Mary Pickford

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Mary Pickford was Hollywood's first superstar. As "America's Sweetheart," she was the greatest screen icon of the silent era, virtually defining the role and influence of celebrity within the context of contemporary society. Born Gladys Smith on April 8, 1892, in Toronto, Ontario, she was thrust into show business while still a child following the death of her father, and she toured in a series of road companies under the billing "Baby Gladys." Upon winning a role in Broadway's The Warrens of v*rginia, the 14-year-old was rechristened Mary Pickford by producer David Belasco, and a year later she flirted her way into extra work on D.W. Griffith's 1909 film The Lonely Villa. After earning five dollars for her day of work, Pickford met Griffith's request that she return the following morning with a demand to earn ten dollars daily; the next day she was back on the set, and swiftly emerged as one of the key players in the ... View All »
Age: 87 (age at death)
Born: 8 April 1892, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 29 May 1979, Santa Monica, California
Nationality: Canadian
Claim to Fame: America`s Sweetheart


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1933 Secrets Mary Marlowe, Mary Carlton
1931 Kiki Kiki
1930 Forever Yours -
1930 Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 5 Mary Pickford
1929 Coquette Norma Besant
1929 The Taming of the Shrew Katherine
1927 My Best Girl Maggie Johnson
1927 The Gaucho Virgin Mary
1926 Sparrows Molly
1926 The Black Pirate Princess Isobel in Final Embrace - Cameo Appearance
1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Chariot Race Spectator



I played scrubwomen and secretaries and women of all nationalities... I decided that if I could get into as many pictures as possible, I'd become known, and there would be a demand for my work.


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Nominated for 2 Awards | Won 2

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