Canadian Christian Scientists: Mary Pickford Books LLC

ISBN: 9781156236963

Published: May 31st 2010


38 pages


Canadian Christian Scientists: Mary Pickford  by  Books LLC

Canadian Christian Scientists: Mary Pickford by Books LLC
May 31st 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 38 pages | ISBN: 9781156236963 | 10.28 Mb

Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-born 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 Americas 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 films most important performers and producers, her contract demands were central to shaping the Hollywood industry.

In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named Pickford 24th among the greatest female stars of all time. Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario. Her father, John Charles Smith, was the son of English Methodist immigrants, and worked a variety of odd jobs.

Her mother, Charlotte Hennessy, was Irish Catholic. She had two younger siblings, Jack and Lottie Pickford, who would also become actors. To please the relatives, Pickfords mother baptized her in both the Methodist and Catholic churches (and used the opportunity to change her middle name to Mary).

She was raised Roman Catholic after her father, an alcoholic, left his family in 1895, and died three years later of a cerebral hemorrhage. Hennessy, who had worked as a seamstress throughout the separation, began taking in boarders. Through one of these lodgers, the seven-year-old Pickford won a bit part at Torontos Princess Theatre in a stock company production of The Silver King.

She subsequently acted in many melodramas with the Valentine Company in Toronto, ... More:

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