Mary Pickford

Born Apr 9, 1892

Mary Pickford 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. Known as "America's Sweetheart," "Little Mary" and "The girl with the curls," she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting.… Read More

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1892 Birth Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in 1892 (although she would later claim 1893 or 1894 as her year of birth) at 211 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. … Read More


On April 19, 1909, the Biograph Company director D. W. Griffith screen-tested her at the company's New York studio for a role in the nickelodeon film, Pippa Passes. … Read More
1910 18 Years Old Pickford left Biograph in December 1910. … Read More
1911 19 Years Old Pickford was married three times. She married Owen Moore, an Irish-born silent film actor, on January 7, 1911. … Read More


1912 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Unhappy with their creative standards, Pickford returned to work with Griffith in 1912. … Read More
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In 1913, she decided to work exclusively in film. … Read More
Her appeal was summed up two years later by the February 1916 issue of Photoplay as "luminous tenderness in a steel band of gutter ferocity".
1918 26 Years Old In August 1918, Pickford's contract expired and, when refusing Zukor's terms for a renewal, she was offered $250,000 to leave the motion picture business. … Read More
1919 27 Years Old In 1919, Pickford, along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, formed the independent film production company United Artists. … Read More
In 1920, Pickford's film Pollyanna grossed around $1,100,000.


1923 31 Years Old The following year, Pickford's film Little Lord Fauntleroy was also a success, and in 1923, Rosita grossed over $1,000,000 as well. … Read More
1928 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Pickford had already cut her hair in the wake of her mother's death in 1928. … Read More


1933 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1933, Pickford underwent a Technicolor screen test for an animated/live action film version of Alice in Wonderland, but Walt Disney discarded the project when Paramount released its own version of the book. … Read More
1936 44 Years Old …  They divorced January 10, 1936. … Read More
1937 45 Years Old On June 24, 1937, Pickford married her third and last husband, actor and band leader Buddy Rogers. … Read More


1959 67 Years Old She appeared in court in 1959, in a matter pertaining to her co-ownership of North Carolina TV station WSJS-TV. … Read More
1976 84 Years Old In addition to her Oscar as best actress for Coquette (1929), Mary Pickford received an Academy Honorary Award in 1976 for lifetime achievement. … Read More
1979 87 Years Old On May 29, 1979, Pickford died at a Santa Monica, California hospital of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage she had suffered the week before. … Read More
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