Gladys Louise Smith, known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian-American film actress, writer, director, and producer.
She was a co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Facts about Mary Pickford:
She was known as "America’s sweetheart."She was the first star of American cinema.
Mary Pickford was born on April 8, 1892, in Toronto. She died on May 29, 1979, in Santa Monica, California.
In 1929, Pickford starred in her first talkie Coquette, which explored the dark side of a wealthy family.
She won an Academy Award for her work on the film. Her last film was 1933’s Secrets.
Pickford was also a savvy businesswoman and the first female movie mogul.
She served as a vice president at United Artists from 1935 until 1937
The American Film Institute named her as the 24th greatest female stars of all time.
She started acting very young and traveled across America with her mother and 2 siblings performing in low-budget local productions.
Pickford and Charlie Chaplin were by far cinemas biggest stars during the 1910s
Her handprints and footprints are displayed at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.