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|Also Known As:||Died:||May 29, 1979|
|Born:||April 8, 1893||Cause of Death:||cerebral hemorrhage|
|Birth Place:||Toronto, Ontario, CA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Acted in touring stage melodramas from the age of six
Wheedled an interview with New York stage impressario David Belasco who christened her Mary Pickford (one of Gladys' family names); NYC debut for Belasco, "The Warrens of Virginia"
Entered the movies, engaged by D W Griffith at Biograph; first film, "The Lonely Villa"; Griffith offered her five dollars a day "when he needed her" but she held out for a guarantee of $25 a week and "extra when I work extra"
Achieved star status in the wake of people inquiring about the 'Little Mary' they'd seen in so many movies
Briefly left Griffith for Independent
While at Independent, scripted 11-minute "The Dream", directed by Thomas H Ince; acted in it along with then-husband Owen Moore
Did five films for the Majestic company
Briefly returned to Biograph; left to resume stage career
Returned to films with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players (Edwin S Porter, director-general) at $500 per week; first film, an adaptation of her Broadway success for Belasco, "A Good Little Devil" (1914), directed by Porter
Produced and starred in Allan Dwan's "The Foundling", one of a dozen Pickford features released that year
Earned $10,000 a week, plus a percentage of the profit from her films
Acted in two Cecil B DeMille films, "The Little American" and "A Romance of the Redwoods"
First film with director Marshall 'Mickey' Neilan, "A Little Princess", playing a 12-year old at age 24
Screenwriter Frances Marion wrote scenarios for nine of the eleven films in which Pickford starred; Marion would write 17 in all
Along with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, attracted the largest crowds for WWI Liberty Bond drives
Acted in three films directed by William Desmond Taylor and three by Neilan
Starred in Neilan's "Daddy Long Legs"
Left Zukor, signing with First National for $675,000 a year, plus fifty percent of the gross
Co-founded United Artists with Fairbanks, Griffith and Chaplin
Directed by brother Jack (and Alfred E Green) in "Through the Back Door"
Starred in Marion's directing debut, "The Love Light"
Acted in Ernst Lubitsch's first American film, "Rosita"; Pickford had brought Lubitsch to America in an effort to adopt a more mature screen attitude
Last film with Neilan, "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall"
On a visit to the Soviet Union, director Sergei Komorov persuaded her to kiss a local actor, captured the event on celluloid and built an entire film around it ("A Kiss From Mary Pickford")
With Fairbanks, became the first stars to press their footprints into concrete at Grauman's Chinese
Made cameo appearance as 'Our Lady of the Shrine' in "The Gaucho", starring Fairbanks
Acted in first talking film, "Coquette", winning her "tainted" Best Actress Oscar; since she was married to the Academy's president (Fairbanks), Pickford had campaigned hard for the statuette, at one point inviting the members of the Central Board of Judges over to Pickfair for tea; the resulting controversy brought down the Board of Judges and led to direct voting by the membership
Starred opposite Fairbanks in the disastrous "The Taming of the Shrew", containing the infamous credit, "By William Shakespeare, with additional dialogue by Sam Taylor"
Made last film, "Secrets", directed by Frank Borzage who replaced a dismissed Neilan
Served as vice-president of United Artists
Produced Rouben Mamoulian's "The Gay Desperado"
Last producing credit, Douglas Sirk's "Sleep, My Love"
With Chaplin, sold share of United Artists, having previously bought-out (and out-lived) both Fairbanks and Griffith; according to Chaplin, an earlier and better opportunity was lost when Pickford balked at having to wait two years for $7 million
Presented with honorary Academy Award
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