 1980 she was named — at the age of 35 — to be the head of Twentieth Century Fox. “Quite honestly,” she says, “I think I’ve been accused of sleeping with every man I’ve ever worked for. Every single man: married, unmarried, gay, whatever.” One verifiable such connection, early in her career, was Jewish executive Dan Melnick. [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 90-91] Lansing eventually married Jewish movie director William Friedkin, of “The Exorcist” fame. [Earlier husband: Michael Brownstein]. After her first big hit, Fatal Attraction, she turned to do The Accused, a film about a woman who gets gang raped in a bar. Members of the Portuguese-American community protested that the story defamed their community).
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  • Dawn Steel’s own road to power is illustrative. “Steel’s defining characteristic was unapologetic and ambitious,” says Rachel Abramowitz, “a consuming desire to make it.” Steel “drank with the best of them [male Hollywood executives]. She fucked with the best of them. She told the same bawdy stories,” says her “close friend” Howard Rosenman.  [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 187, 195] In Steel’s autobiography, she notes that she got her start in the media as the head of merchandizing at Penthouse.  Her first personal entrepreneurial venture was a mail order business selling amaryllis plants as “penis plants.” She ran a simple ad in men’s magazines across the country, announcing “Grow Your Own Penis. All It Takes Is $6.98 and a Lot of Love.” Costing her thirty cents apiece, Steel sold 100,000 of them. [STEEL, p. 68] Her next money-making venture was to mass produce and sell toilet paper with the Gucci imprint. Eventually she was dating actor Richard Gere, highlighted by a visit with him to Plato’s Retreat, a nude swinger club in Manhattan where her brother worked as a lifeguard.
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  • Steel’s move up the movie world was expedited by a self-described “connection” to Jewish media mogul Jeffrey Katzenburg. “He was one of the best friends of Sid Davidoff,” she notes, “my lawyer in the Gucci [toilet paper] affair.” [STEEL, p. 106] Jewish mogul Michael Eisner [later head of Disney, where Steel landed later producing work] hired her virtually off the street to be a major movie executive:
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  •  “You’re vice president of production in Features. Congratulations.”
  • [Eisner said]
  • “I don’t know anything about movies,” I told him.
  • “Neither does anybody else. Goodbye, good luck, and break a leg.”
  • [STEEL, p. 110]
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  • As Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Matthews later wrote: “Marketing designer toilet paper seems as good a background for success in Hollywood as anything else.” [SLOMAN, p. 14]  Steel quickly built a reputation as “Hell on Hells” and the “Queen of Mean”; California magazine put her on one of its covers in 1984 as one of the state’s worst bosses to work under.
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  • When Steel [whose father was a professional bodybuilder who changed his last name from Spielberg] married a fellow movie industry Jew, Chuck Roven, “the main obstacle was Chuck’s mother, Blanca … Somehow she got it into her head that, of all things, I was not Jewish. She was convinced I was pretending, to catch her son. I was enraged … Blanca tracked down my family.” [STEEL, p. 191] (An earlier Steel husband was Ronald Rothstein). [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 190]
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  • Opportunities have been obviously improving for Jewish women in Hollywood in more recent times. Paula Hyman and Deborah Moore noted that:
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  • “Since the 1990s there seems to be a deluge of Jewish women behind the
  • [Hollywood] scenes. The following list, which is by no means complete,
  • attests to the immense energy and talent of Jewish women who are now
  • working in [film] production: Susan Arnold, Bonnie Bruckheimer, Laurie
  • Schuler Donner, Connie Field, Wendy Fineman, Ellen Geiger, Litz
  • Glotzer, Lynn Harris, Susan Hoffman, Gale Ann Hurt, Donna Isaacson,
  • Gail Katz, Nana Levin, Rachel Lyon, Nancy Myer, Linda Obst, Polly
  • Platt, Mimi Polk, Jane Rosenthal, Midge Sanford, Deborah Schindler,
  • Sandra Schulberg, Arlene Sellers, Shelby Sherr, Sandy Stern, Shelby
  • Stone, Roselle Swid, Anthea Sylbert, Paula Wagner, Paula Weinstein,
  • and Laura Ziskin … The real change in the past few decades has been in
  • the number of Jewish women in positions of power and influence. Jewish
  • women have always worked behind the scenes, most often as writers.
  • More recently, and especially in the exponential leap of the early 1990s,
  • they have moved into directing and producing, both independently, and
  • as studio executives. For many, there is no question that Jewish women
  • have gained higher access because of their connection to Jewish men in
  • the industry.” [HYMAN, p. 447-448]
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  • “There was hellish competition among the women,” says executive Paula Weinstein about those around her in corporate Hollywood, “Roz Heller [at Columbia] and Marcia Nasatir and Nessa Hyams [at Warner Brothers] always argued about who was the first woman vice president [at a Hollywood studio], but one of the three of them was. We all tended to compete with each other.” [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 131] All these women are Jewish. In the talent agency world,” notes Rachel Abramowitz, “by the late eighties, a number of young women had begun to make their mark — Elaine Goldsmith and Risa Shapiro … and the lanky JJ Harris.” Others included Joan Hyler and Toni Howard. [ABRAMOWITZ, R., 2000, p. 329-331] (See Abramowitz’s volume — Is That a Gun In Your Pocket? about women, almost all Jewish, in the business side of recent Hollywood).
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  • Want to take your production crew to film in Philadelphia? You’ll be talking to the Commissioner of Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Sheila Pinkenson, who is also Jewish. [SALISBURY, G., 3-30-99]
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  • “Even those who might not like Jews,” says Barry Rubin, “[have] to accept their power and win their favor. In June 1991, the Simon Wiesenthal Center held a fifty-thousand-dollar-a-table dinner to honor movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reportedly contributed five million dollars to build its Museum of Tolerance. Present were Jewish executives heading virtually every movie studio including Disney, whose late founder refused even to hire Jews. The Austrian-born actor’s father may have been a Nazi Party member and the actor himself was a friend of Kurt Waldheim, Austria’s ex-Nazi President, but Schwarzenegger also needed the favor of these powerful men.” [RUBIN, p. 88]
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  • Among those who sociologist Todd Gitlin sampled in the early 1980s by interview or research in his television entertainment project included Sy Amlen, vice-president of ABC Entertainment in New York; Paul Klein, program chief at NBC; Gerald Jaffe, NBC vice president for research development Stu Sheslow, vice president for dramatic development at NBC; Jonathan Axelrod, vice president at ABC “before he moved through the industry revolving door to Columbia Picture‘s television division;” [GITLIN, p. 24] Arnold Becker, CBS vice president for television research; Fred Silverman, the research head at NBC; Peter Roth, an ABC development executive; Lee Rich, Lorimar president; Ann Daniel, an ABC executive in drama development; Richard Reisberg, former president of United Artists; Esther Shapiro, an ABC executive  (she and her husband wrote the founding script for the Dynasty TV series); Lew Wasserman, head of MCA; Herman Keld, vice president of CBS; Jane Rosenthal, at CBS and “probably the youngest high-ranking woman in network entertainment”; Brandon Tartikoff, for ten years the president of NBC Entertainment and later head of Paramount Pictures and New World Entertainment; Alfred Schneider, head of ABC‘s Standards and Practices department; Stu Samuels, vice president for TV movies at ABC, writer-producer Richard Levinson, producers Norman Lear, Aaron Spelling, Barney Rosenzweig (whose father-in-law — Arnold Rosenberg — was a producer at Twentieth Century Fox), Mace Neufeld, David Wolper (the most prominent producer of documentary films in recent decades), Herb Brodkin (whose projects include the TV program “The Holocaust”), Leonard Goldberg, David Gerber, Michael Zinburg, Tony Ganz, Marvin Kupfer; former president of the Writers’ Guild of ‘America, David Rintels; William Morris agent Jerry Katzmann, and writers Garry Goldberg and Michael Elias.
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  • Among the many prominent Jewish television directors over the years was Alan Rafkin. Rafkin directed over 80 TV shows from the 1960s into the 1980s, including Danny Thomas in Make Room for Daddy, Love, American Style, Mash, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rafkin’s autobiography is subtitled “Tales from TV’s Most Prolific Sit-Com Director.” [KROTKI, A., 2-2699, p. 49]
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  • Another Jewish director, Jess Oppenheimer, subtitled his own autobiography “How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time.” This was the I Love Lucy show, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Oppenheimer founded the show, produced it, directed it, and was one of its three screenwriters. The show’s film editor, Dann Cahn, and cinematographer, Karl Freund, were also Jewish. The key man who actually sold the I Love Lucy show to Philip Morris cigarette company sponsorship was also Jewish, Milton Biow, “head of the ad agency that bore his name.” An early influence upon, and connection for, Oppenheimer was Ralph Freud, director of a theatre group at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center. (Freud later founded UCLA’s theatre arts department). A former Oppenheimer roommate, Bob Weiskopf, joined the I Love Lucy staff as a screenwriter in the show’s fifth year. And Oppenheimer’s high school friend, Mort Weiner, “would later become programming chief at NBC-TV.” [OPPENHEIMER, J., 1996, p. 18, 56-58, 141, 145, 158, 185]

    Ralph Levy directed the original pilot program for I Love Lucy. He also directed The George Burns and Gracy Allen Show, The Jack Benny Show, and, in later years, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, and Hawaii Five-0. [OLIVER, M., 10-20-01, p. B15

  • Jews have long shaped the essence of American popular culture through the medium of television: David Dotort, for instance, created and produced Bonanza (actors Michael Landon and Lorne Greene were also Jewish), Aaron Ruben produced The Andy Griffith Show, Chuck Barris created The Dating Game, The Gong Show, and The Newlywed Game. [JEWHOO, 2000] Rod Serling, host of The Twilight Zone, was Jewish. David Levy created The Addams Family. Gil Fates was the Executive Producer of pioneer TV game shows To Tell the Truth and What’s my Line? [KIRSCHNER, S., 9-14-00, p. 11] Lou Cowan produced the infamous $64,000 Question, and other early TV quiz shows like The Quiz Kids. He was also once the president of CBS-TV. [COWAN, P., 1982, p. 4] (Cowan “met with Israeli officials to suggest ways of explaining their policies to the American public. Sometimes he would be among the most hard-line, uncompromising American Jews in the room, insisting that Israel emphasize its own self-interest, its own point of view, instead of concocting the bland, half-true justifications for controversial policies that Americans might not want to hear … [COWAN, P. 1982, p. 91] [Cowan’s wife Polly’s] feelings about Israel as a vital, precarious symbol of Jewish survival were deeper than I imagined [wrote her son Paul], even when I thought about her lifelong obsession with the Holocaust.” [COWAN, P. 1982, p. 93] Ms. Cowan was also a television producer.)

    “In a study completed in the 1960s, Muriel Cantor found that almost half of the Hollywood producers of prime time television shows were of Jewish background.” [ROTHMAN/LICHTER, 1982, p. 97] And as Stanley Rothman and S. Robert Lichter note elsewhere:

    “The role of Americans of Jewish background in television dramas was
    equally pronounced. Michael Robinson and Ben Stein have pointed to
    the negative portrayals of businessmen, the military, and other ‘establishment’
    groups that characterized dramatic series and soap operas during the
    1960s, as well as the counter-cultural themes that were openly introduced
    in such dramas. Although Stein does not make the point directly, his
    interviews with television writers and producers suggest the importance
    of Jews in formulating the social imagery of television entertainment.”
    [ROTHMAN/LICHTER, 1982, p. 107]

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  • In the 1950s, Jules Stein’s and Lew Wasserman’s MCA subsidiary, Revue Productions, was the world’s largest producer and distributor of television series. Popular Revue shows included most of the major TV shows of the era, including Ozzie and Harriet, Leave It to Beaver, The Ed Sullivan Show, Wagon Train, The Jackie Gleason Show, General Electric Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, et al. Dennis McDougal lists in his volume about MCA over 60 such programs). [MCDOUGAL, p. 230]  (Danny Thomas’ popular show, Make Room for Daddy, was run by independent Jewish producer Lou Edelman). MCA’s influence at NBC was great — it is credited with getting Robert Kintner his job as NBC president, as well as that of NBC vice president Mannie Sacks. [MCDOUGAL, p. 239]
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  • In later years, Norman Lear was the producer of TV programs like All in the Family (lead character Archie Bunker, the “loveable bigot,” was based upon Lear’s father, Herman), [COWAN, G., p. 24] Maude, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Soap, and the Jeffersons. Lear is also the “king of a multimillion dollar media empire that ultimately embraced publishing, broadcasting stations, theatres, and TV and film production.” The man who founded the righteous-minded “liberal” political action group People for the American Way has a brand of “American Way,” however, which is remote from most Americans. As the San Francisco Chronicle notes: “The Lears’ new 12,300-square home is off Mandeville Canyon on a nearly 10-acre site, which Lear says is costing $15 million to buy and remodel. The property will have a facility for 30 cars built cantilevered under a tennis court that is being built on a hilltop … In 1986, Lear was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the 400 richest Americans in the United States, with an estimated worth of $225 million — only to be deleted in 1987 after his $112 divorce settlement from his second wife, Frances, with whom he had a 29-year marriage and two daughters. She has since become founder and editor-in-chief of the women’s magazine Lear’s. [MICHAELSON, p. 43] Frances Lear’s monthly, with a circulation of 350,000, claims a readership whose “average yearly household income [is] a startling $95,000.” [SMILGIS, p. 70]
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  • (A similar kind of magazine, Lifestyles, founded by Gabriel Erem, is expressly geared to rich Jews — or, as Mediaweek calls it, “a super-glossy lifestyle magazine for upscale Jewish people.” [LIEBMAN, H., p. 16]  Its circulation by 1993 was 118,336, of which 81,659 was paid subscriptions.  “Readers,” notes Mediaweek, “have high incomes and education levels, as well as a propensity for purchasing art objects and collectibles. They also give a lot to charities — the main [Lifestyles subscription] list is culled from donations of more than $10,000 to major Jewish groups.” [LIEBMAN, H., p. 16])
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  • Aaron Spelling, described by some as the “Cotton Candy King” of TV, or the “King of Schlock,” “boasts of being the most successful TV producer in the world.” [CRITTENDON, p. C12]  Starting out in the business with partner Leonard Goldberg, Spelling’s string of eventual TV hits included Dynasty, Melrose Place, Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, Beverly Hills 90210, and The Mod Squad, among others. He has “often been criticized,” notes the (London) Guardian, “for perpetuating inane shows,” [JOHNSON, p. 14] of which his own daughter was installed as an actress in one of them. Locally, in Los Angeles, Spelling is also known for his spectacularly ostentatious home, called by some “the tackiest in Hollywood,” a 123-room mansion costing $60 million dollars.
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  • In 1990, Peter Bart noted another Jewish agent/producer/executive of this genre, Jerry Weintraub:
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  • “His mannerisms and life-style seemed to spill from the pages of The
  • Great Gatsby. The vast parties at his Malibu estate, called Blue Heaven
  • (San Simeon South, others dubbed it) were Gatsby-like in their opulence.
  • Clad proudly in his two-thousand-dollar custom-made Brioni suits,
  • a valet always at his elbow, poised to light his Havana, Weintraub
  • presided over the swarms of strangers — some of them important
  • strangers — who always seemed to overflow the grounds. And while
  • not everyone would necessarily get to shake hands with the host,
  • all would, at the very least, confront the life-sized portrait of Weintraub
  • and his wife in stained glass that adorned the house. (In Weintraub’s
  • portrait, he is talking on the phone).” [BART, p. 240]

    (At a ceremony in Los Angeles in 2002, Weintraub was awarded the “Golan Fund’s Humanitarian Award” by former right-wing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanjahu. The Golan Fund is a Zionist organization, described at one Internet web site as “a non-profit organization in the U.S. Its objective is to support developing Jewish life in the Golan [Heights — part of the Occupied Territories of Israel] by strengthening the 32 [Jewish] communities and the city of Qatzrin.”)

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  • Dennis McDougal notes the self-conscious image of MCA mogul Jules Stein in his early years in Chicago:
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  • “[Stein] took great glee in dressing like a million bucks, crashing
  • the highest society that money would permit, and tossing a leopard-
  • skin blanket across the back seat of his Rolls Royce and tooling
  • down Michigan Avenue like a peacock.” [MCDOUGAL, D., p. 2]

    What about Debbie Reynolds’ Jewish husband, Harry Karl? “Harry Karl was the only man I’d ever met who had his hair cut every day, ” she says, “No matter where he went, he took his barber along … [REYNOLDS, D., 1988, p. 173] … Harry had vanity. He was fastidious so I knew he was vain. He was man who owned two hundred pairs of shoes, dozens of suits, sports jackets, and trousers, not to mention thousands of accessory items like socks and underwear. He had hundreds of shirts, all custom-made. He sent them to New York [from Los Angeles] to be laundered. When the package was unwrapped, the shirts had to be repressed to get out the wrinkes caused in continental air transit. If there was even the tineiest piece of thread ofr a stitch out of place, back to New York it went. There wasn’t room for all his things at the house, so he kept a suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel to hold his clothes until we solved our living situation.” [REYNOLDs, D., 1988, p. 190-191)

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  • A small sampling of other recent faces for the 1990s include Jeffrey Sagansky, the president of CBS Entertainment; Mel Harris, president of Sony Pictures; Jon Feltheimer of Sony TV Entertainment; MCA president and CEO Ron Meyer; Fred Bernstein, president of Columbia Tri-Star; Warner president Terry Semel; David Goodman, president of WarnerVision TV, John Goldwyn, the production head at Paramount; Barry Diller, formerly of 20th Century Fox and now head of USA Network, Inc. which controls the USA Network (America’s “most watched” cable channel), Studios USA, the QVC Home Shopping Network (host: Kathy Levine), and other firms. In 1999 he joined with computer Internet giant Lycos to create a new entity called USA-Lycos Interactive Network that expected $1.5 billion in annual sales. [SUROWIECKI, p. 54]
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  • In 1995, the London Sunday Times called Barry Isaacson, the vice president of production at Universal Pictures, “probably the single most powerful Englishman in the film business.” [YOUNG, ONLINE]  In 1996 the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, Arthur Hiller, was also a member of the Anti-Defamation League. [ROSENFELD, p. G1] Hiller, who headed famous TV series like Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, and many others, was awarded the first annual Jewish Image Awards in 2001 “which recognizes outstanding work reflecting the Jewish heritage through film and television.” [NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE, 10-31-01] Gilbert Gates, also Jewish, was the “former president of the Screen Actors Guild, long time producer of the Academy Awards telecast, producing director of the Geffen playhouse and former dean of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television.” [WELKOS, R., 7-22-2000, p. F1] Andy Vajna, a Jewish immigrant to America and head of the independent Cinergi company, “is considered one of the most respected and richest filmmakers in Hollywood.” [TUGEND, Arts, p. 2]  His $60 million Rambo III was the largest film ever produced in Israel.
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  • In 1992, Arnon Milchan, an Israeli, was described by the Jerusalem Post as being “among the handful of Hollywood moguls with the muscle and money to single-handedly give the go-ahead for a new movie project. [Among his big movie hits was his movie about a prostitute, Pretty Woman.]” [TUGEND, MOGUL, p, ARTS]  Milchan “has admitted laundering some of the more than $100 million spent by the South Africans during the 1970s in an attempt to improve the white government’s image abroad.” [MARSHALL/SCOTT/HUNTER, 1987, p. 123] A citizen of both Israel and Monaco, he controls 30 companies in 17 countries, profiting in everything from film production to the weapons trade. Milchon has been investigated for “possible links to a pro-apartheid propaganda campaign [in South Africa] and … a shipment of nuclear triggering devices to Israel.” [TUGEND, MOGUL, p. ARTS] “I’ve heard the rumors [about Milchon],” said controversial film director Oliver Stone who signed a long-term deal with the Israeli producer, “but, then, I’ve always had a penchant for larger-than-life figures. If Arnon comes from an arms background, well, so did Rhett Butler [in Gone With the Wind]. If those stories are true, I’m sure Arnon sees himself as a [n Israeli] patriot.” [TUGEND, MOGUL, p. ARTS]  Curiously, Stone — defender of Israeli patriotism — is the well-known director of a number of anti-military (American) establishment films, including JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, and Platoon.  (Oliver Stone is “half-Jewish.” This kind of referral is often used by Jewish observers who seek to claim the famous and accomplished — whatever the subjects’ own opinion about themselves — to the tribal fold. Other famous “half-Jews” include actors Paul Newman, and Harrison Ford. Whatever the subjects’ own sense of identity, being at least “half-Jewish” is a definite plus in Hollywood. And with popular American celebration of Jewish identity as being a lineage of noble hero/victims, many are pulled into the fold. Take, for example, the children of Jewish actor Kirk Douglas, twice married to non-Jews. Although the famous actor didn’t assert a Jewish identity until recent years, his “half-Jewish” sons Peter, Joel, Eric, and Michael Douglas all made connections to a Jewish identity on their own). [DOUGLAS, K., 1997, p. 147-151]
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  • Oliver Stone is especially famed for his film “Natural Born Killers,” a movie (in which two teenagers murder dozens of people) that has spawned a number of real life “copycat” killers who cited the movie as an influence in their crimes. “Already the target of outrage and a pending lawsuit over viewers who took ‘Natural Born Killers’ as a how-to-manual,” noted the San Francisco Chronicle, “… two [more] serial-murder movies will be released under Oliver Stone’s imprint.” [WHITING, S., 8-18-96, p. 32] Even in the wake of controversy, Stone released an “unedited” “director’s cut” version of “Natural Born Killers” to the video market, including even more carnage, including a chainsaw attack upon twin bodybuilders.
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  • Stone was also the producer, and Milos Forman (also of Jewish heritage) the director, of The People Versus Larry Flynt, a film that heroizes the non-Jewish pornographer (of Hustler magazine fame) under the auspices of a noble struggle for free speech. (The film was released under the auspices of Phoenix Pictures, headed by Gerald Schwartz, also Jewish). Flynt, who once wrote of his copulation with a chicken, has even been accused of child molestation by his own daughter. And as so very often (even in the movie itself), a “baby-faced Jewish lawyer,” notes reviewer Adina Hoffman,  “… takes up Flynt’s cause because he believes the publisher’s constitutional rights have been violated.” [HOFFMAN, A., 3-28-97, p. 5; STEYN, M., 3-2-97, p. 29]]
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  • Another Israeli media mogul now based in Hollywood, Haim Saban, created and produced the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” film and fad. His Saban Entertainment company (president: Stan Golden), and offshoot Libra Pictures, produces about twenty-five feature length films a year, mostly for television. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show was banned in some countries for excessive violence, including Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. In 1996, he merged Saban Entertainment with Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Children’s Network and he remained head of this company. The Children’s Network in turn owns the Christian-founded International Family Channel. Bought from Pat Robertson, this channel reaches 69 million American households. [TUGEND, T., 3-28-99]

    Jerry Bruckheimer is “probably the most financially successful film producer in movie history with film, video and soundtrack revenues topping $11 billion.” Among his many credits are Pearl Harbor, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Con Air, Armageddon, and Flashdance. “He is returning to his roots,” noted a Jewish ethnic newspaper in 2001, “by developing his first Jewish-themed film, ‘Operation Moses,’ based on the mass airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1985.” “Even if [the critics] don’t like my movies,” he says, “the public does. That’s why I make my pictures. I’ve gota take the bright side.”[PFEFFERMAN, N., 5-25-01]

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  • In 1997, Michael Nathanson, the head of Milchon’s New Regency Productions, became the CEO of MGM Pictures, replacing yet another Jewish mogul, Mike Marcus. In 1999, Hollywood director Mike Nichols (original name: Michael Igor Peschkowsky) was awarded the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The New York Times noted that in 1980s he had “a prolonged reaction to the drug Halcion, prescribed for sleep after minor heart surgery, left him delusional, convinced that he had lost all his money and was being subjected to some form of retribution for having escaped the Holocaust.” [APPLEBORNE, p. 24]
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  • Sociologist Gitlin noted (in 1983) that few on-screen personalities actually on network television call attention to the fact that they are Jewish, in part because the Jewish TV executives have a “self-protectiveness against any real or conceivable anti-Semitic charge that Jews are too powerful in the media.” [GITLIN, p. 184]  “In the 1930s,” adds Edward Shapiro, “the operative principle in Jewish life was shah (low profile). Jews were advised to be as inconspicuous as possible for fear of provoking anti-Semitism.” [SHAPIRO, Jewish-Americans, p. 166] Or, as James Jaffe noted in 1968: “‘Don’t make yourself conspicuous’– this is one of the earliest pieces of advice that the Jewish mother gives to her child.” [JAFFE, J., 1968, p. 61] “To ‘make rishis,'” says Paul Jacobs, in describing traditional Jewish thinking, “was to stir up a fuss of some kind, and it was a cardinal sin, for it supposedly made Jews vulnerable to the potential wrath of the Christian world. This world was conceived of as something like a potential sleeping giant who, if awakened by a loud noise, might, and probably would, turn on the disturber of his peace and do him harm.” [NOVICK, P., 1999, p. 40-41]

    For decades, throughout the entertainment world most Jews assumed WASP-sounding names to disguise their identities (a process that was eventually dictated by Hollywood moguls upon virtually all actors). When teenaged actress Debbie Reynolds was introduced to one of the owners of Warner Brothers, Jack Warner, he told her he was changing her name from Frances Reynolds to Debbie Morgan. After arguing that she wanted to keep her own name, she asked him: “‘How would your father like it if somebody changed your name?’ Something about that amused him. Little did I know that his father had a Russian Jewish name.” (p. 39)

    Jewish actress Lauren Bacall was really Betty Joan Perske (she’s a cousin of current Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres), Jewish dancer Arthur Murray was Arthur Teichman, actor Danny Kaye was Daniel Kaminisky, and Tony Martin was Alvin Morris. Among many, many other Jewish name-changers were Fanny Brice (Fanny Borach, whose husband Nick Arnstein spent two years in prison for heading a $5 million Wall Street bond theft), [BURNS, G., 1989, p. 248] Mel Brooks (Melvin Kaminsky), George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum), Dyan Cannon (Samile Draen Friesen), Kitty Carlisle (Catherine Holzman), Jack Gilford (Jack Gellman), Lee Grant (Lyova Rosenthal), magician Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss), Peter Lorre (Lazlo Loewenstein), Paul Muni (Muni Weisenfreund), conductor Billy Rose (William Rosenberg), Jill St. John (Jill Oppenheim), Dinah Shore (Francis Rose Shore), opera singer Beverly Sills (Belle Silverman), Walter Matthau (Walter Matuschanskavasky), Ethel Merman (Ethel Zimmerman), Shelley Winters (Shirley Schrift), Bert Lahr (Irving Lahrheim), Ed Wynn (Isaiah Edwin Leopold), and on and on. [SIEGEL/RHEINS, p. 13-16] “The first western star who played a lead in the first motion picture that had a story line (“The Great Train Robbery,” 1903) was Max Aronson, better known as ‘Bronco Billy’ Anderson.” [PLESUR, M., 1982, p. 72-73]

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  • This on-screen dimension, of course, is drastically changing. “Any Martian monitoring America’s television,” said Jewish media writer Michael Medved in 1996, “… would view Seinfeld, Friends, the Nanny, Northern Exposure, Mad About You, and other shows [Rhoda, Welcome Back Cotter, Barney Miller, et al] and be surprised to learn that fewer than one in forty Americans are Jewish.” [MEDVED, p. 39] The same year, the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California noted that
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  • “On a recent episode of the TV sitcom ‘Third Rock from the
  • Sun,’ a young man who happens to hail from an alien planet
  • bemoans the fact that while all his schoolmates can claim an
  • ethnicity, he cannot. His landlady solved the dilemma
  • explaining that the youth must be Jewish because his surname
  • is Solomon. Later, when his sister returns from a date, the alien
  • father immediately demands: ‘Is he Jewish?’  Watching this show
  • with his young daughter, the National Foundation for Jewish
  • Culture’s executive director Richard Siegel was thrilled to see yet
  • another example of Jewish identity popping up in mainstream
  • culture … Pointing out that filmmaker Mel Brooks recently joked
  • on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’ that his next movie will straighten out
  • all the kinks in the Talmud, Siegel said Jewish culture is becoming
  • more and more part of mainstream media. ‘It’s everywhere,’ he said.”
  • [WEINSTEIN, N, p. 28]
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  • Michael Elkin notes that:
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  • “Alex Rieger, Judd Hirsh’s character on TV’s ‘Taxi,’ was Jewish
  • ‘because I made him Jewish,’ says the actor. ‘Barney Miller’ was
  • never defined as a Jewish cop. But, according to Hal Linden, the
  • actor who played him, there was a Talmudic wisdom about his
  •    decisions ‘that reflected my own Jewish upbringing.'” [ELKIN, God,
  • 1x]
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  • By the mid 1990s, Jewish Internet web sites were appearing which traced the rising numbers of Jewish actors and actresses in films and television and their Jewish pedigrees (“half-Jewish,” full-Jewish, practicing Jew, non-practicing Jew). Here we learn that the TV series Love Boat has a regular Jewish actor (Bernie Kopell), as does Friends (David Schwimmer), Knotts Landing (Michele Lee), Cheers (Rhea Pearlman), Starsky and Hutch (Paul Michael Glaser), Hill Street Blues (Bruce Weitz), Anything But Love (Richard Lewis), and on and on. Alicia Silverstone was chosen by (also Jewish) film producer Joel Schulmacher to be “Batgirl”; Steven Bochoco created NYPD Blues, Hill Street Blues, and Brooklyn South. Douglas Schwartz was the Executive Producer of Baywatch. Janis Hirsch was the writer/producer of Frasier. Marshall Herkovitz and Edward Zwick created thirtysomething. Michael Gelman is the Executive Producer of Live with Regis (Philbin). Jeff Melvoir is Executive Producer of Northern Exposure. Al Franken, actor/writer/producer for Saturday Night Live moved on to be the Executive Producer of the satiric Lateline. Actress Ellen Barkin is Jewish, as is Barbara Hershey (Herzstein), Robert Downey Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, Kevin Costner, Winona Ryder and so on. Paula Abdul’s mother was Jewish; her father an Arab.
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  • In 1996 a reporter for the (Jewish) Forward, Susan Kaplan, wrote an article about the lack of Jewish women in positive role models onscreen. But this is how she framed it:
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  • “Although it’s not a theme of the show ‘Friends,’ it’s clear that both
  • … Ross Geller … as well as his father … are Jewish … After ‘Friends’
  • comes ‘The Single Guy’ with Jonathan Silverman as novelist Jonathan
  • Elliot … Then there’s ‘Seinfeld’ … Next on Thursday night comes ‘ER.’
  • Oops, no readily identifiable Jewish characters here although on CBS’s
  • ‘Chicago Hope,’ Adam Arkin and Ron Stone … are oozing Jewishness
  • from every pore … On other days of the week, ‘Mad About You’ gives
  • us non-Jewish Jamie and her hyper-Jewish husband Paul … ‘Relativity,’
  • a new show this season  … focused on — surprise! — a Jewish guy…
  • Many television writers are Jewish men.” [KAPLAN, S., 11-29-96, p. 16]

    As Jewish author Alina Sivorinovsky noted in 1995:

    “In the 1990s, it seems that the mother of every fictional female on
    television is advising her daughter to find a nice Jewish boy. And the
    daughters are listening. From hour-long dramas, ‘Sisters,’ ‘Chicago
    Hope,’ and ‘Murder One,’ to 30-minute comedies, ‘Mad About You,’
    ‘Cybill,’ ‘Partners,’ ‘Bless This House,’ ‘The Single Guy,’ ‘The Larry
    Sanders Show,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘Love and War,’ ‘Seinfeld,’ and ‘Murphy
    Brown,’ Jewish men are dating and marrying Gentile women in
    numbers far exceeding any other interethnic relationship currently
    on television … All [of these Jewish men] are either resident New
    Yorkers, as in ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Mad About You,’ ‘Love and War,’ ‘The
    Critic,’ ‘The Single Guy,’ ‘Friends,’ and ‘Dream On,’ or transplanted
    New Yorkers, as in ‘Northern Exposure,’ ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘Anything
    But Love,’ ‘Homefront,’ and ‘LA Law’ … The question is, why should
    an ethnic group that makes up only two percent of the US population
    be so disproportionately, albeit stereotypically, represented on
    television? And why is that representation nearly exclusively male?”
    [quoted by O’BRIEN, P., 12-23-97]

    Scholar Patrick Gerald O’Brien noted in 1997 what he found on television during the Christmas season:

    “Let’s return to TV. At 7:25 I surfed to Channel 11, the Christian channel,
    and Pat Robertson was talking about a court ruling … he specifically
    mentioned efforts of the ADL [Anti-Defamation League] to enforce this …
    Then I turned to NBC and caught the end of ‘Suddenly Susan’ (or
    something like that). The set was a living room or small cafe all done up
    in Christmas decor, but huge Stars of David were prominently posted
    pasted all over … Now that I was on a roll, I watched the next NBC
    show, ‘Jenny,’ …[where George] Hamilton now sits in front of his
    mantelpiece, on which is strung a large ‘Happy Hanukkah’ decoration,
    and in a thick accent, he belts out a Yiddish greeting … At 8:00 came
    ‘Caroline in the City’ (I think it’s called) in which another Christmas scene
    took place [in which O’Brien senses a Jewish undercurrent] … At 8:30
    came ‘Georgie and Leo,’ with Bob Newhart attempting a comeback,
    and Judd Hirsch playing a Jewish guy (which he mentioned during the
    show). So, given that about 2% of Americans are Jewish, I’d say that
    Jewish identities and concerns crop up fairly often. Autobiographical of
    the producers, writers, and actors? It would seem so. Though the 9:00
    show was not about Christmas, it did deal with a Jewish topic for an
    hour … tensions between Hasidic Jews and African Americans in
    parts of Brooklyn. The following night, Tuesday, I only once scanned
    the network sitcoms, but on the first show I turned to, ‘Hiller and Diller,’
    they were singing

    We wish you a Merry Christmas
    We wish you a Merry Christmas
    We wish you a Merry Christmas
    And a Happy Hanukkah.” [O’BRIEN, P., 12-23-97]

  • Jews are so omnipresent in entertainment television that in 1999, when the Anti-Defamation League took offense at some jokes at the expense of Jews on Saturday Night Live, ADL’s director, Abraham Foxman, found himself protesting to NBC’s head of programming, Rosalyn Weinman, and Saturday Night Live’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels. [TUGEND, 12-19-99] Both of them, too, are Jewish. Saturday Night Live was also criticized for anti-Semitism years earlier for a satire sketch: a “Jew-Not a Jew” game show. The head of NBC at the time, Brandon Tartikoff, fielded a flood of negative phone calls, noting that:
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  • “Tom Hanks played the host. A slide of a famous personality would
  • appear on the screen, and the panelists had to decide whether the
  • person was Jewish … It was funny, I thought — but was it anti-Semitic?
  • All week long, I agonized over that question, not just with Broadcast
  • Standards but with myself. Since I’m Jewish, I wondered if I was
  • being too sensitive or maybe too blasé.” [TARTIKOFF, p. 192]

    (In 1998 the Anti-Defamation League even attacked a series of Superman comic books in which Superman flies back in time to fight the Nazis. The complaint, wrote ADL director Abraham Foxman, was that Superman “never names the victims. The intent was to send a universal message. The result provided offensive to Holocaust victims.” Although the word “Jew” was never used in the comics, “the victims were shown wearing yarmulkes and prayer shawls, had Jewish names like Mordechai and Baruch, and referred to each other using Yiddish terms such as ‘bubeh’ and ‘zayde.'” The CEO of DC Comics, Jenette Kahn, which produced the Superman series, was even Jewish. She responded with a formal apology for not using the word “Jew” in the comic series). [GOLDBERG, D., TIKKUN]

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  • Some in the Jewish community even suggested anti-Semitic undertones in a new Jewish-like Star Wars movie character, Ferengi, despite the fact that the film’s executive producer, Rick Berman, was also Jewish. [WALZ, 6-8-1999]  Original Star Trek stars William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Dr. Spock) were also, in real life, Jewish, as was William Koenig (Chekov). (Nimoy’s Jewish activism includes an integral role in getting Mel Mermelstein’s story made as a film. Nimoy also starred in the film as the main character. Meremelstein is a man who figured out a way to sue a “Holocaust denial” organization that offered $50,000 to anyone who could prove that the Holocaust really happened). [NIMOY, p. 307-308])
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  • Jews in the mass media apparently even have subtextual dialogues with themselves about Jewish identity in film reviews. References (anti-Semitic?) to Jews in an Entertainment Weekly review of director Barry Levinson’s science fiction movie, Sphere, drove him to anger, culminating in a furiously written script (in three weeks) for his next film (Liberty Heights). This new movie expressly embraced his Jewish heritage. The offending review, entitled “Abysmal,” trashed, like most reviews, his earlier science fiction effort. But Levinson zeroed in on these words by the EW reviewer:
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  • “… Norman the emphatic Jewish psychologist [played by Jewish actor
  • Dustin Hoffman]. Okay, so he’s not officially Jewish [in the film];
  • he’s only Hoffman, who arrives at the floating habitat and immediately
  • announces, noodgey and menschlike, ‘I’d like to call my family’ … This
  • Sphere isn’t science fiction, or even psychological fiction … It’s a matzo
  • Norman’s mother knows what I mean.”  [Even Jewish actor Liev
  • Schrieber, notes the reviewer, plays “the neurotically competitive
  • “] [SCHWARTZBAUM]
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  • Levinson was “enraged” and “furious” by such commentary. “The movie has nothing to do with religion!” he exclaimed to the Los Angeles Times, “… I mean, you wouldn’t say that Mel Gibson [in the film “Ransom”] is a Catholic businessman whose son is kidnapped.” [HORNADY, p. 90]  This fixation on the subliminal Jewish nature of Levinson’s film as preface to his overtly Jewish one, the one that champions “being Jewish,” the one where he goes back to his roots in Baltimore, is certainly curious. But more strange is the Los Angeles Times report on Levinson’s motivation to make Liberty Heights — it never notes the fact that the Entertainment Weekly culprit/author of the slights to Jewry is not a malevolent Gentile. On the contrary, the critical reviewer, Lisa Schwartzbaum, who cannot see Levinson’s science fiction from his Jewish “religion,” is also To carry on such a “film review” (and thrust to Levinson’s heart) in actual Yiddish jargon, she has to be.
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  • One negative review of Liberty Heights, by Jewish author Jeff Salamon, notes the usual Jewish stereotypes about the non-Jewish Other (repeatedly evidenced throughout Jewish history):
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  • “The WASP elite [that a Jewish protagonist] is trying to infiltrate turns
  • out to be full of drunks with sexual hangups.” [SALAMON, J., 12-
  • 23-99]
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  • Reflecting the trend of more and more overtly Jewish themes in Hollywood, “many more films,” notes Barry Rubin, “dealt openly with Jews in the 1980s and 1990s than ever before, and Jews not only remained numerous on stage, screen, and television, but also became far more visible.” [RUBIN, p. 99] David Desser and Lester Friedman suggest that “ethnic consciousness in American cinema is a fairly recent trend. … The notion of a ‘great melting pot’ … held little interest to people … Directors turned to Jewish themes and characters…” [DESSER, p. 2-3]  By the 1990s, even Gentile actor Robin Williams was playing the role of a Jew in Holocaust-era Poland (“Jacob the Liar”); non-Jew Demi Moore converted to Orthodox Judaism in a Woody Allen film. Even a TV game-show called “Win Ben Stein’s money” has recently made the airwaves, sounding like a stereotypical joke by an anti-Semite. (Stein, among other things, is a former speech writer for Richard Nixon).

    As Larry Mark noted in an ethnic Jewish newspaper in 2001:

    “Over the past five years, as Holocaust survivors pass away and filmmakers
    struggle with the lessons of World War II, it has become even-money
    that a film touching upon the Nazi atrocities will be an Oscar nomination.
    Since 1995, these nominees and winners have included One Survivor
    Remembers
    , Ann Frank Remembers, Shine, Life is Beautiful, The Long Way
    Home
    , The Last Days, and even One Day in September. … Three very
    strong and poignant nominees drank out of the well of the Holocaust
    for this year’s stories: Divided We Fall, One Day Crossing, and Into the
    Arms of Strangers
    … Three other actors portraying Jewish characters
    received Oscar nominations [in the films Requiem for a Dream, Pollock,
    and Almost Famous].” [MARK, L., 3-1-01]

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  • Jewish actor Jerry Seinfeld (of the popular Seinfeld TV series) was named to have the highest yearly income ($225 million) in a 1998 “Top Entertainer” list by Forbes A Jewish co-creator of the Seinfeld show, Larry David, was ranked number two, at $200 million.” To some degree,” suggests Adam Levitin, “the reason for Seinfeld’s success is that America has absorbed so much Jewish culture that ‘being Jewish’ has become mainstream America … What Jews have long considered ‘Jewish’ has evidently become so incorporated into America at-large that non-Jews assume them to be American … A significant manifestation of this New-York Jewish milieu is the ineffable neurosis that pervades the outlandish, manic drama of each episode [of Seinfeld].” [LEVITIN, p. 52-54]
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  • Among the many Jewish power mongers in Hollywood is film producer/director Stephen Spielberg, “perceived by many to be the formative representative of American popular culture.” [LOSHITZSKY, p. 12]  Like many supposed “non-Jewish Jews” of Tinseltown, Spielberg had followed the pattern of being a non-committed, non-didactic Jewish public figure throughout his early years, but inevitably experienced a “rebirth” as a Jew.
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  • This return to Jewish particularism has many adherents, dramatically exemplified in Jewish actor Kirk Douglas’ renewed interest in Jewish Orthodoxy. (Douglas’ original name was Issur Danilovich Demsky). In 1997 he was even honored at a dinner held by a “controversial Orthodox outreach organization,” Aish Ha Torah. [TROUNSON, p. B1]  “I’d have to say [Aish Ha Tora] techniques bother me,” a Conservative rabbi told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s the Jewish equivalent of fundamentalist Christian groups.” [TROUNSON, p. B1]  “As part of its executive learning program,” noted the Times in an earlier article, “Aish, which is based in Jerusalem and has offices around the U. S., sends rabbis to the homes and offices of executives, free of charge.” [HEIMAN, p. B4]  Co-chairs of the Ha Torah occasion — held at the home of Merv Adelson, the founder of Lorimar Pictures — included other Jewish media moguls Jeffrey Katzenburg, Michael Ovitz, Lew Wasserman, and talk show host Larry King. Right-wing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu even managed to attend the dinner for the famous actor. “I see that no matter how far I run away from my Jewishness,” Douglas has written, “it was always there. Like my shadow, I could not lose it.” [TROUNSON, p. B1]  Echoing similar communal loyalties, in 1996 the Israel Film Festival in New York City featured not only a former Israeli prime minister as guest of honor, but also mostly Jewish Hollywood powerbrokers as co-chairs for the event: Michael Ovitz, Sherry Lansing, and David Geffen.
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  • Even when not so overtly visible, the Jewish producer/writers’ dominance in the media world is still felt.  In 1968, NBC featured a weekly sit-com starring an African-American (Diahann Carroll), the first since the 1950s (Amos and Andy). The new show was created by Jewish writer/producer Hal Kanter. The program, “Julia,” is still examined by scholars today, particularly in the way it featured Carroll as a “white Negro” living an upper-class lifestyle familiar to very few African-Americans. “While large numbers of blacks lived in exploding ghettos,” notes Aniko Bodroghkozy, “Julia and Corey Baker [the main character and her son] lived a luxury lifestyle impossible on a nurse’s salary [her occupation].” [BODROGHKOZY, p. 143] (This depiction of African-American life is similar to that of the aforementioned Bill Cosby show, where the Cosby resides in a “lavish townhouse decorated with African-American art works.” [BODROGHKOZY, p. 150])
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  • In 1993, USA Today noted that Black actor Paul Winfield was “not happy with the state of Black sitcoms these days.” “They are mostly Jewish jokes,” he complained, “being mouthed by Black actors.” [KING, L, p. 2D] Jewish dominance caused troubles in the Black community in 1999 with a remake of the classic Black-oriented movie, “Shaft.” Director John Singleton locked horns with Jewish producer Scott Rudin over the fact of 125 positions filled to make the movie, only six were Black employees. [FINK, M. 8-23-99]
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  • A front page New York Times article in June 2000 highlighted the same theme, although the Jewish dimensions of the problem were muted. In the piece entitled “Who Gets to Tell a Black Story?,” the usual tensions between “white journalist” (and eventual writer-film producer for HBO) David Simon and African-American director Charles Dutton (during the shooting of “The Corner”) were rendered purely as a Black-White problem. Not surprisingly, Simon is Jewish; his father was even a public relations director and speech writer for B’nai B’rith. When Dutton found so few African-Americans on staff to film a story about drug addicts in a Black ghetto, he was outraged. The Times, (owned and mostly edited by Jews, as we shall soon see) evaded the theme of Jewish dominance and nepotism in Hollywood, but did criticize other ethnic ethnocentrism (however minor in Hollywood) instead, saying:
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  • “It was always the same, Mr. Dutton said later. The business was ‘full
  • of nepotism and cliquism.’ Italians hired Italians, Asians hired Asians.
  • ‘So why is it a problem when it’s a black project? Every black project
  • that I’ve worked on, with the exception of the Spike Lee movies, you’ve
  • got to go through this every time. You’ve got to say, Why can’t we have
  • some more black folks on the crew?” [SCOTT, J., 6-11, 2000, p. 22]
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  • [Note that the Italians and Asians reference is an insert by the paper between quotes by Dutton. Did the reporter write this? Did the editor? What, one wonders, was Dutton’s direct quote on the subject of nepotism, when his foremost nemesis on the film he was directing, and all of Hollywood, was/is Jewish?]
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  • In 1990 the Los Angeles Times reported that
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  • “In comments sure to trigger controversy in the entertainment industry,
  • members of a panel at the NAACP convention in Los Angeles
  • complained today that the influence of Jewish executives over films
  • and music distribution has held back black entertainers and producers.”
  • [FOX, D., 6-11-90, p. B1]
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  • “If Jewish leaders can complain of black anti-Semitism,” said LeGrand Clegg, city attorney of the city of Compton and chairman of the Coalition Against Black Exploitation, “our leaders should certainly raise the issue of the century-old problem of Jewish racism in Hollywood.” Marla Gibbs, a film producer and actress on the NBC series “227,” added that “criminal behavior is being imitated by our children because it is being glorified on the screen … The Jewish system in Hollywood was not set up for us.” [FOX, D., 6-11-90, p. B1]

    In 2000, the African-American newspaper The Los Angeles Sentinel noted the following story:

    “Jerome Metcalf, a black writer and entrepreneur has filed [a lawsuit] recently
    against [Jewish] CBS television producer Steven Bochco for allegedly stealing
    the story idea that led to the creation of ‘City of Angels’ … The material was       submitted to Bochco and CBS and according to Metcalf, both passed on the       project. However, after viewing the pilot episode of the ‘City of Angels’ Metcalf
    said he and his wife were ‘shocked and devastated to see their works,
    dramatic expressions, literary expressions, ideas, treatment, scripts and property       had been stolen’ … The most interesting if not revealing truth surrounding the
    lawsuit is the fact that Bochco’s attorney, Edward A. Rottenberg, contacted       [Metcalf’s attorney Michael] Lotta recently with a settlement offer. Lotta
    deemed the settlement inadequate and turned it down … A hypocritical truth,
    would the court find Metcalf’s allegations valid, is that Bochco and
    the president of CBS Entertainment Leslie Moonves [also Jewish] hosted a       screening of the ‘City of Angels’ at the Magic Johnson Theater Complex in
    South Los Angeles prior to the series debut. Metcalf said he was particularly       insulted that Moonves, in front of invited guests, many of them black community       leaders, praised Bochco as the creator of the first black medical drama for prime       television.” [WILLIAMS, S., 12-27-00, p. A3]

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