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Mary Pickford
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In the early days of cinema, when actors were unbilled and unmentioned in credits, audiences immediately noticed Mary Pickford. Moviegoers everywhere were riveted by her magnetic talent and appeal as she rose to become cinema's first great star.

In this engaging collection, copublished with the Library of Congress, an eminent group of film historians sheds new light on this icon's incredible life and legacy. Pickford emerges from the pages in vivid detail. She is revealed as a gifted actress, a philanthropist, and a savvy industry leader who fought for creative control of her films and ultimately became her own producer. This beautifully designed volume features more than two hundred color and black and white illustrations, including photographs and stills from the collections of the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Together with the text, they paint a fascinating portrait of a key figure in American cinematic history.author of South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Editor's Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. The Natural
  2. pp. 7-22
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  1. Childhood Revisited: An Evaluation of Mary Pickford’s Youngest Characters
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. Mary Pickford: Passionate Producer
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. Father of the Family: Mary Pickford’s Journey from Breadwinner to Businesswoman
  2. pp. 47-63
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  1. Pickford and Fairbanks: A Modern Marriage
  2. pp. 64-72
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  1. “Little Mary”: Formidable Philanthropist
  2. pp. 73-88
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  1. America's Sweetheart
  2. pp. 89-108
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  1. Dressing the Part: Mary Pickford’s Use of Costume
  2. pp. 109-144
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  1. American Idol: Mary Pickford, World War I, and the Making of a National Icon
  2. pp. 145-162
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  1. Laws of Attraction: Mary Pickford, Movies, and the Evolution of Fame
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. Crown of Glory: The Rise and Fall of the Mary Pickford Curls
  2. pp. 169-186
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  1. Blood and Sympathy: Race and the Films of Mary Pickford
  2. pp. 187-204
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  1. The Films of Mary Pickford
  2. pp. 205-217
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  1. Mary Pickford and the Archival Film Movement
  2. pp. 218-223
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  1. The Mary Pickford Film Collection at the Library of Congress
  2. pp. 224-225
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  1. The Mary Pickford Photograph Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library
  2. pp. 226-227
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  1. The Mary Pickford Costume and Ephemera Collection at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  2. pp. 228-229
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  1. Mary Pickford Chronology
  2. pp. 230-240
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 251
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 252-261
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 262-264
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 265
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  1. Photo Credits and Permissions
  2. pp. 266-269
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 270-276
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