One of the beautiful things about Hollywood is the past. We all know about the current stars, the “Brad Pitts and Angelina Jolies”, the live TV Oscars and premiers, the selfies and the red carpet tweets. But all of this wouldn’t have happened without those who were there in the old days, when it all began more than 100 years ago in a huge area called Los Feliz in Los Angeles, an area that was nothing but sand.
Back in the old days, the first days of cinema, you had to be a visionary. Motion pictures were a novelty and the movies were silent, but it was a business and an industry before anything else. As in today, Hollywood was always a two-fold animal – the people in the front which are the stars and the people in the back which are the money people and the crew, those who really make it happen.
One of the first female stars in Hollywood was actress Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979). Her life story and career is the story of the beginning of Hollywood. She started as a kid in 1905 Broadway when a producer asked her to change her name from Gladys Louise Smith to Mary Pickford. From Broadway she moved to Nickelodeon films (it wasn’t a TV channel yet as there was nothing called Television yet!).
She moved to California with other movie business figures to seek a better weather for shooting and longer light hours than in the east coast. Here in Los Angeles her career got even stronger. In 1916, Pickford and Charlie Chaplin were the most famous figures in the movie business, Pickford was granted full authority over production of the films in which she starred, which was unheard of, mainly for a woman in those days.
The clash and tension between actors, directors and the studios was always a problem in Hollywood. The movie business is a high stake game and huge egos just make it worse. Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and others had a lot of tension and couldn’t come to an agreement on a lot of issues in more than one of their movies, so on 1919, Pickford, along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, formed the independent film production company United Artists. It’s very important to understand that the world was a men’s world with no women CEO’s or anything remotely close to today’s business world.
D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin (seated) and Douglas Fairbanks at the signing of the contract establishing United Artists motion picture studio in 1919.
This is just a short biography of Mary Pickford to let you know how important this woman was and why her memorabilia is so important.
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