Mary Pickford was the first star of American cinema. Very popular in the era of silent films, Pickford was also a smart businessman and first female movie mogul. She and three other film legends (including one husband Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.) formed United Artists to produce and distribute their work.
In 1953, she sold his share of the company amounted to $ 3 million, the equivalent of nearly $ 30 million in 2019. After divorcing her husband, Pickford fell into hard times, succumbing to alcoholism and a life of seclusion. However, he lived a long life with an intact legacy that will never be forgotten by the film industry.
Between 1917 and 1919, Pickford appeared in films of high quality and at the peak of her career and popularity. He made some of his most famous films and control many aspects of the production. She can choose his scripts and directors, for example. Pickford also helped develop lighting techniques by insisting that Charles Rosher act as a cameraman for each film.
Pickford equally furthered the narrative film technique. Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith on April 8, 1893, in Toronto, Canada. Her father, John Charles Smith, was an alcoholic worker who abandoned his family. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1898 after an accident at work.
Her mother, Charlotte (nee Hennessey) Smith, picked up at the hostel and sewed to support his family, including younger brother Jack and sister Lottie Pickford. One lodger’s Charlotte Smith is the manager of a theater company in Toronto. Although her mother initially suspects involved with the theater, Pickford began working at the age of six to support her family.
She works primarily in the melodrama stock company in Toronto and travels in Canada. Pickford only attends school for three to six months, with Charlotte Smith educate their children at home. Pickford once quipped that roadside billboards taught him how to read. She had no real childhood.