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Samuel "Steve" Broidy (1905-1991) was born in Malden, Massachusetts, and attended Boston University. He entered the film industry as a salesman with the Franklin Film Company in 1925, moved to Universal in 1926, and in 1931 began working for Warner Bros. He joined Monogram in 1933 as Boston sales manager and in 1940 was elected to the board of directors and named vice president and general sales manager. Broidy became vice president in charge of operations early in 1945 and later that year was named president. He remained president of Monogram (later Allied Artists) until 1965, when he left to form his own company, Motion Pictures International. As an independent, Broidy produced "Good Times" (1967), "The Fox" (1968), and "80 Steps to Jonah" (1969). An active philanthropist, he received the Academy's 1962 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and was founding life chairman of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Broidy served on the Academy Board of Governors from June 1960 through May 1969 (second vice president, 1967-1968).