EPITAPH : MARY PICKFORD

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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer amongst us. Today we look at American-Canadian Actress, Mary Pickford.

Baby Gladys

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Mary Smith in 1892, in Toronto. At about age five, ‘baby Gladys’ as she was then called, made her stage debut. Not long after beginning her career, young Pickford went on tour and about a decade later, she took the New York theatre scene by storm. The young actress adopted the name Mary Pickford and debuted on Broadway with The Warrens of Virginia.

Mary Pickford the Star

Not long after, Pickford started appearing in movies, following which her fame and popularity only grew. Her audiences loved her in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) and Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Polyanna (1920) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1922) were also absolute successes at the box office. Pickford was establishing her presence on screen as a strong actress and off screen as a cultural icon and America’s sweetheart.

After becoming a star of silent cinema, towards the end of the 20s, Pickford appeared in her first talkie Coquette, for which she won an award. Secrets in 1933 was her last film. However, she did work behind the camera on movies including Susie Steps Out (1946) and Sleep, My Love (1948). Pickford died in 1979.


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