Gladys Louise Mary Smith
1892 - Mary Pickford, born on the 8th of April in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was an Oscar-winning Canadian motion picture star and co-founder of United Artists. 1908 - Her film career began, when she met D.W. Griffith, head of Biograph Studios. She began working at Biograph with her friends, Lillian and Dorothy Gish. 1911 - She also married actor, Owen Moore. The marriage didn't last, because on a war bond tour during World War I, Mary met a man who was to have a profound effect on both her personal and professional life. 1919 - She was the co-founder of United Artist. 1920 - Douglas Fairbanks was the biggest male star in Hollywood whom she married. 1929 - She was not as lucky in her personal life, and she and Fairbanks divorced. 1930 - She won an Oscar for a "grown-up" role in 'Coquette', audiences never really accepted her as an adult. 1933 - She retired as an actress. 1937 - Married Charles "Buddy" Rogers, an actor and musician. 1976 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded her its lifetime achievement award. 1979 - She was known to drink to excess in her later years and she died of a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 87, on the 29th of May in Santa Monica, Canada.
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