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Mary Pickford (1892–1979)

Born: Gladys Marie Smith
April 8, 1892

Mary-PickfordAppearing in over 150 silent shorts from 1909 to 1913, Canadian-born Mary Pickford became known as “America’s Sweetheart”. Her immense popularity during the early years of film and her  founding of United Artists in 1919 with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks furthered Pickford’s importance and influence in Hollywood as a film producer. Continuing her work as an actress throughout the silent era, Pickford appeared in an additional 50+ mostly feature-length films and five “talkies” from 1929 to 1933. Though none of he films appear on the 1001 list, some of her most notable films include: Tess of the Storm Country (1914), The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Daddy-Long-Legs (1919), Pollyanna (1920), and Coquette (1929) in which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress (Klaus Ming March 2013).


4 comments on “Mary Pickford (1892–1979)

  1. TSorensen

    Just crazy she does not have a single entry on the list. An actress of her stature ought to have been represented.
    I did not know that she continued into the talkies.

    • Klaus

      Yeah, it is kind of crazy. I’m watching Coquette this morning. I kind see why she didn’t do much after sound was introduced. More in the review to follow.

  2. Bea

    I highly recommend My Best Girl, a 1927 silent starring Pickford and Buddy Rogers, whom she would later marry. It’s a whole lot of fun.

    • Klaus

      I’ll take a look – thanks!

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