Mary Pickford

America's Sweetheart

From Toronto to Hollywood

Born in Toronto, Mary Pickford’s many achievements both on-and off-screen were instrumental in developing filmmaking as an art form and the film industry at large. She was a trailblazer as an actress, producer, philanthropist, and business woman.

From a young age, Mary was the breadwinner for the Pickford Family and her early experiences on the stage and in film led her to advocate for herself and her fellow actors. She was one of the first actresses to negotiate her own contracts and the distribution rights of her films. Mary was also influential as a founding member of both United Artists and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

This exhibition highlights Mary’s work in silent and sound films, her familial and romantic relationships, and her leadership role for women in the industry. We invite you to rediscover Mary through this vibrant collection of films, photographs and objects.

The life and accomplishments of actress Mary Pickford is one of the exhibits at the Canadian Women in Film Museum in Cobourg, ON.
"I was forced to live far beyond my years when I was just a child, now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely.”
Mary Pickford
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Mary Pickford in Sparrows (1926)
Mary Pickford on location for Tess of the Storm Country (1922)
Mary Pickford on location for Tess of the Storm Country (1922)
Mary Pickford in Fanchon The Cricket (1914)
Mary Pickford in Fanchon The Cricket (1914)

Filmography

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Short Films (1909 - 1913)

American Biograph Company

  • Two Memories – May 24, 1909
  • His Duty – May 31, 1909
  • The Violin Maker of Cremona – June 7, 1909
  • The Lonely Villa – June 10, 1909
  • The Son’s Return – June 14th, 1909
  • The Faded Lilies – June 17, 1909
  • Her First Biscuits – June 17, 1909
  • The Peachbasket Hat – June 24, 1909
  • The Way of Man – June 28, 1909
  • The Necklace – July 1, 1909
  • The Country Doctor – July 8, 1909
  • The Cardinal’s Conspiracy – July 12, 1909
  • Tender Hearts – July 19, 1909
  • The Renunciation – July 19, 1909
  • Sweet and Twenty – July 22, 1909
  • The Slave – July 29, 1909
  • A Strange Meeting – August 2, 1909
  • They Would Elope – August 9, 1909
  • His Wife’s Visitor – August 19, 1909
  • The Indian Runner’s Romance – August 23, 1909
  • “Oh, Uncle” – August 26, 1909
  • The Seventh Day – August 26, 1909
  • The Little Darling – September 2, 1909
  • The Sealed Room – September 2, 1909
  • “1776” or, The Hessian Renegades – September 6, 1909
  • Getting Even (also author) – September 13, 1909
  • The Broken Locket – September 16, 1909
  • In Old Kentucky – September 20, 1909
  • The Awakening (also author) – September 30, 1909
  • The Little Teacher – October 11, 1909
  • His Lost Love – October 18, 1909
  • In the Watches of the Night – October 25, 1909
  • Lines of White on a Sullen Sea – October 28, 1909
  • What’s Your Hurry? – November 1, 1909
  • The Gibson Goddess – November 2, 1909
  • The Restoration – November 8, 1909
  • The Light That Came – November 11, 1909
  • A Midnight Adventure – November 18, 1909
  • The Mountaineer’s Honor – November 25, 1909
  • The Trick That Failed – November 29, 1909
  • Breakers – December 6, 1909
  • The Test – December 16, 1909
  • To Save Her Soul – December 27, 1909
  • The Day After (author only) – December 30, 1909
  • All On Account of the Milk – January 15, 1910
  • The Woman From Mellon’s – February 3, 1910
  • The Englishman and the Girl – February 17, 1910
  • The Newlyweds – March 3, 1910
  • The Thread of Destiny: A Story of the Old Southwest – March 7, 1910
  • The Twisted Trail: A Story of Fate in the Mountain Wilds – March 24, 1910
  • The Smoker – March 31, 1910
  • As It Is In Life – April 4, 1910
  • A Rich Revenge: A Comedy of the California Oil Fields – April 7, 1910
  • A Romance of the Western Hills – April 11, 1910
  • The Unchanging Sea – May 5, 1910
  • Love Among the Roses – May 9, 1910
  • The Two Brothers: In the Days of the Padres – May 12, 1910
  • Ramona: A Story of the White Man’s Injustice to the Indian – May 23, 1910
  • In the Season of Buds – June 2, 1910
  • A Victim of Jealousy – June 9, 1910
  • A Child’s Impulse – June 27, 1910
  • Never Again – June 30, 1910
  • May and December (also author) – June 30, 1910
  • Muggsy’s First Sweetheart – June 30, 1910
  • What the Daisy Said – July 11, 1910
  • The Call to Arms – July 25, 1910
  • An Arcadian Maid – August 1, 1910
  • When We Were in Our ‘Teens – August 15, 1910
  • The Sorrows of the Unfaithful – August 22, 1910
  • Willful Peggy – August 25, 1910
  • Muggsy Becomes a Hero – September 1, 1910
  • A Gold Necklace – October 6, 1910
  • The Masher – October 13, 1910
  • A Lucky Toothache – October 14, 1910
  • Waiter No. 5 – November 5, 1910
  • Simple Charity – November 14, 1910
  • The Song of the Wildwood Flute – November 21, 1910
  • A Plain Song – November 28, 1910
  • White Roses – December 22, 1910
  • When a Man Loves – January 5, 1911
  • The Italian Barber – January 9, 1911
  • Three Sisters – February 2, 1911
  • A Decree of Destiny – March 6, 1911
  • Madame Rex (author only) – April 17, 1911
  • The Mender of Nets – February 15, 1912
  • Iola’s Promise – March 14, 1912
  • Fate’s Interception – April 8, 1912
  • The Female of the Species – April 15, 1912
  • Just Like a Woman – April 18, 1912
  • Won by a Fish – April 22, 1912
  • The Old Actor – May 6, 1912
  • A Lodging for the Night – May 9, 1912
  • A Beast at Bay – May 27, 1912
  • Home Folks – June 6, 1912
  • Lena and the Geese (also author) – June 17, 1912
  • The School Teacher and the Waif – June 27, 1912
  • An Indian Summer – July 8, 1912
  • The Narrow Road – August 1, 1912
  • The Inner Circle – August 12, 1912
  • With the Enemy’s Help – August 19, 1912
  • A Pueblo Legend – August 29, 1912 – first Biograph two-reeler
  • Friends – September 23, 1912
  • So Near, Yet So Far – September 30, 1912
  • A Feud in the Kentucky Hills – October 3, 1912
  • The One She Loved – October 21, 1912
  • My Baby – November 14, 1912
  • The Informer – November 21, 1912
  • The New York Hat – December 6, 1912
  • The Unwelcome Guest – March 15, 1913
  • The Heart of an Outlaw – filmed 1909, unreleased

Independent Motion Picture Company (IMP)

  • Their First Misunderstanding – January 9, 1911
  • The Dream – January 23, 1911
  • Maid or Man – January 30, 1911
  • The Mirror – February 9, 1911
  • While the Cat’s Away – February 9, 1911
  • Her Darkest Hour – February 13, 1911
  • Artful Kate – February 23, 1911
  • A Manly Man – February 27, 1911
  • The Message in the Bottle – March 9, 1911
  • The Fisher Maid – March 16, 1911
  • In Old Madrid – March 20, 1911
  • Sweet Memories – March 27, 1911
  • The Stampede – April 17, 1911
  • Second Sight – May 1, 1911
  • The Fair Dentist – May 8, 1911
  • For Her Brother’s Sake – May 11, 1911
  • The Master and the Man – May 15, 1911
  • The Lighthouse Keeper – May 18, 1911
  • Back to the Soil – June 8, 1911
  • In the Sultan’s Garden – July 3, 1911
  • For the Queen’s Honor – July 6, 1911
  • A Gasoline Engagement – July 10, 1911
  • At a Quarter of Two – July 13, 1911
  • Science – July 24, 1911
  • The Skating Bug – July 31, 1911
  • The Call of the Song – August 13, 1911
  • As a Boy Dreams – August 24, 1911
  • The Toss of a Coin – August 31, 1911
  • ‘Tween Two Loves – September 28, 1911
  • The Rose’s Story – October 2, 1911
  • The Sentinel Asleep – October 9, 1911
  • The Better Way – October 12, 1911
  • His Dress Shirt – October 30, 1911
  • From the Bottom of the Sea – November 20, 1911

The Majestic Company

  • The Courting of Mary – November 26, 1911
  • Love Heeds Not the Showers – December 3, 1911
  • Little Red Riding Hood – December 17, 1911
  • The Caddy’s Dream – December 31, 1911
  • Honor Thy Father – February 9, 1912
Feature Films

*indicates that the film is "lost"

  • In the Bishop’s Carriage* – September 10, 1913
  • Caprice* – November 10, 1913
  • Hearts Adrift*– February 10, 1914
  • A Good Little Devil* - March 1, 1914
  • Tess of the Storm Country– March 20, 1914
  • The Eagle’s Mate – July 10, 1914
  • Such a Little Queen* - September 21,1914
  • Behind the Scenes – October 26, 1914
  • Cinderella – December 28 1914
  • Mistress Nell – February 1, 1915
  • Fanchon the Cricket – May 10, 1915
  • The Dawn of A Tomorrow – June 7, 1915
  • Little Pal – July 1,1915
  • Rags – August 2, 1915
  • Esmeralda* - September 6, 1915
  • A Girl of Yesterday* – October 7, 1915
  • Madam Butterfly – November 7, 1915
  • The Foundling = January 3,1916
  • Poor Little Peppina – February 20, 1916
  • The Eternal Grind – April 17, 1916
  • Hulda from Holland – July 31, 1916
  • Less Than the Dust – November 5, 1916
  • The Pride of the Clan – January 7, 1917
  • Poor Little Rich Girl – March 5, 1917
  • A Roman of the Redwoods – May 14, 1917
  • The Little American – July 2, 1917
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – September 22,1917
  • All-Star Production of Patriotic Episodes for the Second Liberty Loan* - October 1,
  • 1917
  • A little Princess – November 5, 1917
  • Stella Maris – January 21, 1918
  • Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley – March 11, 1918
  • M’Liss – April 18, 1918
  • How Could You, Jean?* - June 23, 1918
  • Johanna Enlists – September 15, 1918
  • One Hundred Percent American (short) – October 5, 1918
  • Captain Kidd, Jr.* - April 6, 1919
  • Daddy-Long-Legs – May 11, 1919
  • The Hoodlum – August 31, 1919
  • Heart o’ the Hills – November 30,1919
  • Pollyanna – January 18, 1920
  • Suds – June 27, 1920
  • The Love Light – January 9, 1921
  • Through the Back Door – May 5, 1921
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy – September 11, 1921
  • Tess of the Storm Country – November 12,1922
  • Rosita – September 3, 1923
  • Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall – May 25, 1924
  • Little Annie Rooney – October 18, 1925
  • The Black Pirate – March 8, 1926
  • Sparrows – May 14, 1926
  • A Kiss from Mary Pickford – September 9, 1927
  • My Best Girl – October 31, 1927
  • The Gaucho – January 1, 1928
  • Coquette – April 12, 1939
  • Taming of the Shrew – October 26, 1929
  • Kiki – March 14, 1931
  • Secrets – March 15, 1933
  • Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove – December 1, 1933