Lottie Pickford
Actress
Lottie Pickford
Lottie Pickford was a Canadian-born silent film actress, socialite, and sister to Mary Pickford and Jack Pickford. Her career is often overshadowed by that of her siblings and though she was a notable figure in the 1920s her films and role in the Pickford acting family is now largely forgotten. Perhaps one of her best known roles was in The Diamond from the Sky directed by William Desmond Taylor in 1915.
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    FORTIES
  • 1936
    Age 40
    On December 6, 1936, Pickford suffered a heart attack at the age of 43.
    More Details Hide Details She was said to have been in failing health for three years, related to alcohol abuse. She died at her home in Beverly Hills. Her funeral was held on December 13 at Wee Kirk o' the Heather Church in Glendale, California. She is buried in the Pickford family plot in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1933
    Age 37
    They divorced in February 1933 on charges of "extreme cruelty" by her husband.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Pickford married a Pittsburgh society man named John William Lock.
  • 1929
    Age 33
    On July 22, 1929, she married Russel O. Gillard, an undertaker from Los Angeles.
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  • 1927
    Age 31
    She obtained a divorce from Forrest in Paris in 1927.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1922
    Age 26
    Lottie Pickford did marry again, to actor Allan Forrest in January 1922.
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  • 1920
    Age 24
    For unknown reasons, Pickford allowed her mother Charlotte to legally adopt her daughter, who was renamed Gwynne in 1920.
    More Details Hide Details Pickford did not comment to the press on the matter, other than to say she would never marry again. Gwynne lived with her grandmother until Charlotte, Sr.'s death in 1928. At that time, Gwynne's aunt Mary Pickford took custody of her. This arrangement lasted until Gwynne married radio announcer Hugh "Bud" Ernst in June 1939.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1915
    Age 19
    The couple had a daughter in 1915, Mary Pickford Rupp (who would be later renamed Gwynne Rupp). The couple separated in 1919 and divorced the following year.
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    On an unknown date in 1915, before the release of The Diamond from the Sky, Pickford quietly married New York broker Alfred Rupp.
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    Pickford performed in only five roles between 1915 and 1918, when she took a break from acting.
    More Details Hide Details She divorced her first husband. She next appeared in the starring role in 1921's They Shall Pay in which co-starred Allan Forrest, her future husband. Pickford again took several years' time off from acting before returning in a minor role in the 1924 film Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall. Her final role was opposite her brother-in-law Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in Don Q Son of Zorro in 1925. During her career, Pickford starred in eight features, while her brother starred in over forty features. Pickford was a socialite and partying was her first love. She and her brother Jack both struggled with alcoholism later in life. Her parties were legendary and lasted until morning; drugs and alcohol were plentiful, as was nudity. Pickford's maid recalled that when they heard Mary's car pulling in, Pickford and her friends would "Jump into their knickers!" Despite her reputation as a party girl, Pickford was considered to be down to earth, friendly, sweet, and unpretentious.
    In 1915, Pickford appeared in Fanchon, the Cricket, opposite both her siblings.
    More Details Hide Details It is the only film in which all three Pickford siblings appear. It was thought lost until rediscovered in the 20th century at the British Film Institute. Pickford starred in The Diamond from the Sky serial (1915) although, to her humiliation, she was only given the role after Mary turned it down. A Photoplay article from around the time of the release declared her "Pickford The Second!" and compared her to her sister, albeit as a worthy sequel. The serial was jeopardized when she became pregnant. This incident put her on the unofficial Hollywood blacklist for a short time.
  • 1914
    Age 18
    Away from her elder sister, Pickford's first starring role came in 1914 in The House of Bondage.
    More Details Hide Details It was a vice film, with Pickford playing a prostitute. This greatly contrasted her sister's role as "America's Sweetheart". The film did not receive good reviews, being considered too crude.
  • 1909
    Age 13
    Mary signed with D.W. Griffith's Biograph Company in 1909 and also secured work for her siblings.
    More Details Hide Details Between 1909 and 1910, Mary made eighty shorts, Jack made twenty-eight, and Lottie made twenty-five. Of the three Pickfords, Lottie's talents were considered the weakest. Actress Linda Arvidson said Mary had decided her sister was not pretty enough for films, and had done her best to keep her away from Biograph. When the Biograph Company departed for California, Lottie Pickford and her mother were left behind. She would eventually join her sister in California.
  • 1907
    Age 11
    In 1907, Mary adopted the stage name 'Mary Pickford'.
    More Details Hide Details The rest of the family adopted the Pickford name by the time they began appearing in films.
  • OTHER
  • 1893
    Age -3
    Born on June 9, 1893.
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