Who Was the Real Marjorie Post? ‘Unfrosted’ Movie Has Us Asking

Unfrosted Max Greenfield, Amy Schumer, 2024
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Jerry Seinfeld‘s comedy Unfrosted came out this past weekend and it left viewers with some questions. While the movie is based on the true story of the race between two cereal giants to create Pop-Tarts in the 1960s, most of the movie is pure fiction and silliness. However, some of the characters are based on real people like Marjorie Post, played by comedian Amy Schumer.

Post was indeed in charge of the breakfast company and was one of the first female executives. She also became one of the wealthiest women in the United States. The infamous Mar-a-Lago, now known for being Trump’s hangout was built for Post and her husband, E.F. Hutton. After she passed away in 1973 at 86 years old, Mar-A-Lago was given to the federal government.

Marjorie Merriweather Post on May 23, 1969 in New York, New York

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Then in 1981, the property was returned back to the Post Foundation after it proved too costly to maintain. For a while, her three daughters held on to the Post legacy and company but have all since passed away too. These days, both the Post and Kellogg companies are publicly traded so any remaining family members do not have control over the companies.

While Post was based on a real person, the CEO of the Kellogg Company in Unfrosted was a bit more fiction than fact. The CEO in the film is named Edsel Kellogg III (played by Jim Gaffigan) but in reality, the CEO at that time was a man named William E. LaMothe. He passed away at the age of 95 in 2022.

Have you seen Unfrosted yet? Let us know what you thought about the movie!

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