Born Gladys Smith on April 8, 1892 at 211 University Avenue in Toronto, Mary Pickford is a Canadian legend in film and fashion. Rising to stardom in the early 1900’s, Mary Pickford was dubbed “Queen of Films”. She won a Best Actress Oscar for Coquette (her first role in sound).
Mary Pickford was one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and is ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the 25 greatest female actresses of all time. The screen siren went on to win an honorary Oscar in 1976, three years before she passed away.
Despite her Canadian heritage, Hollywood was home and America embraced her as their sweetheart. Mary founded United Artists studios with Charlie Chaplin. They were both the biggest stars of the 1910’s when she earned an astonishing $10,000/week.
Mary Pickford (nee Gladys Smith) would have been 125 years old today. This was a typical celebration for Pickford 99 years ago.
To honor her birthday and memory, fans may visit a permanent statue near her birth place on University Avenue in Toronto. Those south of the border may find her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pickford was among the first three celebrities to imprint their hands and shoes in the cement outside the famous Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
Mary Pickford’s 125th birthday is remembered on Google‘s homepage today.