See biography by M. Frady (1996); studies by A. L. Reed, Jr. (1986), E. O. Coulton (1989), A. D. Hertzke (1993), and K. L. Stanford (1997).
In 1916 their company merged with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Film Company to create the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. They built a large studio facility in Astoria, New York. In 1927, Lasky was one of the original thirty-six who founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Financial problems arose within the industry as a result of the Great Depression and the Famous Players-Lasky Company went into receivership in 1932. Jesse Lasky then partnered with Mary Pickford to produce films but within a few years she dissolved their business relationship. Lasky then found work as a producer at one of the big studios until 1945 when he formed his own production company. He made his last film in 1951 and in 1957 published his autobiography, "I Blow My Own Horn."
Lasky died in 1958 of a heart attack in Beverly Hills. During 1957-1958 four other movie producers died including Louis B. Mayer, Harry Cohn, Al Lichtman, and Louis K. Sidney. Lasky was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, adjacent to Paramount Studios, in Hollywood.