Mary Pickford

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One of the first and most popular leading actors of the silent era, Mary Pickford defined the concept of "movie star" for millions of fans and remains a unique pioneer in the world of motion pictures. A founding member of the Academy, she also formed United Artists (along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and future husband Douglas Fairbanks) and appeared in some of the most-loved classics of the silent era including Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Sparrows, Stella Maris, My Best Girl and Polyanna. The second Best Actress Oscar winner, she was also renowned for her charity work and remained a favorite of the American public long after her retirement from the screen in 1933. Now with treasures from the Academy Film Archive and the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library, let's take a look at the life and career of a Hollywood icon whose groundbreaking achievements remain an inspiration today.

America's Sweetheart
Mary Pickford's card
LENA AND THE GEESE
THE NEW YORK HAT
The Universal Weekly
The Ladies' World
Scrapbooking in 1914-16
Mary and her mother
Film legends in 1918
THE LITTLE AMERICAN
Mary and Cecil B. DeMille
Mary and her niece
A LITTLE PRINCESS
United Artists is born
Pickford-Fairbanks Studios
Creating a dressing room
Drawn by Chaplin
TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY
THIEF OF BAGDAD
LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY
After Valentino's funeral
Scrapbook from 1925-26
at the Chinese Theatre
Relief fund charity event
Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Her final film: SECRETS
Chicago World's Fair
With Ernst Lubitsch
with Chinese soldiers
entertaining American soldiers
25th Academy Awards
A Salute to Mary Pickford
Drawing by Bob Harman
Ongoing partnership
A 2013 discovery