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Mary was America's Sweetheart; NOSTALGIA.

THE silent movie era turned Mary Pickford into Hollywood's first million dollar actress. The star of early movies like Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm, Pollyanna and Poor Little Rich Girl once said: "Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo."

She began life as Gladys Smith in Toronto in Canada and went on to become one of the world's biggest film stars, earning her the title of America's Sweetheart.

She divorced her first husband, Irish-born actor Owen Moore, and married film star Douglas Fairbanks a few days later. Tinseltown's golden couple headed to Europe for their honeymoon and showered crowds with roses when they stayed at the Ritz Hotel in London.

The couple also became the first celebrities to have their hand and footprints immortalised in cement at Gauman's Chinese Theatre.

The two film stars set up home in Beverly Hills on an 18-acre estate that became known as Pickfair - a combination of both their names. It was the original Hollywood mansion and was often filled with celebrities and the biggest names in the rapidly growing movie industry. Their many famous guests included Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, scientist Albert Einstein, pilot Amelia Earhart, sci-fi writer HG Wells and Lord Mountbatten.

Mary once said: "We were pioneers in a brand-new medium. Everything's fun when you're young."

The petite blonde became one of Hollywood's most powerful figures and, on June 24, 1916, signed a contract with the Famous Players film company - which later became Paramount Pictures - for a record-breaking $10,000-aweek salary and production control of her films. It was an important step for the Canadian who began acting when she was a child as Baby Gladys and she later headed to the bright lights of Broadway.

Her career really took off when pioneering movie director DW Griffith hired her. He offered her $5 a day to work for him and she pushed him up to $10.

Mary later formed United Artists Corporation with him, her husband Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin to produce and distribute their films.

She married a third time to Charles "Buddy" Rogers in 1937, but died a virtual recluse in 1979 at the age of 87. "I saw Hollywood born and I've seen it die," she once declared.

| ||HAPPY COUPLE: Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2016
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