William Fox (born Vilmos Fried on this day in 1879), was, like Marcus Loew, a furrier who opened a chain of vaudeville and movie houses. He bought out most of the Poli chain in 1913, and two years later went into production, forming the Fox Film Corporation, which merged with the 20th Century Films Company twenty years later. How singularly bizarre that in the 21st Century, the brand based on the professional name of this immigrant entrepreneur would be most closely associated with an arch conservative television network he never had anything to do with! Life’s twists and turns never cease to amaze.
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