MARY PICK­FORD

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“Amer­ica’s sweet­heart” was re­ally a Cana­dian, born Gla­dys Louise Smith in 1892 at Toronto. She was ar­guably the big­gest star of the silent film era and had a ma­jor im­pact on the in­dus­try when she, to­gether with fel­low stars Char­lie Chap­lin and Dou­glas Fair­banks, founded the United Artists film stu­dio, for the first time giv­ing ac­tors un­par­al­leled pow­ers in pro­duc­ing films. She won an Academy Award in 1929 for her first “talkie” film, Co­quette. Pick­ford died in 1979.

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