Biography

Mary Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies. In 1907, she adopted a family name Pickford and joined the David Belasco troupe, appearing in the long-running The Warrens of Virginia". She began in films in 1909 with the 'American Mutoscope & Biograph [us]', working with director D.W. Griffith. For a short time in 1911, to earn more money, she joined the IMP Film Co. under Carl Laemmle. She returned to Biograph in 1912, and, in 1913 joined the Famous Players Film Company under Adolph Zukor. She then joined First National Exhibitor's Circuit in 1918. In 1919 she helped to establish United Artists.

Date of Death 29 May 1979, Santa Monica, California (cerebral hemorrhage)

Mary Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies. In 1907, she adopted a family name Pickford and joined the David Belasco troupe, appearing in the long-running The Warrens of Virginia". She began in films in 1909 with the 'American Mutoscope & Biograph [us]', working with director D.W. Griffith. For a short time in 1911, to earn more money, she joined the IMP Film Co. under Carl Laemmle. She returned to Biograph in 1912, and, in 1913 joined the Famous Players Film Company under Adolph Zukor. She then joined First National Exhibitor's Circuit in 1918. In 1919 she helped to establish United Artists.

Date of Death 29 May 1979, Santa Monica, California (cerebral hemorrhage)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 234

Birthday 1892-04-08

Day of Death 1979-05-29

Place of Birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Also Known As

  • Baby Gladys
  • Gladys Marie Smith
  • Catherine Hennessey
  • Dorothy Nicholson
  • Gladys Nicholson
  • Baby Gladys Smith
  • Gladys Marie Smith

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2013 The Birth of the Tramp as Herself (archive footage)
2008 Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies as Herself (archive footage)
2003 Chaplin Today: The Gold Rush as Herself (archive footage)
2002 D.W. Griffith - Years of Discovery 1909-1913
1999 Mary Pickford: A Life on Film as Herself / Numerous Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)
1985 What Do Those Old Films Mean? as Herself(archive footage)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1942 Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood No. 6 as Herself
1941 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as (archive footage)
1939 Hollywood Hobbies as Herself
1934 Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove as Herself
1933 Secrets as Mary Marlowe/Mary Carlton
1931 Kiki as Kiki
1929 The Taming of the Shrew
1929 Coquette as Norma Besant
1927 The Gaucho as The Virgin Mary
1927 Одна из многих as Herself (archive footage)
1927 My Best Girl as Maggie Johnson
1927 A Kiss from Mary Pickford as Herself
1926 Sparrows as Molly
1926 The Black Pirate as Princess Isobel in Final Embrace - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
1925 Little Annie Rooney as Annabelle 'Little Annie' Rooney
1924 Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall as Dorothy Vernon
1923 Rosita as Rosita, a street singer
1922 Tess of the Storm Country as Tessibel 'Tess' Skinner
1921 Little Lord Fauntleroy as Cedric Errol / Widow Errol
1921 Through The Back Door as Jeanne
1921 The Love Light as Angela Carlotti
1920 Suds as Amanda Afflick
1920 Pollyanna as Pollyanna Whittier
1919 Heart o' the Hills as Mavis Hawn
1919 The Hoodlum as Amy Burke
1919 Daddy-Long-Legs as Judy Abbott
1919 Captain Kidd, Jr. as Mary MacTavish
1918 100% American as Mayme
1918 Johanna Enlists as Johanna Renssaller
1918 How Could You, Jean? as Jean Mackaye
1918 M'Liss as Melissa 'M'liss' Smith
1918 Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley as Amarilly Jenkins
1918 Stella Maris as Miss Stella Maris / Unity Blake
1917 A Little Princess as Sara Crewe
1917 All-Star Production of Patriotic Episodes for the Second Liberty Loan
1917 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as Rebecca Randall
1917 The Little American as Angela Moore
1917 A Romance of the Redwoods as Jenny Lawrence
1917 The Poor Little Rich Girl as Gwen
1917 The Pride of the Clan as Marget MacTavish
1916 Less Than the Dust as Radha
1916 Hulda from Holland as Hulda
1916 The Eternal Grind as Louise
1916 Poor Little Peppina as Peppina
1916 The Foundling as Molly O
1915 Madame Butterfly as Cho-Cho-San
1915 A Girl of Yesterday as Jane Stuart
1915 Esmeralda as Esmeralda Rogers
1915 Rags as Rags / Alice McCloud
1915 Little Pal as 'Little Pal'
1915 The Dawn of a Tomorrow as Glad
1915 Fanchon, the Cricket as Fanchon, the cricket
1915 Mistress Nell as Nell Gwyn
1915 Mistress Nell as Nell Gwynn
1914 Cinderella as Cinderella
1914 Behind the Scenes as Dolly Lane
1914 Such a Little Queen as Queen Anna Victoria
1914 The Eagle's Mate as Anemone Breckenridge
1914 Tess of the Storm Country as Tessibel Skinner
1914 A Good Little Devil as Juliet
1914 Hearts Adrift as Nina
1913 Caprice as Mercy Baxter
1913 In the Bishop's Carriage as Nance Olden
1913 Fate as Unknown Role
1913 The Unwelcome Guest as Jessie - the Slavey
1912 The New York Hat
1912 The Informer as The Confederate Captain's Sweetheart
1912 My Baby as The Wife
1912 The One She Loved as The Wife
1912 A Feud in the Kentucky Hills as The Daughter
1912 So Near, Yet So Far as The Young Woman
1912 Friends as Dora - the Orphan
1912 A Pueblo Legend as The Indian Girl
1912 With the Enemy's Help as Faro Kate
1912 The Inner Circle as The Rich Italian's Daughter
1912 The Narrow Road as Mrs. Jim Holcomb
1912 An Indian Summer as The Widow's Daughter
1912 The School Teacher and the Waif as Nora, the Waif
1912 Lena and the Geese as Lena
1912 Home Folks as The Young Woman
1912 A Beast at Bay as The Young Woman
1912 A Lodging for the Night as The Mexican Girl
1912 The Old Actor as The Old Actor's Daughter
1912 Won by a Fish as The Woman
1912 Just Like a Woman as The Young Woman
1912 The Female of the Species as The Miner's Wife's Sister
1912 Fate's Interception as The Mexican Girl
1912 Iola's Promise as Iola
1912 A Timely Repentance as Mrs. Nordell - Heroine of the Movie within the Movie, 'The Wife's Desertion'
1912 The Mender of Nets as The Net-Mender
1912 Honor Thy Father as Mary Fuller
1911 How Mary Fixed it as Mary
1911 The Caddy's Dream as Miss Kelsomine
1911 The Portrait as Little Vera - the Model
1911 Little Red Riding Hood as Little Red Riding Hood
1911 Love Heeds Not Showers as Mary
1911 The Courting of Mary as Mary
1911 His Dress Shirt as Mrs. Kirby
1911 The Better Way as Lillian Garvey - a Salvation Army Lass
1911 The Sentinel Asleep as Unknown Role
1911 The Rose's Story as Unknown Role
1911 'Tween Two Loves as Grace
1911 The Toss of a Coin as Alice Barton - the Farmer's Daughter
1911 As a Boy Dreams
1911 The Call of the Song as Amy Gordon
1911 The Skating Bug as The Girl
1911 Science as Mrs. Crawford
1911 At a Quarter of Two as Mrs Warren
1911 A Gasoline Engagement as Flora Powell
1911 For the Queen's Honor as Princess Gilda
1911 In the Sultan's Garden as Haidee
1911 In the Sultan's Garden as Hadee
1911 Back to the Soil as Sadie Allen
1911 The Lighthouse Keeper as Polly Berry - the Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
1911 The Master and the Man as Elsie Graham
1911 For Her Brother's Sake as Madge Spotwood
1911 The Fair Dentist as Edith Morton - The Fair Dentist
1911 Second Sight as Gertrude Edgar
1911 While There is hope, There is Life as Unknown Role
1911 The Stampede as Nello
1911 Sweet Memories as Polly Biblett
1911 In Old Madrid
1911 The Fisher-Maid as Paula, The Fishing-Maid
1911 The Secret of the Palm as Unknown Role
1911 The Message in the Bottle as Louise Spencer
1911 A Decree of Destiny as Mary
1911 Tracked as Unknown Role
1911 A Manly Man as Lola
1911 Artful Kate as Artful Kate Stanley
1911 Pictureland as Unconfimed Role
1911 The Convert as Agnes Boyd
1911 Her Darkest Hour as Ruth
1911 The Mirror as Dorothy
1911 When the Cat's Away as Dorothy, The Wife
1911 Three Sisters as Mary
1911 Maid or Man as Elsie Keene
1911 The Dream as Nell Herbert
1911 The Italian Barber as Alice
1911 Their First Misunderstanding as Mae Darcy
1911 When a Man Loves as Tessie
1910 White Roses as Betty
1910 A Plain Song as Edith
1910 The Song of the Wildwood Flute as Dove Eyes
1910 Simple Charity as Miss Wilkins (as Gladys Nicholson)
1910 Simple Charity as Miss Wilkins
1910 Waiter No. 5 as The Chief of Police's Son's Fiancée
1910 A Lucky Toothache as Bessie
1910 A Lucky Toothache as Mary
1910 A Gold Necklace as Mazie
1910 A Gold Necklace as Masie
1910 Muggsy Becomes a Hero as Mabel
1910 Wilful Peggy as Peggy
1910 The Sorrows of the Unfaithful as Mary
1910 When We were in Our 'Teens as Mary
1910 An Arcadian Maid
1910 The Call to Arms as A Messenger
1910 A Child's Impulse as Grace
1910 What the Daisy Said as Martha
1910 Muggsy's First Sweetheart as Mabel Brown
1910 May and December as May
1910 Never Again as The Girl
1910 A Victim of Jealousy as The Wife's Friend
1910 In the Season of Buds as Mabel
1910 Ramona
1910 The Two Brothers as A Mexican
1910 Love Among the Roses as The Lacemaker
1910 The Unchanging Sea
1910 A Romance of the Western Hills
1910 A Rich Revenge as Jennie
1910 As It Is in Life
1910 The Smoker as George's Wife
1910 The Twisted Trail as Molly Hendricks
1910 The Thread of Destiny as Myrtle
1910 The Newlyweds as Alice Vance
1910 The Newlyweds as Mary Vance
1910 The Englishman and the Girl as The Girl
1910 The Woman from Mellon's as Mary Petersby
1910 All on Account of the Milk as The Young Woman
1909 The Heart of an Outlaw as The Outlaw's Daughter, as an Adult
1909 To Save Her Soul as Agnes Hailey
1909 The Test as Bessie
1909 Through the Breakers as An Extra
1909 The Trick that Failed as Nellie Burt
1909 The Mountaineer's Honor as Harum-Scarum, a Mountain Girl
1909 A Midnight Adventure as Eleanor
1909 The Light That Came
1909 The Restoration as Alice Ashford
1909 The Gibson Goddess as Woman on Sidewalk
1909 What's Your Hurry? as Mary
1909 Lines of White on a Sullen Sea as Second Couple
1909 In the Watches of the Night as Girl at Henry Brainard's
1909 His Lost Love as Mary
1909 The Little Teacher as The Little Teacher
1909 Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience as Girl in crowd
1909 The Awakening as The Widow's Daughter
1909 In Old Kentucky as Partygoer
1909 The Broken Locket as Ruth King
1909 Getting Even as Miss Lucy
1909 The Hessian Renegades as Messenger's Sister
1909 The Sealed Room as A Lady-in-Waiting
1909 The Little Darling as Little Darling
1909 The Seventh Day as The Maid
1909 Oh, Uncle! as Bessie
1909 The Indian Runner's Romance as Blue Cloud's Wife
1909 His Wife's Visitor as Bessie Wright
1909 They Would Elope as Bessie
1909 A Strange Meeting
1909 The Slave as A Young Girl At Court
1909 Sweet and Twenty as Alice
1909 Tender Hearts as Nellie
1909 The Renunciation as Kittie Ryan
1909 The Cardinal's Conspiracy as A Disguised Servant
1909 The Country Doctor as Poor Mother's Elder Daughter (uncredited)
1909 The Necklace as The Maid
1909 The Way of Man as Winnie, Mabel's Cousin
1909 The Mexican Sweethearts as The Señorita
1909 Her First Biscuits as Biscuit Victim
1909 The Peachbasket Hat as On street/In store
1909 The Faded Lillies as At party
1909 The Son's Return as Mary
1909 The Lonely Villa
1909 The Violin Maker of Cremona as Giannina, Taddeo's Daughter
1909 His Duty as A young woman in the street
1909 Two Memories as Marion's Sister

Production

1948 Sleep, My LoveProducer
1946 Little IodineExecutive Producer
1936 One Rainy AfternoonProducer
1933 SecretsExecutive Producer
1927 My Best GirlProducer
1926 SparrowsProducer
1925 Little Annie RooneyProducer
1924 Dorothy Vernon of Haddon HallProducer
1923 RositaProducer
1922 Tess of the Storm CountryProducer
1921 Little Lord FauntleroyProducer
1921 Through The Back DoorProducer
1921 The Love LightProducer
1920 SudsProducer
1920 PollyannaProducer
1919 The HoodlumExecutive Producer
1919 Daddy-Long-LegsProducer
1918 Johanna EnlistsExecutive Producer
1918 How Could You, Jean?Producer
1917 A Little PrincessProducer
1917 The Little AmericanProducer
1916 Less Than the DustProducer
1916 Poor Little PeppinaProducer

Writing

1925 Little Annie RooneyWriter
1914 Hearts AdriftWriter
1912 Lena and the GeeseWriter
1911 Caught in the ActScreenplay
1911 Madame RexWriter
1911 The MedallionScreenplay
1909 The Day AfterWriter
1909 The AwakeningScreenplay

Directing

1924 Dorothy Vernon of Haddon HallDirector

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