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Muse of the Movies: Mary Pickford
by Betty Jo Tucker

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Movie Addict Headquarters is presenting a special ON DEMAND episode about legendary actress Mary Pickford all during March. Pickford’s life parallels the birth of the cinema itself. Many women have made important contributions to the history of motion pictures, but Pickford may be at the top of that list. Special guest is filmmaker Nicolas Eliopoulos, whose documentary, Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies, is a treasure chest of information about the early days of filmmaking and how Pickford shaped the development of acting for the screen. Eliopoulos’ wonderful documentary was released on DVD in 2012.  

Listeners can hear this vintage episode at any time beginning on March 1. The BlogTalkRadio link is below:

Here are examples of Pickford’s contribution to film history:

She co-created United Artists Studios (the first company owned and run by actors themselves).

She spearheaded founding of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

She was the first actor (male or female) to have her name on a marquee with the film’s title.

She was the first to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a sound movie (for Coquette in 1929).

No wonder Pickford was called America’s Sweetheart!

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker

PRODUCER: Nikki Star

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