Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the pantheon of film celebrity, Mary Pickford's name should be as widely recognized as Chaplin's, yet it isn't. Pickford was the first film superstar, the first woman to earn a million dollars a year, and, for a time, the most famous face in the world. In this latest title on Pickford, Schmidt (coeditor, Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture) has brought together some of the best essays ever written about the star, along with gorgeous color images of film posters, film stills, candid photos, and rare detailed images of costumes from some of Pickford's most famous roles. Pickford reigned as "Queen of the Movies" for almost 20 years before she gradually faded into relative obscurity. VERDICT This impressive anthology belongs in the collection of any fan of silent film and perfectly showcases why Pickford was a superstar. It will interest a wide audience and is an important work on one of the leading lights of cinematic history.—Teri Shiel, Westfield State Univ. Lib., MA
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"Those who love silent films will relish Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies." -- Pittsburgh Stage and Screen Examiner

"Schmidt's Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies is a gorgeous new coffee table book.--Amy Longsdorf" -- Amy Longsdorf, The Morning Call

"In addition to its luscious photographs, many in color, the content is fascinating....This book is a must-read for both Pickford and silent film fans." -- San Francisco Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813136479
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 11/22/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 474,343
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christel Schmidt is a film historian, writer, and editor. She was awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on Mary Pickford and is coeditor of Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    This is an absolutely stunning book. The definitive edition on t

    This is an absolutely stunning book. The definitive edition on the life of Mary Pickford. Glorious pictures throughout. A must-have.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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