- When she was five years old, her father suffered an accident on the job. So her mother became the family's economic mainstay. Her mother rented a room to the manager of the Cummings Stock Company of Toronto. This man who suggested Mary to be cast in a play. On January 8, 1900 , this is her first time to stage debut at Toronto’s Princess Theatre. Then she started to perform a drama in Canada. At the suggestion of theatrical producer David Belasco, Gladys Smith became ‘Mary Pickford.’ On April 20, 1909, Mary performed in her first film – a small role as a ten-year-old girl. Mary got her first starring role in a Biograph short on April 24, 1909.
On January 1911, Mary started her first IMP short. On December 1912, she was chosen by David Belasco to act in his new film 'A Good Little Devil'. She debuted as Julia in A Good Little Devil at Belasco’s Republic Theatre, and receives glowing reviews on January 9, 1913. Her fame soars and her salary is doubled to $1000 a week because of the film 'Tess of the Storm Country' released to great success and it made her become the world’s highest-paid actress on March 20, 1914. After that she continued to make a lot of films and she was often called the queen of the film. On August 1916, she is the first movie star to form her own production company. On 1929, she won the best actress and won the Oscar prize in 1976.