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Mary 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.
Hiram Abrams, Mary Pickford, Doug Fairbanks, & Mrs. Pickford
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Little Mary Pickford

Poster showing head-and-shoulders portrait of Mary Pickford within decorative frame.

Mary Pickford, 1893-

Head and shoulders, facing right.

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

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

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

Photograph shows Mary Pickford and others surrounded by crowd.

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

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

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".

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

Mary Pickford in Rosita

Mary Pickford, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left, holding guitar.

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

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.

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.

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