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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 ...|
Pickford charmed producer David Belasco on thier first meeting. When he asked, "So you want to be an actress, little girl?", she cagily replied, "No, sir. I have been an actress. I want to be a good actress."
"I think the picture a wonderful business and I will always love it, but I don't know whether it will always love me . . . Nobody in the world is important; the world may miss people for a while, but the world goes on just the same . . . My ambition is to become bigger and better than ever and to retire gracefully at the floodtide of power and live comfortably the rest of my life." --Mary Pickford, quoted by Maude C Pilkington in San Jose Mercury Herald, June 17, 1917.
"For world popularity, [Pickford] is the greatest American, the greatest world citizen ... the world evangel." --From a 1920 St Louis Globe Dispatch
"I never liked one of my pictures in its entirety." --Mary Pickford
"I left the screen because I didn't want what happened to Chaplin to happen to me ... The little girl made me. I wasn't waiting for the little girl to kill me. I'd already been pigeonholed. I know I'm an artist, and that's not being arrogant, because talent comes from God ... My career was planned, there was never anything accidental about it. It was planned, it was painful, it was purposeful. I'm not exactly satisfied, but I'm grateful." --Mary Pickford
Mabel Normand, before her career was ruined by scandal, reputedly responded to an interviewer who asked her hobby as follows: "Don't say 'work'. That's like Mary Pickford, that prissy bitch." Although the interviewer dropped the last three words.
"The first female movie mogul ... perhaps the only female movie mogul." --Scott Eyman writing in his biography "Mary Pickford: America's Sweetheart"
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