Warner Brothers is one of Hollywood's most famous studios. Four brothers founded it in 1923: Jack, Sam, Harry and Albert Warner. Warner Brothers Studios produced some of the most memorable movies in the history of Hollywood, including the world's first talking movie with Al Jolson, The Jazz Singer from 1927.
The first Warner Bros Studio was located in Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard. In 1928, with the success of that famous Al Jolson talking movie, Warners moved to a 110-acre lot in Burbank, California in the San Fernando Valley, where it has been for the past 70 years.
Some of its greatest stars include Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, and Doris Day. Ronald Reagan, who became president of the USA, made his screen debut at Warner's, in 1937's Love in the Air. He also married another Warner's star, the actress Jane Wyman.
If Disney is the best-known animation studio of all, Warner's Looney Tunes cannot be far behind. They have given us such favourite characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Roadrunner and Foghorn Leghorn. The great animator, Chuck Jones, created or helped create many of these - and won three Academy Awards. Another brilliant cartoonist, Tex Avery, also worked for Warners and developed these characters before joining MGM in in 1941.