Birth date: April 8, 1892
Death date: May 29, 1979
Early influences: Mary Pickford was the founder of film. Between 1912 & 1919, Mary jumped between a variety of studios which increased her pay checks astronomically each time she risked it. Mary worked behind the scenes as a producer and a board member of the United Artist. She was the last of the United Artist to sell her interests in the mid 1950's
Education: Mary only had a few months of structured school and she taught herself how to read and write
Accomplishments: she appeared in 40 different movies for D.W Griffith's American Biography Company. She worked as a producer and Co-founded United Artists, with Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks
Last impact on history: The Mary Pickford Theater at the Library Of Congress was named in Honor of Her.
Gladys Louise Smith was known professionally as Mary Pickford. Mary Pickford was a prolific Canadian-American film actress and producer. She was a co-founder of both the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio. Later Mary founded the United Artists film studio. Mary was known as "America's Sweetheart" and the "girl with the curls"
Pickford was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting. Pickford was one of the earliest stars to be billed under her name and was one of the most popular actresses of the 1910s and 1920s, earning the nickname "Queen of the Movies". Mary was awarded the second ever Academy Award for Best Actress for her first sound-film role in Coquette in 1929. Mary also received an honorary Academy Award in 1976. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute ranked Pickford as 24th in its 1999 list of greatest female stars of classic Hollywood Cinema
Gladys, her mother and two younger siblings toured the United States by rail, performing in third-rate companies and plays. When Gladys was age four, her household was under infectious quarantine, a public health measure. Their devoutly Catholic maternal grandmother, Catherine Faeley Hennessey, asked a visiting Roman Catholic priest to baptize the children. Pickford was at this time baptized as Gladys Marie Smith. She capped her short career in Toronto with the starring role of Little Eva in their production of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Quote: "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."