Taylor Swift is the proud new owner of a sumptuous villa at Goldwyn Estate. But who is this man the home is named after?
Samuel Goldwyn is one of the greatest American producers of the turn of the last century. One of the last pioneers of the cinema. He produced the first film shot in Hollywood, a silent western entitled The Squaw Man, in 1913, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel. But how did he get there?
After managing a factory employing 100 workers at the age of 17, he began his rise in the world of cinema. Under the name Samuel Goldfish, he created the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation in 1916 in partnership with two Broadway entrepreneurs, Edgar and Archibald Selwyn: the name “Goldwyn” was born out of the combination of Goldfish and Selwyn.
Goldwyn Pictures very early on introduced the mythical pre-film sequence of “Leo The Lion”, the roaring lion, which would become the world’s most famous, or at least the oldest still in use, brand image of a film producer. Sam was quickly discarded by his partners who eventually sold the GP to the Schubert Organization, which in turn sold it to Marcus Loew’s Metro. In 1925, the birth of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has little to do with Sam, except that the new studio will keep the sequence of Leo The Lion and especially some land in Culver City, California, that once belonged to Sam.
It is a true symbol of the entertainment industry for millions of cinephiles.