Gladys Louise Smith was born on April 8, 1892 in Toronto. The Canadian beauty (of Irish and English descent) would go on to become a household name and American film legend as Mary Pickford.
America’s Sweetheart began in the theater at age seven, when she toured with her family. During this time, she was nicknamed Baby Gladys Smith.
Mary Pickford was married three times and divorced twice. She was married to actor/writer Owen Moore from 1911-1920, legendary actor/writer/producer Douglas Fairbanks from 1920-1936, and to Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers from 1937 to her death in 1979. They had two children.
Below are more fast facts about this groundbreaking and phenomenal actress:
- She was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr’s Stepmother
Probably the silent era’s best-known and most-loved actress.
Formed United Artists company with Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Charles Chaplin.
- Mary Pickford was the first actress to receive a percentage of a film’s earnings.
The first artist to have her name in marquee lights and is often described as the world’s first “International” Star.
She turned down the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, which (of course) went to Gloria Swanson.
- The house she lived in in Hollywood was named Pickfair (in tribute to her and Douglas Fairbanks).
- She and Douglas Fairbanks were the first stars to officially place hand and footprints in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Her last silent movie was the romance comedy My Best Girl (1927).
Coquette (in 1929) was her first talkie.
- Was Joan Crawford’s mother-in-law, while Crawford was married to Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
She was the 2nd actress to receive an Academy Award when she won the Best Actress Oscar for Coquette at The 2nd Academy Awards on April 3, 1930.
In her autobiography, Sunshine and Shadow, Mary Pickford reveals that as a child, she would buy a single rose and eat the petals. She believed they would make her as beautiful as the rose.
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