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Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

Queen of the Movies

Edited by Christel Schmidt

Contributions by Molly Haskell, Eileen Whitfield, Kevin Brownlow, Christel Schmidt, Alison Trope, Beth Werling, Christel Schmidt, Eileen Whitfield, Elizabeth Binggeli, Edward Wagenknecht, James Card and Christel Schmidt

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

288 Pages, 9.00 x 12.00 x 0.00 in, 228 color images

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813136479
  • Published: November 2012



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.