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Goldwyn’s Roar

PBS' new documentary shows a balanced profile of the legendary mogul.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/goldwyns_roar_20011005

Shmuel Gelbfisz was born in a Polish shtetl, the son of an unsuccessful second-hand furniture dealer. He studied in a cheder and at age 12, the penniless boy walked across Europe, took steerage to America, and "Anglicized" his name to Sam Goldfish. In 1918, he had graduated from glove salesman to budding Hollywood producer. He renamed and reinvented himself once more and became Sam Goldwyn.

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