Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mary Pickford

Portrait photograph, 1914
Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 - May 29, 1979) was a Canadian American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known as "America's Sweetheart," "Little Mary" and "The girl with the curls," she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting.
Because her international fame was triggered by moving images, she is a watershed figure in the history of modern celebrity and, as one of silent film's most important performers and producers, her contract demands were central to shaping the Hollywood industry. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named Pickford 24th among the greatest female stars of all time.

“Went to Batavia this morning but the jury were discharged about half past ten and I left Batavia at 11:10 and got home to dinner.  Took the twine off from the corn after dinner and then Lettie and I went to the Walkley- Coe wedding.  Has been a beautiful day.  We went to rehearsal this evening.”

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