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June Mathis

Screenwriter, producer, film studio executive

June Mathis is ...


Born 30 January 1887 in Leadville
Died 26 July 1927 in New York City
Age 40 years, 6 months
Cause myocardial infarction

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation screenwriter and film producer

About June Mathis

June Mathis was a trailblazing figure in the early days of Hollywood, a screenwriter, producer, and film studio executive who helped shape the industry in its formative years. Born on January 30, 1887, in Leadville, Colorado, Mathis began her career as a writer for the stage before making the leap to the silver screen.

After moving to Los Angeles in the early 1910s, Mathis quickly established herself as a talented writer and producer, working on a series of successful films for studios like Metro Pictures and Goldwyn Pictures. In 1921, she joined the newly-formed studio MGM, where she would make her biggest mark on the industry.

As head of the studio's scenario department, Mathis was responsible for overseeing the development of some of MGM's most iconic films, including "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" and "Ben-Hur." She was known for her keen eye for talent, and helped launch the careers of stars like Rudolph Valentino and Joan Crawford.

Mathis was also a trailblazer in her personal life, becoming one of the first women to hold a high-ranking position in Hollywood. She was a vocal advocate for women's rights, and used her position of power to push for greater representation and opportunities for women in the industry.

Sadly, Mathis's life was cut short when she died of a heart attack in 1927, at the age of just 40. But her legacy lived on, and she remains an important figure in the history of Hollywood.


- "June Mathis: The Woman Who Invented Hollywood," by Cari Beauchamp, Vanity Fair, March 2018.

- "June Mathis: The Forgotten Female Pioneer of Hollywood," by Caroline Siede, /Film, March 2018.

- "June Mathis: The Woman Who Made Hollywood," by Emily Carney, The Hollywood Reporter, March 2018.

About Death

After Valentino's marriage with Rambova ended in 1925, the two reconciled at the premiere of Son of the Sheik when Valentino spotted Mathis with friends. When Valentino unexpectedly died in August 1926, Mathis offered up what she thought would be a temporary solution; she lent him her spot in the family crypt she had purchased in Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called the Hollywood Forever Cemetery). However, when Mathis herself died the following year, the arrangement became permanent.

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