Movie mogul Louis B Mayer, creator of the ‘star system’ in MGM was raised in Saint John, New Brunswick

Louis B. MayerSaint John, New Brunswick – Louis B Mayer, film producer and co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was born in 1884 in Minsk, Russia and moved with his family to Saint John, New Brunswick when he was just a young child. His father, who is said to have been abusive, had a scrap metal business and forced Louis as a boy to retrieve metal from sunken vessels. He moved to Boston in his late teens and set up his own junk business, then purchased and fixed up his first movie theatre in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He continued on buying theatres until he owned New England’s largest chain, then went on to film distribution and finally movie production. At one point he was the highest earning person in the United States. His parents are buried in the Shaarie Zedek Cemetery in Saint John, which is part of the Fernhill Cemetery on Westmorland Road.

Where:The city of Saint John sits half-way up the New Brunswick coast of the Bay of Fundy, a basin of water that stretches for 270 km (170 miles) between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Bay is known for the highest tides in the world. Whale watching, sea kayaking, boat tours and bird watching are all popular visitor attractions along the Fundy coast. Continue north and you’ll pass through the 206 sq km Fundy National Park, and then you can go on to the scenic Hopewell Rocks, one of the best places to view the phenomenal tides.

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Address:

Fernhill Cemetery, 200 Westmorland Rd St John

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