Knowledge Identifier: &Paramount_Pictures
Beginning in 1914, both Lasky and Famous Players released their films through a start-up company, Paramount Pictures Corporation, organized early that year by a Utah theatre owner, W. W. Hodkinson, who had bought and merged several smaller firms
Olive Thomas - In 1917, she made her full length feature debut in "A Girl Like That" for Paramount Pictures
Enrico Caruso - In 1918, he appeared in a dual role in the American silent film "My Cousin" for Paramount Pictures
Lois Wilson (actress) - After appearing in several films at various studios, Wilson settled in at Paramount Pictures in 1919, where she remained until 1927
As always, Paramount films continued to emphasize stars; in the 1920s there were Swanson, Valentino, and Clara Bow
Milton Sills - By the early 1920s, Sills was enjoying a highly successful acting career and working for such prominent film studios as MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Pathé Exchange
Jean Arthur - With the rise of the talkies in the late 1920s, Arthur was among the many silent screen actors of Paramount Pictures initially unwilling to adapt to sound films
Elsie Ferguson - In 1921, she accepted another contract offer from Paramount Pictures to star in four films to be spread over a two-year period
Lois Wilson (actress) - She was chosen by Paramount Pictures to represent the motion picture industry at the British Empire Exposition of 1924
Fredric March - He appeared on Broadway in 1926, and by the end of the decade signed a film contract with Paramount Pictures.
Chester Conklin - Paramount Pictures teamed up Conklin and Fields for a series of comic films between 1927 and 1931
Peggy Shannon - While on Broadway in 1927, she was spotted by B. P. Schulberg, production head of Paramount Pictures, and was offered a contract
Claudette Colbert - Colbert did not make any films for two years, but ultimately signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1928.
David O. Selznick - He left MGM for Paramount Pictures in 1928, where he worked until 1931, when he joined RKO as Head of Production
In 1929 Paramount Released their first musical "Innocents of Paris" Richard A. Whiting and Leo Robin composed the score for the film, Maurice Chevalier starred and sung the most famous song from the film "Louise"
Bill Robinson - After 1930, black revues waned in popularity, but Robinson remained in vogue with white audiences for more than a decade in some fourteen motion pictures produced by such companies as RKO, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures
Miriam Hopkins - In 1930, she signed with Paramount Pictures, and made her official film debut in "Fast and Loose"
Carole Lombard - In 1930, she won a contract with Paramount Pictures after having been dropped by both 20th Century and Pathé Exchange
Betty Grable - In the late 1930s, Grable signed a contract with Paramount Pictures, starring in several B-movies, mostly portraying co-eds
Dixie Lee - She had a brief film career, starring in a few features for Bing's home studio Paramount Pictures in the 1930s; her most notable film is probably "Love in Bloom"
Mae West - In 1932, West was offered a motion picture contract by Paramount Pictures, when she was 38 years old, an unusual age to begin a movie career
In 1933, Mae West would add greatly to Paramount's success with her suggestive movies "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel"
Beryl Wallace - Beryl Wallace made her film debut in 1934 in an uncredited role in the Paramount Pictures film production of Carroll's Broadway play "Murder at the Vanities"
Rex Stout - Rex Stout's anonymous 1934 novel was quickly transformed into a feature film by Paramount Pictures
Marsha Hunt (actress) - She was a singer and a model before Paramount Pictures signed her to a contract in 1934
Alberta Vaughn - On April 8, 1934, Vaughn wed assistant casting director Joseph Egil of Paramount Pictures
Bob Burns (comedian) - After his national radio breakthrough in 1935-1936, Burns moved up to feature roles as a contract player with Paramount Pictures
Raoul Walsh - An undistinguished period followed with Paramount Pictures from 1935 to 1939, but Walsh's career rose to new heights soon after moving to Warner Brothers, with "The Roaring Twenties" featuring James Cagney and Humphrey_Bogart; "Dark Command" with John Wayne and Roy Rogers; "They Drive By Night" with George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Bogart; "High Sierra" with Lupino and Bogart again; "They Died with Their Boots On" with Errol Flynn as Custer; "The Strawberry Blonde" with James Cagney and Olivia_de_Havilland; [G
Glenn Miller - Glenn Miller made his first movie appearance in the 1935 Paramount Pictures release The Big Broadcast of 1936 as a member of the Ray Noble Orchestra performing "Why Stars Come Out at Night".
Arthur P. Schmidt - By 1936 he was working at a second studio, Paramount Pictures, where he remained for twenty years
Claudette Colbert - In 1936, Colbert signed a new contract with Paramount Pictures, which required her to make seven films over a two-year period, and this contract made her Hollywood's highest paid actress.
Martha Raye - In 1936, she was signed for comic roles by Paramount Pictures, and made her first picture for Paramount
Evelyn Brent - In the early 1940s she worked in the Pine-Thomas "B" action features for Paramount Pictures release
Ayn Rand - In 1941, Paramount Pictures produced a movie version of the play.
Gail Russell - Russell's extraordinary beauty brought her to the attention of Paramount Pictures in 1942
Bugs Bunny - In 1944, Bugs Bunny made a cameo appearance in "Jasper Goes Hunting", a Puppetoons short produced by rival studio Paramount Pictures
Maureen O'Sullivan - In 1948, she re-appeared on the screen in "The Big Clock," directed by her husband for Paramount Pictures
When the 1949 Paramount Consent Decree forced divestiture by the studios, it did not apply outside the US so Paramount kept its Canadian theater subsidiary
Anita Loos - Gigi opened in the fall of 1951 and would run until the spring of 1952; by Hepburn had been elevated to an A-list star, contracted to Paramount Pictures
Carolyn Jones - Jones secured a contract with Paramount Pictures and made her first film in 1952
Maynard Ferguson - In 1953, Ferguson left Kenton to become a session player for Paramount Pictures, soon becoming the first-call player.
Igor Stravinsky - Stravinsky was on the lot of Paramount Pictures when the musical score to the 1956 film The Court Jester was being recorded.
Sophia Loren - Loren became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958
Stella Stevens - In the early 1960s Stevens was romantically linked in news reports to actor Michael Dante, comedian Allan Drake, Paramount Pictures executive Gant Gaither, and cinema exhibitor Mert Shapiro
Howard W. Koch - In 1964, Paramount Pictures appointed him head of film production, a position he held until 1966 when he left to set up his own production company
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lloyd Webber had toyed with the idea of writing a musical based on Billy Wilder's critically acclaimed movie, 'Sunset Boulevard', since the early 1970s when he saw the film, but the project didn't come to fruition until after the completion of 'Aspects of Love' when the composer finally managed to secure the rights from Paramount Pictures The composer worked with two collaborators, as he had done on 'Aspects of Love'; this time Christopher Hampton and Don Black shared equal credit for the book and lyrics
Don Simpson - He first worked as an actor and got a job Paramount Pictures in 1975
Michael Eisner - In 1976, Diller, who had by moved on to become chairman of Paramount Pictures, recruited Eisner from ABC and made him president and CEO of the movie studio
Jonathan Demme - After Fighting Mad, Demme directed the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977.
In 1981, Cinema International Corporation was reorganized as United International Pictures
But Diller believed strongly in the concept, and so took his fourth-network idea with him when he moved to 20th Century Fox in 1984, where Fox's freshly installed proprietor, Rupert Murdoch was a more interested listener
Michael Cimino - In 1984, after being unable to finalize a deal with director Herbert Ross, Paramount Pictures offered the job of directing "Footloose" to Cimino. According to screenwriter Dean Pitchford, Cimino was at the helm of "Footloose" for four months, making more and more extravagant demands in terms of set construction and overall production
In 1985, Dawn Steel became head of Motion Picture Production
Eddie Murphy - In 1988, Buchwald sued Murphy and Paramount Pictures, but Murphy was not found liable because Paramount had received the material
Michael Cretu - Cretu was approached by Paramount Pictures to write the soundtrack of the movie "Sliver" and he came up with another 1993 single "Carly's Song" after the main female character's name
Kyle Baker - Baker said in 1999 he was writing a Christmas movie for Paramount Pictures, titled "U Betta Watch Out", and was animating a TV-movie title "Corey Q. Jeeters, I'm Telling on You"
Garth Brooks - In 1999 Brooks and his production company Red Strokes Entertainment, with Paramount Pictures, began to develop a movie in which Brooks would star
An additional legacy unit, Famous Players Theaters was sold in 2005 to its competitor Cineplex Odeon Corporation
Eddie Murphy - He starred in the 2008 film "Meet Dave" and the 2009 film "Imagine That" for Paramount Pictures
In 2009, CBS stopped using the Paramount name in its series and changed the name of the production arm to CBS Television Studios, eliminating the Paramount name from television, to distance itself from the latter
On April 2013, Paramount Hotels and Dubai-based DAMAC Properties announced the building of the first resort: "DAMAC Towers by Paramount," in Dubai
In 2014, Paramount Pictures became the first big Hollywood studio that distributes all its films in digital only