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Mary Pickford (1892–1979)

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies. In 1907, she adopted a family name Pickford ... See full bio »

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 1931 Kiki
 1930 Forever Yours
 1927 The Gaucho
Virgin Mary (uncredited)
 1926 Sparrows
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1923 Rosita
Rosita, a street singer
 1920 Suds
Amanda Afflick
 1918 One Hundred Percent American (Short)
 1918 Johanna Enlists
Johanna Renssaller
 1918 How Could You, Jean?
Jean Mackaye
 1918 Stella Maris
Miss Stella Maris / Unity Blake
 1916 Less Than the Dust
 1916 Hulda from Holland
 1915 Broken Hearts
 1915 A Girl of Yesterday
Jane Stuart
 1915 Esmeralda (Short)
Esmeralda Rogers
 1915 Rags
Rags / Alice McCloud
 1915 Fanchon, the Cricket
Fanchon, the cricket
 1915 Love's Reflection (Short)
 1915 Wifey's Fling (Short)
 1914 Behind the Scenes
Dolly Lane
 1914 Tess of the Storm Country
Tessibel Skinner
 1914 A Good Little Devil
 1913 Fate (Short)
 1913 The Unwelcome Guest (Short)
Jessie - the Slavey
 1912 Grannie
 1912 The New York Hat (Short)
Miss Mollie Goodhue (the girl)
 1912 The Informer (Short)
The Confederate Captain's Sweetheart
 1912 My Baby (Short)
The Wife
 1912 The One She Loved (Short)
The Wife
 1912 A Feud in the Kentucky Hills (Short)
The Daughter
 1912 So Near, Yet So Far (Short)
The Young Woman
 1912 Friends (Short)
Dora - the Orphan
 1912 A Pueblo Legend (Short)
The Indian Girl
 1912 With the Enemy's Help (Short)
Faro Kate
 1912 The Inner Circle (Short)
The Rich Italian's Daughter
 1912 A Child's Remorse (Short)
 1912 The Narrow Road (Short)
Mrs. Jim Holcomb
 1912 An Indian Summer (Short)
The Widow's Daughter
 1912 The School Teacher and the Waif (Short)
Nora, the Waif
 1912 Lena and the Geese (Short)
 1912 Home Folks (Short)
The Young Woman
 1912 A Beast at Bay (Short)
The Young Woman
 1912 A Lodging for the Night (Short)
The Mexican Girl
 1912 The Old Actor (Short)
The Old Actor's Daughter
 1912 Won by a Fish (Short)
The Woman
 1912 Just Like a Woman (Short)
The Young Woman
 1912 The Female of the Species (Short)
The Miner's Wife's Sister
 1912 Fate's Interception (Short)
The Mexican Girl
 1912 Iola's Promise (Short)
 1912 A Timely Repentance (Short)
Mrs. Nordell - Heroine of the Movie within the Movie, 'The Wife's Desertion'
 1912 A Siren of Impulse (Short)
 1912 The Mender of Nets (Short)
The Net-Mender
 1912/II Honor Thy Father (Short)
Mary Fuller
 1911 A Dog's Tale
 1911 Science (Short)
Mrs. Crawford
 1911 The Caddy's Dream (Short)
Miss Kelsomine
 1911/I The Portrait (Short)
Little Vera - the Model
 1911 Love Heeds Not Showers (Short)
 1911 The Courting of Mary (Short)
 1911 From the Bottom of the Sea (Short)
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
 1911 His Dress Shirt (Short)
Mrs. Kirby
 1911 The Better Way (Short)
Lillian Garvey - a Salvation Army Lass
 1911 The Sentinel Asleep (Short)
 1911 'Tween Two Loves (Short)
 1911 By the House That Jack Built (Short)
Undetermined Leading Role
 1911 The Toss of a Coin (Short)
Alice Barton - the Farmer's Daughter
 1911 The Call of the Song (Short)
Amy Gordon
 1911 The Skating Bug (Short)
 1911 At a Quarter of Two (Short)
Mrs. Warren
 1911 A Gasoline Engagement (Short)
Flora Powell
 1911 For the Queen's Honor (Short)
Princess Gilda
 1911 In the Sultan's Garden (Short)
 1911 Back to the Soil (Short)
Sadie Allen
 1911 The Lighthouse Keeper (Short)
Polly Berry - the Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
 1911 The Master and the Man (Short)
Elsie Graham
 1911/I For Her Brother's Sake (Short)
Madge Spotwood
 1911 The Fair Dentist (Short)
Edith Morton - The Fair Dentist
 1911/I The Temptress (Short)
Lucille Allen
 1911 Second Sight (Short)
Gertrude Edgar
 1911 As a Boy Dreams (Short)
Mary - the Captain's Daughter
 1911/I The Stampede (Short)
Nello - The Bandit's Daughter
 1911 Sweet Memories (Short)
Polly Biblett
 1911 In Old Madrid (Short)
 1911 The Fisher-Maid (Short)
Paula - the Fisher-maid
 1911 Conscience (Short)
 1911 The Message in the Bottle (Short)
Louise Spencer
 1911 A Decree of Destiny (Short)
 1911 A Manly Man (Short)
Elinor Williams
 1911 Artful Kate (Short)
Artful Kate Stanley
 1911 Pictureland (Short)
 1911 The Convert (Short)
Agnes Boyd
 1911 Her Darkest Hour (Short)
 1911 The Mirror (Short)
 1911 When the Cat's Away (Short)
Dorothy - the Wife
 1911 At the Duke's Command (Short)
One of the Ladies of the Court
 1911 Three Sisters (Short)
 1911 Maid or Man (Short)
Elsie Keene
 1911 The Dream (Short)
Nell Herbert
 1911 Their First Misunderstanding (Short)
Mae Darcy
 1911 The Italian Barber (Short)
 1911 When a Man Loves (Short)
 1911 How Mary Fixed It (Short)
 1910 Little Nell's Tobacco (Short)
 1910 White Roses (Short)
 1910 A Child's Stratagem (Short)
 1910 A Plain Song (Short)
 1910 The Song of the Wildwood Flute (Short)
Dove Eyes
 1910 Sunshine Sue (Short)
 1910 Simple Charity (Short)
Miss Wilkins (as Gladys Nicholson)
 1910 Waiter No. 5 (Short)
The Chief of Police's Son's Fiancée
 1910 A Lucky Toothache (Short)
 1910 The Masher (Short)
 1910 A Gold Necklace (Short)
 1910 The Iconoclast (Short)
 1910 Examination Day at School (Short)
 1910 A Summer Tragedy (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1910 Little Angels of Luck (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1910 Muggsy Becomes a Hero (Short)
 1910 Wilful Peggy (Short)
 1910 The Sorrows of the Unfaithful (Short)
 1910 When We Were in Our Teens (Short)
 1910 The Usurer (Short)
Invalid Daughter
 1910 An Arcadian Maid (Short)
 1910 The Call to Arms (Short)
A Messenger
 1910 Serious Sixteen (Short)
 1910 A Flash of Light (Short)
 1910 What the Daisy Said (Short)
 1910 Muggsy's First Sweetheart (Short)
Mabel Brown
 1910 A Child's Impulse (Short)
 1910 May and December (Short)
 1910/I Never Again (Short)
The Girl
 1910 The Face at the Window (Short)
 1910 A Victim of Jealousy (Short)
The Wife's Friend
 1910 In the Season of Buds (Short)
 1910 Ramona (Short)
 1910 An Affair of Hearts (Short)
 1910 Love Among the Roses (Short)
The Lacemaker
 1910 The Unchanging Sea (Short)
The Daughter as an Adult
 1910 The Kid (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1910 A Romance of the Western Hills (Short)
 1910 A Rich Revenge (Short)
 1910 As It Is in Life (Short)
George Forrester's Daughter, as an Adult
 1910/I The Two Brothers (Short)
 1910 His Last Dollar (Short)
 1910 The Smoker (Short)
George's Wife
 1910 The Twisted Trail (Short)
Molly Hendricks
 1910 The Thread of Destiny (Short)
 1910 The Newlyweds (Short)
Alice Vance
 1910 The Englishman and the Girl (Short)
The Girl
 1910 The Woman from Mellon's (Short)
Mary Petersby, the Daughter
 1910 The Call (Short)
 1910 All on Account of the Milk (Short)
The Young Woman
 1909 To Save Her Soul (Short)
Agnes Hailey
 1909 The Test (Short)
 1909 The Trick That Failed (Short)
Nellie Burt
 1909 The Mountaineer's Honor (Short)
Harum-Scarum, a Mountain Girl
 1909 A Midnight Adventure (Short)
 1909 A Sweet Revenge (Short)
 1909 The Restoration (Short)
Alice Ashford
 1909 The Light That Came (Short)
 1909 The Gibson Goddess (Short)
On Sidewalk
 1909 What's Your Hurry? (Short)
 1909 Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (Short)
Second Couple
 1909 In the Watches of the Night (Short)
At Brainard's
 1909 His Lost Love (Short)
 1909 The Little Teacher (Short)
The Little Teacher
 1909 Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience (Short)
Girl in crowd
 1909 The Awakening (Short)
The Widow's Daughter
 1909 Wanted, a Child (Short)
 1909 In Old Kentucky (Short)
Homecoming Party
 1909 The Broken Locket (Short)
Ruth King
 1909 Getting Even (Short)
Miss Lucy
 1909 The Children's Friend (Short)
 1909 The Hessian Renegades (Short)
Messenger's Sister
 1909 The Little Darling (Short)
Little Darling
 1909 The Sealed Room (Short)
A Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
 1909 Oh, Uncle! (Short)
 1909 The Seventh Day (Short)
The Maid
 1909 The Indian Runner's Romance (Short)
Blue Cloud's Wife
 1909 His Wife's Visitor (Short)
Bessie Wright
 1909 They Would Elope (Short)
 1909 A Strange Meeting (Short)
 1909 The Slave (Short)
A Young Girl at Court
 1909 Sweet and Twenty (Short)
 1909 The Renunciation (Short)
Kittie Ryan
 1909 Tender Hearts (Short)
 1909 The Country Doctor (Short)
Poor Mother's Elder Daughter (uncredited)
 1909 The Necklace (Short)
The Maid / In Pawnshop
 1909 The Way of Man (Short)
Winnie, Mabel's Cousin
 1909 The Mexican Sweethearts (Short)
The Señorita
 1909 The Peachbasket Hat (Short)
On Street / In Store
 1909 Her First Biscuits (Short)
Biscuit Victim
 1909 The Faded Lilies (Short)
At Party
 1909 The Son's Return (Short)
Mary Clark
 1909 The Lonely Villa (Short)
One of the Cullison Children
 1909 The Violin Maker of Cremona (Short)
Giannina, Taddeo's Daughter
 1909 What Drink Did (Short)
 1909 His Duty (Short)
One of the children on the street
 1909 Two Memories (Short)
Marion's Sister
 1909 The Drive for a Life (Short)
 1909 The Deception (Short)
 1909 Mrs. Jones Entertains (Short) (as Dorothy Nicholson)
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Show Show Writer (14 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (3 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(12/26/37). Radio: Appeared in an episode of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour". See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 14 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 98 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 51 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Catherine Hennessey | Dorothy Nicholson | Gladys Nicholson | Baby Gladys Smith | Gladys Marie Smith


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[on Charles Chaplin] I think he descended, I think he should never have played Hitler for instance. He could've gone on until he was 90 years old playing the little tramp. He personified everything that is miserable, all over the world, he was a poor little human being, but had the philosophy to overcome all of the other things that attacked him. And then when he became Hitler and a murderer and ... See more »


Had cousins from Port Dalhousie, Ontario, who owned a hot dog stand on the local beach. She would sometimes help them on her summer visits during World War I by serving customers. See more »


"The Girl with the Golden Hair" See more »

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