Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known as "America's Sweetheart,", "Little Mary" and "The girl with the curls," she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting.

Because her international fame was triggered by moving images, she is a watershed figure in the history of modern celebrity and, as one of silent film's most important performers and producers, her contract demands were central to shaping the Hollywood industry. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named Pickford 24th among the greatest female stars of all time.

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Make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise.... I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.
Mary Pickford (1893-1979), U.S. actor. As quoted in The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume III: Actors and Actresses, by Elaine Mancini (1986).
One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man's privacy.
Mary Pickford (1893-1979), U.S. actor. Sunshine and Shadow, ch. 22 (1955). On the publicity that surrounded her break from her second husband, actor Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939). He had become quite publicly involved with another woman.
It was occasions like this that made me more resolved than ever that my family would someday know real security. I never for a moment doubted that I myself would ultimately provide it for them.
Mary Pickford (1893-1979), U.S. actor. Sunshine and Shadow, ch. 6 (1955). Speaking of spring 1909, when she was sixteen. Her widowed mother and younger sister and brother, as well as she, acted on the New York stage and also toured with shows. There was very little money; they dreaded the touring, which economic necessity forced upon them, because it meant separation. By spring 1909, after a period together in New York City, they once again had to seek work on tour. Pickford's assumption of responsibility for the whole family extended back to her father's death when she was five. Ultimately, she would become a hugely popular movie star who was notorious for driving a hard business bargain.

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