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Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997)

| Documentary, Biography
A biography of the life and career of silent-film star Mary Pickford, known during her day as "America's Sweetheart". This documentary shows that she was not simply just the top actress of ... See full summary »


Hugh Munro Neely


Rita Mae Brown




Cast overview:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself - Host / Narrator
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself
Jean Firstenberg ... Herself - Director: AFI
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself
Cammilla Johnson Cammilla Johnson ... Herself - Former Child Actress (as Cammilla Jones)
Fay Kanin ... Herself - Writer and Producer
Miles Kreuger ... Himself - Theatre Historian
Janet Leigh ... Herself
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Roddy McDowall ... Himself
Robert Mitchell Robert Mitchell ... Himself - Silent Cinema Organist (as Bob Mitchell)
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Himself / Various Roles
Edward Stotsenberg Edward Stotsenberg ... Himself - President: Mary Pickford Foundation


A biography of the life and career of silent-film star Mary Pickford, known during her day as "America's Sweetheart". This documentary shows that she was not simply just the top actress of her time, but also a successful producer, a creative writer and director, a savvy businesswoman and a founding member of United Artists, one of the most important and innovative studios in Hollywood's history. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Film Star Ahead of Her Time
29 December 2001 | by director1616See all my reviews

This documentary on Mary Pickford is one of the best documentaries ever produced about a film star - period. Anyone who wants to know how brilliant this woman was about the art of filmmaking needs to view this film. The best thing about this visual recording of the life of "America's Sweetheart" is that it is honest, unbiased, and objective. We are able to learn all sides of Mary Pickford - some flattering, some not-so-flattering. Yet one realizes how passionate she was about the art of filmmaking - especially when it was in its infancy. But one can only truly appreciate Mary Pickford, the Artist, by viewing the clips of her films from this documentary. SHE was the actor who invented acting specifically for the motion picture camera. When you view clips of her films, you will be able to understand why. This documentary also explains how savvy she was as businesswoman, who demanded and received every penny she was worth. Yet, she cared about everyone who worked in the industry. As a director, I've had the privilege to direct several projects with the Motion Picture & Television Fund - an organization which provides care and living arrangements for retired artists who once work in the entertainment industry. This organization was created by Mary Pickford, along with other generous and caring people. Mary Pickford was a brilliant person, who had clear visions in every aspect of her professional life. She was a woman of film - who was way ahead of her time.

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