Marilyn Monroe’s Mentor – Spyros Skouras, Gets His Name in Lights

A relatively unknown story to this generation of Americans will be highlighted by a series of projects of the Greek America Foundation that will be launched in September covering the life and career of noted Hollywood movie maker Spyros P. Skouras.

Skouras was an immigrant from a tiny village in the Peloponnese in Greece who moved to the USA in 1910. He and his two brothers Charles and George would eventually become three of the most influential people in the history of films in the United States.

According to founder of the Greek America Foundation, Gregory Pappas, “The story of Spyros Skouras isn’t the personification of the American dream; it’s the story of America.”

In May 1935, Spyros was instrumental in merging Fox Films with Twentieth Century Pictures. He would take over as CEO of the new 20th Century Fox Films from 1942 to 1962. One of his greatest achievements was his signing of a young model named Norma Jean Baker to 20th Century Fox, who after changing her name to Marilyn Monroe, would rise to fame and become the most famous Hollywood sex symbol of the 20th Century.

The Greek America Foundation will include extensive research of the Skouras papers at Stanford University. Following the research, the foundation will produce a one-hour documentary about the life of Skouras, directed by award winning filmmaker Stefanos Sitaras. The foundation is currently seeking funding and additional support. If you are interested in supporting these projects, please email them at info(at)greekamerica.org. They have established a special Skouras Fund that will support the approximately $500,000 necessary to launch and manage all of these projects.


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