Forward article about Hollywood’s Jewish founders goes viral
Sharon’s great-grandfather, Fox Studio Production Executive Sol M. Wurtzel (#23), with wife Marian to his right and Fox Director Frank Borzage to his left, at the first Academy Awards banquet in 1929. Courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
This inspired her to write “Jews built Hollywood. So why is their history erased from the Academy’s new museum?” to emphasize the importance of an inclusive, nuanced Hollywood history that included its Jewish pioneers.
In January 2022, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced a plan to install its only permanent exhibit “Hollywoodland.” The exhibit will highlight Hollywood’s Jewish founders and how the burgeoning motion picture industry impacted Los Angeles and the wider world.
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