Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies
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In the early days of cinema, when actors were unbilled and unmentioned in credits, audiences immediately noticed Mary Pickford. Moviegoers everywhere were riveted by her magnetic talent and appeal as she rose to become cinema’s first great star.
In this engaging collection, copublished with the Library of Congress, an eminent group of film historians sheds new light on this icon’s incredible life and legacy. Pickford emerges from the pages in vivid detail. She is revealed as a gifted actress, a philanthropist, and a savvy industry leader who fought for creative control of her films and ultimately became her own producer.
This beautifully designed volume features more than two hundred color and black and white illustrations, including photographs and stills from the collections of the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Together with the text, they paint a fascinating portrait of a key figure in American cinematic history.
Christel Schmidt is a film historian, writer, and editor. She was awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on Mary Pickford and is coeditor of Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture.
An anthology of outstanding writing, past and present, about one of the most important figures in film history, addressing previously neglected aspects of her career, and adding to our overall knowledge. I think it will be an important book, both for contemporary readers and for posterity. -- J. B. Kaufman -- author of South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948
"There are over 200 gorgeously reproduced images, in the beautiful grays of the silent era, and the richly colored lithographies of posters and magazine covers--plus the revelation of the colors in Pickford's costumes."--Library Journal
“Exquisite and rare photographs from Pickford’s archives at the Library and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and photos of her costumes now held by the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, punctuate a collection of essays on various aspects of Pickford’s career.”--Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy