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Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

D.O.B.: April 9, 1893 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

D.O.D.: May 29, 1979 (Santa Monica, CA)

Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage

Location: Forest Lawn Glendale; Garden of Memory

Biographical Notes:

Despite her stage successes money was short, so Mary's mother convinced her to work in the "Flickers" between stage productions.

Mary then signed a contract with the a new studio in New York called Biograph in 1908. The boss of this studio was director D.W. Griffith who was to be Mary's mentor.

By 1910 Mary was already more famous for her movie work then for her stage acting. In 1912 Mary introduced Mr. Griffith to her friends Lillian and Dorothy Gish whom she met while working on the stage. Pickford left Biograph when D.W. Griffith began using Lillian as a possible threat to Mary's career.

In 1917 Mary went on a nation wide tour to sell Liberty Bonds during World War I. While touring she met her future husband Doug Fairbanks the dashing swash buckler of the movies.

In 1919 in an era when most women didn't even work Mary co founded United Artists Studios with Doug Fairbanks, his friend Charlie Chaplain, and her old boss D.W. Griffith.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford named their home "PickFair" a combination of their last names. Their home soon became the social Mecca of Hollywood and was known to have the most stylish parties and guests. Sadly the marriage was never really a happy one and the couple separated in 1929 and later divorced in 1936.

In 1937 Mary married her frequent costar Charles "Buddy" Rogers who was also a musician.

Appeared In:

"Coquette" (1929)

"Pollyanna" (1920)

"Captain Kidd Jr." (1919)

"The Poor Little Rich Girl" (1917)

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" (1917)

 

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