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News From the Lake: Mary Pickford Biopic Casting and DVD Releases

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by Kristen on Feb 4, 2013

Back with another foray in News From the Lake.  In this installment, there’s an update on casting for the upcoming Mary Pickford biopic, as well as a few classic DVD release dates you should know about. Variety is reporting that Julia Stiles has signed on to play acclaimed screenwriter Franc read more

Golden Age on the Printed Page: Mary Pickford – Queen of the Movies

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by Kristen on Jan 14, 2013

Golden Age on the Printed Page will be taking a hiatus due to the Leading Lady Tournament (although spontaneous reviews might pop-up).  With that, I think that this week’s book is the perfect one to enter hiatus with!  Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies is the definitive text about Pickford, read more

Jollification! The Mary Pickford Blogathon

The Giddy Blog Posted by chrisgiddens on Jun 4, 2012

This past weekend, Classic Movies: The Blog hosted a Mary Pickford blogathon. In addition to being a lovely event containing many beautiful posts and informative links about “America’s Sweetheart”, the below music video I created was also graciously included, for which I am honored read more

Mary Pickford Blogathon: Thank You

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 4, 2012

I was planning to post this message yesterday, but I got a bit overwhelmed, and had to stop for a moment to think about the past three days and why they were important to me. I've been grinning all weekend. What a fantastic turnout! Thank you to everyone for your wonderful contributions. I know th read more

The Poor Little Rich Girl: Mary Pickford and her wordsmith. (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Jun 3, 2012

One of the most prolific partnerships to emerge in the silent film era was the one between movie star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion. Director Clarence Brown once referred to their working relationship as “spontaneous combustion,” an apt description of the women’s un read more

Mary Pickford Blogathon: Q&A with Pickford Biographer Peggy Dymond Leavey

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 3, 2012

Peggy Dymond Leavey had never seen a Mary Pickford movie when she was approached by Dundurn Press to write a biography of a Canadian woman for their Quest Biography series. The publisher gave her a list of suggested names, and Pickford stood out, partly because Leavey had an interest in the history read more

Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and “The New York Hat” (1912) (1)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Pretty Clever Film Gal on Jun 2, 2012

This post was originally published on May 11, 2011, but I’m reposting it today as part of the Mary Pickford Blogathon hosted by Classic Movies. Be sure to check out all of the other fantastic Pickford posts from a diverse and talent group of critics! I have the remarkable privilege of spendin read more

Mary Pickford Blogathon Guest Post: Pickford and Fairbanks

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 2, 2012

By Stephen Jared  Mary Pickford was born Gladys Smith. In her time, actors hired for films were naturally recruited from the theater, and they played to the rafters. But young Mary had a different idea—she played to the camera. The consequence of this was that; not only did she revolutio read more

Mary Pickford: The First and Last Superstar

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 2, 2012

This post is by Sloan DeForest of the Mary Pickford Foundation. As the Foundation is in the process of building a new website, Sloan is temporarily homeless on the web. I'm happy to host her fantastic piece!  --------------------------- By Sloan DeForest There’s nothing revolutionary a read more

Mary Pickford Blogathon Guest Post--Team Ollie versus Team Mary: Whose Side Are You On?

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 1, 2012

By Sarah Baker When I started researching Olive Thomas, lo these many years ago, one recurring theme kept popping up over and over again, persistent as a toothache. Mary Pickford and the Pickford family hated--no, actually despised--Olive Thomas. In every article or chapter I read about Olive, wh read more

The Mary Pickford Blogathon: It's Here!

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 1, 2012

Isn't it great when you know exactly when you started loving something or someone? The a-ha moment? I know exactly when I starting loving Mary Pickford: This screening was part of a great silent movie series in my city. I was pretty sure this was the first time they had shown a Pickford movie read more

Why Do People Love Mary Pickford?

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 1, 2012

I'm hosting this great entry that David Menefee posted in the comments, so that you all can read it with more ease. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By David W. Menefee I have always loved Mary for all that is good in her spirit, which cameras m read more

Mary Pickford Resources: Part Two, The Books

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 31, 2012

I've read a lot of Mary Pickford books over the past month, and there were a few more I read before I ever got the crazy idea to put on this shindig. These are the ones that I admire most, and which I plan to read again: Sunshine and Shadow, by Mary Pickford  Every other Pickford book referen read more

Mary Pickford and "The New York Hat" (1912)

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 31, 2012

This is my contribution to the Mary Pickford Blogathon, honoring one of the world’s greatest movie stars and hosted by KC at Classic Movies. Click here for all of the entries about America’s Sweetheart. Before Mary Pickford took the leap to feature films and pursued her stardom in read more

Mary Pickford Blogathon.

Noir and Chick Flicks Posted by Dawn on May 30, 2012

I really wanted to participate in the Mary Pickford Blogathon, but just could not come up with any new ideas.. I hope you all enjoy KC'S...Mary Pickford Blogathon. Please click on poster located on the side bar for the links that will take you to the participating blogs pages. Her read more

Classic Links: The Mary Pickford Edition

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 30, 2012

Here are some more odds and ends about Mary Pickford that I've run across recently: This diverse collection of Pickford magazine covers spans several years of her career-- Lucy Who  The National Film Preservation Foundation is streaming a beautiful print of the Biograph short Ramona: A Story read more

Mary Pickford Blogathon: Participants and Instructions

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 30, 2012

Our Pickford party is still a few days away, and I am already having a wonderful time! It has been so much fun to talk with all of you about Mary. I'm heartened to see that there is a lot more love out there for her than I thought. Thank you to all of you who have signed up to participate. We're a read more

Mary Pickford Resources: Part One

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 24, 2012

I've found so many fantastic resources as I've researched Mary for the blogathon. I wanted to share them with all of you, so you can enjoy them as well. There's a lot of information, so this is going to be a two-parter. This week, I'm posting about resources I've found online. Next week I'll share s read more

Silver Screen Sirens: Mary Pickford

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on May 18, 2012

Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, known as “America’s Sweetheart”, and was one of silent film’s most important performers and producers. As a co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the origin read more

Mary Pickford Blogathon: Q&A with David Menefee

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 17, 2012

As I mentioned in my blogathon update post last week, prolific Pulitzer-nominated author David Menefee has generously offered to send a signed copy of his book, Sweet Memories to a lucky winner during the event. The book is an entertaining fictional retelling of Pickford's early life and career as read more