By E. J. Fleming
Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling are nearly unknown outdoor of Hollywood and little-remembered even there, yet as basic supervisor and Head of exposure for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, they lorded over the entire stars in Hollywood's golden age from the Twenties in the course of the Forties - together with legends like Garbo, Dietrich, Gable and Garland.
When MGM stars came upon themselves in difficulty, it used to be Eddie and Howard who took care of them - solved their difficulties, concealed their crimes, and saved their secrets and techniques. They have been the Fixers. the studios that owned them, Mannix and Strickling have been an important males at MGM. via a fancy internet of contacts in each enviornment, from newshounds and medical professionals to deprave police and district legal professionals, they coated up probably the most infamous crimes and scandals in Hollywood heritage, maintaining stars out of penal complex and, extra importantly, their names out of the papers.
They dealt with difficulties as diversified because the homicide of Paul Bern (husband of MGM's greatest megastar, Jean Harlow), the studio-directed drug addictions of Judy Garland, the homicide of Ted Healy (creator of the 3 Stooges) by the hands of Wallace Beery, and arranging for an single Loretta younger to undertake her personal baby - a baby fathered by means of a married Clark Gable. Never-before-told tale of Eddie Mannix and Howard Strickling. the twin biography describes how a mob-related New Jersey laborer and the quiet son of a grocer grew to become the main strong males on the greatest studio on this planet.
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19 Divorce was out of the question. When Loew founded MGM, Mannix was thrust into the middle of the management team. A. o‡ces. A. people. A. operation became very large, very fast. A. o‡ce steered the ship. A. operation. 20 Who better to spy on Mayer than Schenck’s bodyguard and bouncer? Nobody in the movies knew Mannix. No MGM employee had ever heard of him. Even a dozen years later in ¡936 he was described in the International Motion Picture Almanac as “connected with theatrical profession for five years as manager of eastern shows and for fourteen consecutive seasons as manager of Palisades Park.
Operation became very large, very fast. A. o‡ce steered the ship. A. operation. 20 Who better to spy on Mayer than Schenck’s bodyguard and bouncer? Nobody in the movies knew Mannix. No MGM employee had ever heard of him. Even a dozen years later in ¡936 he was described in the International Motion Picture Almanac as “connected with theatrical profession for five years as manager of eastern shows and for fourteen consecutive seasons as manager of Palisades Park. ” It was noted by way of introduction that he had “connections and associations with Jos.
32 Ten would farm the area around Winchester for the rest of their lives. His oldest son John B. moved to Newport, in southeastern Ohio, an equally remote outpost alongside the Ohio River, where he fathered ¡¡ children of his own after his ¡836 marriage to ¡6-year-old Deborah Shuler. For the rest of the nineteenth century, the Ohio Stricklings prospered in the small farming towns on either side of the river, running farms and businesses in hamlets like Newport and Beaverton, Ohio, or St. Mary’s and Mineral Wells, Virginia (West Virginia became a state in ¡863).