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Mary Pickford

The First Movie StarCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Hiram Abrams, Mary Pickford, Doug Fairbanks, & Mrs. Pickford
Mary Pickford was the most famous performer from the early days of Hollywood. She was the first true movie star. Before her name became known, theaters enticed her fans into buying tickets posting signs letting people know that their film starred “the girl with the curls,” “the Biograph girl” or “Blondilocks.”
Mary was born in Toronto, Canada, on April 8, 1892. She was of English and Irish descent. She began in the theater at age seven. In 1907, she adopted a family name Pickford and joined the David Belasco troupe. In 1909, she appeared in 40 movies for D.W. Griffith's American Biograph company. In 1913 she joined the Famous Players Film Company of Adolph Zukor. She then joined First National Exhibitor's Circuit in 1918. Since 1919, when she helped to establish United Artists, she worked as a producer and co-founder, with Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., who would become her second husband.
Pickford retired from the screen in 1933 but continued to produce. She died in 1979.
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[Mary Pickford, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left] / Moody, N.Y.

[Mary Pickford, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left] / Moody, N.Y...

Title devised by Library staff. Copyright by Moody, New York.

Little Mary Pickford

Little Mary Pickford

Poster showing head-and-shoulders portrait of Mary Pickford within decorative frame. Title from item. Transfer; LC MBRS; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:114). Accession box no. DLC/PP-2009:114

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, composite of 2 busts, facing left]

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, composite of 2 busts, facing left]

J201337 U.S. Copyright Office. Composite photo copyrighted by Moody, N.Y.C. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. Index; Shelf.

[Mary Pickford, half-length portrait, facing left]

[Mary Pickford, half-length portrait, facing left]

J201371 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Moody, N.Y.

Mary Pickford, 1893-

Mary Pickford, 1893-

Head and shoulders, facing right.

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, full length portrait, standing, facing right, in front of building, holding dog, in movie "Rags" (western), with 3 men and 2 women - Rags Farewell to the West]

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, full length portrait, standing, facing right, i...

L5688 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Motion pictures Stills Rags; BI; Shelf.

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, head and shoulders portrait, holding flowers, facing front]

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, head and shoulders portrait, holding flowers, f...

J201739 U.S. Copyright Office. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI; Shelf.

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, full-length, standing, facing left, left hand on hip]

[Mary Pickford, 1893-, full-length, standing, facing left, left hand o...

J220040 U.S. Copyright Office. No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI; Shelf.

Ceremonies - Camp Funston thru Camp Lee - Mary Pickford is now honorary Col1l of the 143rd Regiment

Ceremonies - Camp Funston thru Camp Lee - Mary Pickford is now honorar...

Original Caption: Mary Pickford is now honorary Col1l of the 143rd Regiment. U.S. Field Artillery, formerly the 1st Regiment. Field Artillery, California. The regimental commander, Col1l Feneuf, with her. The... more

[Mary Pickford writing at a desk] / Hartsook Photo, S.F. - L.A.

[Mary Pickford writing at a desk] / Hartsook Photo, S.F. - L.A.

J229050 U.S. Copyright Office. Title devised by Library staff.

[Mary Pickford, wearing a kimono, reading a letter] / Hartsook Photo, S.F. - L.A.

[Mary Pickford, wearing a kimono, reading a letter] / Hartsook Photo, ...

J229932 U.S. Copyright Office. Title devised by Library staff.

Mary Pickford standing on the running board of an automobile, as chauffeur holds door open

Mary Pickford standing on the running board of an automobile, as chauf...

J229046 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo copyrighted by Hartsook. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photog. I.; Occupations Chauffeur; Automobiles [1918]; PI; Shelf.

[Mary Pickford, wearing a kimono, writing at a desk] / Hartsook Photo, S.F. - L.A.

[Mary Pickford, wearing a kimono, writing at a desk] / Hartsook Photo,...

J229025 U.S. Copyright Office. Title devised by Library staff.

View of central steps of Capitol, where movie stars are selling Liberty Bonds

View of central steps of Capitol, where movie stars are selling Libert...

Photograph shows Mary Pickford and others surrounded by crowd. Title from item.

[D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin (seated) and Douglas Fairbanks at the signing of the contract establishing United Artists motion picture studio]

[D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin (seated) and Douglas Fa...

Title devised by Library staff. Also shows lawyers Albert Banzhaf (left) and Dennis F. O'Brien (right) standing in the background. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collect... more

Heart o' the hills

Heart o' the hills

Motion picture lobby card for "Heart o' the hills" shows a sullen Mary Pickford, surrounded by grandpa, Fred Huntley and others watching her holdings hands with a handsome young man, possibly Fred Warren; an un... more

Doug and Mary are White House visitors

Doug and Mary are White House visitors

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford standing, full-length, outside the White House.

[Mary Pickford, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing left]

[Mary Pickford, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing left]

J248001 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Lumiere(?), N.Y.

Mary Pickford in "Little Lord Fauntleroy"

Mary Pickford in "Little Lord Fauntleroy"

Lobby card showing Mary Pickford about to punch actor Francis Marion during a scene from the film "Little Lord Fauntleroy". Dwight Cleveland Lobby Card Collection. Published in: American women : a Library of Co... more

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Motion picture poster for "Little Lord Fauntleroy" shows party scene with guest watching Littile Lord Fauntleroy, (Mary Pickford), coming down the steps holding his grandfather's hand, (Claude Gillingwater); in... more

[Hollywood set - interior view of palace]

[Hollywood set - interior view of palace]

S-MP-L7-L. Forms part of: Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress).

Mary Pickford in Rosita

Mary Pickford in Rosita

Mary Pickford, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left, holding guitar. Forms part of: Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress).

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[Actress Mary Pickford, a strong supporter of women's rights, buys the first sheet of equal rights seals.]

[Actress Mary Pickford, a strong supporter of women's rights, buys the...

Summary: Informal portrait, half-length, Mary Pickford, seated, facing left with head turned toward camera, wearing a suit and hat, and holding a sheet of Equal Rights seals. Title derived by Library of Congres... more

To me, to you

To me, to you

Description: Pickfords removers load furniture onto a waiting aeroplane...Date: 1948-50..Our Catalogue Reference: RAIL 1133/146 ( http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=6... more

Pickfair, a 56 acre estate in the city of Beverly Hills, California

Pickfair, a 56 acre estate in the city of Beverly Hills, California

Original owners were silent film actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Original house demolished in 1980s, and replaced by a new house. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line:... more

Pickfair, a 56 acre estate in the city of Beverly Hills, California

Pickfair, a 56 acre estate in the city of Beverly Hills, California

Pickfair estate belonged to film actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Original house demolished in 1980s, and replaced by a new house. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line:... more

Mary Pickford star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California

Mary Pickford star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Californi...

Mary Pickford Star was a Canadian American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Title, dat... more

Mary Pickford in Through the back door / The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y.

Mary Pickford in Through the back door / The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y...

Motion picture poster for "Through the back door" showing Mary Pickford pulling on harness of mule.

Mary Pickford in Through the back door / The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y.

Mary Pickford in Through the back door / The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y...

Motion picture poster for "Through the back door" showing Mary Pickford pulling on harness of mule.

Mary Pickford in Through the back door / The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y.

Mary Pickford in Through the back door / The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y...

Motion picture poster for "Through the back door" showing Mary Pickford pulling on harness of mule.