|Mary Pickford Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 0½ in|
|Date of Birth||April 8, 1892|
|Date of Death||May 29, 1979|
Mary Pickford was a Canadian actor, producer, screenwriter, and businessperson whose career spanned 5 decades. One of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, she went on to become one of the most popular actors of the 1910s and 1920s, earning the nickname “Queen of the Movies”. She co-founded Pickford-Fairbanks Studios and United Artists as well as was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Gladys Marie Smith
Mary Pickford, Baby Gladys, The Girl with the Golden Hair, The Glad Girl, America’s Sweetheart, Little Mary, Goldielocks, The Girl with the Curls, The Biograph Girl
She was born on April 8, 1892.
On May 29, 1979, Pickford passed away at the age of 87 in Santa Monica, California, United States. She died due to complications from a cerebral hemorrhage she had suffered the week before.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, United States
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Businessperson
- Father – John Charles Smith (Worked a variety of odd jobs) (Died in 1898 from a blood clot caused by a workplace accident)
- Mother – Charlotte Hennessey (Seamstress, Silent Film Actor)
- Siblings – Lottie Pickford (Younger Sister) (Silent Film Actor, Socialite) (Died on December 9, 1936, aged 43), Jack Pickford (Younger Brother) (Actor, Director, Producer) (Died on January 3, 1933, aged 36)
- Others – Mary Pickford Rupp (Niece), Joseph Smith (Paternal Grandfather), Sarah Key (Paternal Grandmother), John Hennessy/Hennessey (Maternal Grandfather), Catherine Faeley (Maternal Grandmother)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, her net worth was $40 Million.
5 ft 0½ in or 153.5 cm
48 kg or 106 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Mary Pickford had dated –
- Frank Borzage
- William Desmond Taylor
- Marshall Neilan
- Kenneth MacKenna
- Owen Moore (1911-1920) – She got married to Irish-born silent film actor Owen Moore on January 7, 1911, and it is rumored that she became pregnant by Moore in the early 1910s and had either a miscarriage or an abortion. After living together on and off for several years, they divorced on March 2, 1920, after she agreed to his $100,000 demand for a settlement.
- Thomas Meighan (1917)
- Douglas Fairbanks Sr. – Mary Pickford met actor and filmmaker Douglas Fairbanks at a party in 1916 and they soon started dating. The duo toured the U.S. together in 1918 to promote Liberty Bond sales for the World War I effort. On March 28, 1920, they got married and it was described as the “marriage of the century”. They were referred to as the King and Queen of Hollywood and were regarded as “Hollywood royalty”. However, the couple separated when Fairbanks’ romance with Sylvia, Lady Ashley became public in the early 1930s and Douglas Fairbanks and Pickford divorced on January 10, 1936.
- Leslie Howard (1933) – RUMOR
- Craig Reynolds (February 1936 – June 1937)
- Charles “Buddy” Rogers (1937) – She married actor and bandleader Charles “Buddy” Rogers on June 24, 1937, and they adopted 2 children – Roxanne (b. 1944, adopted 1944) and Ronald Charles (b. 1937, adopted 1943 ) (a.k.a. Ronnie Pickford Rogers). Although both children said that their mother was too self-absorbed to provide real maternal love, Ronnie recalled in 2003 that “Things didn’t work out that much, you know. But I’ll never forget her. I think that she was a good woman.” Mary and Rogers remained together until her death in 1979.
Race / Ethnicity
Mary Pickford was of English and Irish descent.
The most renowned female star of the silent film era
Mary Pickford Facts
- Her father was an alcoholic who abandoned the family.
- She suffered from the flu during the 1918 flu pandemic.
- Mary Pickford is known for defining the ‘ingénue’ type in cinema.
- On February 8, 1960, she was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Pickford intended to have all of her films destroyed after her death but was convinced not to do that.
Featured Image by Rufus Porter Moody / United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division / Public Domain