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Mary was best friends with Lilian Gish, who kept a clipping file on her friend Mary.

After making her millions, Mary believed in helping people who started out poor as she did growing up in Toronto as Gladys Smith.

A highly knowledgable & successful businesswoman, had no formal education in film, business, economics or law.

was well known for her hair, a considerable sample of which exists today at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The Library has not only many of 's films but also photos, posters, manuscripts related to her & her career.

Mary was also an important philanthropist, helping in war efforts, orphan's benefits, retired movie workers etc.

In 1919, Mary , Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplain & director DW Griffith formed United Artists to finance & keep creative control

At age 24, Mary hammered out a landmark contract (with her mother's support) that set her for life as an actor & producer.

The film career of Mary began in 1911 & by 1914 was considered "the most popular girl in the world."

Mary acted from an early age. As a teen, she got her start on Broadway after getting a meeting w/ prominent producer David Belasco

Mary , born in poverty in Canada in 1892, grew up to be film's first great star & one of the world's wealthiest women.

Today's lecture on "Mary Pickford, Queen of the Movies," is being taped for later presentation on the web

John Cole of the Library's Center for the Book welcomes & introduces author Christel Schmidt.

Today, the Library has 156 of the estimated 210 films Mary made between 1909 & 1933. (36 are considered lost.)

Christel Schmidt will discuss her new book, "Mary Pickford, Queen of the Movies" in the Library's Theater starting... now!

In 1946, Mary provided the Library with the foundation of its motion picture collection.

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