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Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997)

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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 »

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Hugh Munro Neely

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Rita Mae Brown
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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
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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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USA

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English

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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1999)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good documentary that covers Pickford's life from early childhood to her work with D.W. Griffith and to becoming the first movie star. Others topics include her marriage to Douglas Fairbanks and her eventual fall from the movies. The documentary is good because it doesn't sugar coat certain matters. What I found most weird about Pickford is that she bought the rights to all of her films so that she could destroy them. She was worried people would laugh at her and in this paranoia, she bought the rights but thankfully she didn't destroy them. Hosted by Whoopi with interviews by Leonard Maltin, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Janet Leigh and others.


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