Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

About Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892-May 29, 1979) was a Canadian 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. Because her international fame was triggered by moving images, she is a watershed figure in the history of modern celebrity and, as one of silent film's most important performers and producers, her contract demands were central to shaping the Hollywood industry.

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