Mary Pickford actress/founder of film company

Gladys Louise Smith; professionally known as Mary Pickford, was born April 8, 1892 in Toronto, Canada to her mother Charlotte Hennessey & Father John Charles Smith.

Mary Pickford Parents.

Her children were Ronald Charles Rogers, 1937-2007. Also her daughter Roxanne Rogers, 1944-2007.

She was married 3 times, first to Owen Moore (1911-1920) , Douglas Fairbanks (1920-1936) and then to Charles "buddy" Rogers, who she had her children with (1937-1979).

Mary was know as 'Americas Sweetheart' , she was a said 'legendary' film actress in the age of silent pictures. She usually played young girls, even when she was an adult.

She began preforming at the age of five and took on the nickname 'baby gladys' .

After touring in different shows and productions for more than nine years, she moved to New York to persue Broadway taking the stage name Mary Pickford. She then made her Broadway deput in The Warrens of Virginia.

Some of her earliest works were The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Stella Marie (1918), Daddy-Long-Legs (1919), and Tess of The Storm Country (1922) plus much more.

Along with acting, Pickford also worked behind the scenes as a producer and founded the United Artists, a film company in 1919.

She then went on to help establish the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927.

In 1929 Pickford starred in her first talkie (non silent film) Coquette , which explored the dark side of a wealthy family.

After retiring from acting, she continued to be a part of film making. She worked as producer on such films as One Rainy Afternoon(1936), Susie Steps Out(1946), and Sleep, My Love(1948).

She also was on the board of directors For UA for many years. In her final years, Mary became reclusive. She stayed home at Pickfair while choosing to only see a few select friends. She then died on May 29, 1979, in Santa Monica, California.


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