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1936: Irving Thalberg, a film producer during the early years of motion pictures, dies of pneumonia at age 37 in Santa Monica, California. Some of his best known films include "Grand Hotel," "China Seas," "Camille," "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "The Good Earth." Thalberg started out with Universal Studios, first as a secretary and then as studio manager for their Los Angeles facility, before going on to help create Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he served as head of production for more than a decade. During his time at MGM, he guided actors like Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo and Lionel Barrymore to stardom.