A Canadian who became 'America's Sweetheart'
by Sandy Lindsay

April 8, 2017


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She was known as 'America's Sweetheart' but Mary Pickford was actually Canadian and a force to be reckoned with.

Today, April 8th, marks her 125th birthday (1892).

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto and became one of the most popular actresses of the early 1900s and was known as "Queen of the Movies".

Not only an actress, Pickford went on to co-found the 'Pickford-Fairbanks Studio' with Douglas Fairbanks (whom she married) and then 'United Artists' film studio with Charlie Chaplin.  She was also one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that presents the Oscars today.

According to Wikipedia, she was awarded the second ever Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Coquette (1929) and is ranked as 24th in the list of greatest female stars of classic Hollywood Cinema.

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