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Mary Pickford

Canada’s Silent Siren, America’s Sweetheart

by Peggy Dymond Leavey

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Mary Pickford’s ambition, passion, innate talent, and savvybusiness acumen sent her career into the stratosphere and set the blueprint forthe modern movie star. Born Gladys Louise Smith in 1892, Pickford was raised ina house on University Avenue in Toronto and began her acting career on the stage.However, her determination led her to the new world of motion pictures, whereshe not only revolutionized acting method but negotiated her own terms for thehighest salary for any actress and complete creative control over her films —unheard of behaviour for a woman of that period.

Pickford co-founded UnitedArtists in 1919 with Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin, which turned theexisting studio system on its head. The actress’s subsequent marriage toFairbanks incited a fan frenzy comparable to today’s obsession with coupleslike Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Although Pickford’s star faded with theadvent of talking pictures, she was the catalyst for the culture of Hollywoodcelebrity that enthralls us today.

About the Author

Peggy Dymond Leavey's previous books include Sky Lake Summer, The Deep End Gang, and The Path Through the Trees, all of which were nominated for the Silver Birch Award. Recently, she published Growing Up Ivy, Mary Pickford, and Laura Secord. Peggy lives in Trenton, Ontario.

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Contributor Notes

Peggy Dymond Leavey’s ten previous books include Sky Lake Summer, The Deep End Gang, and The Path Through the Trees, all of which have been nominated for the Silver Birch Award. She has also been shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice award, the Arthur Ellis Award, and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award. Her most recent book, Growing Up Ivy, was published by Dundurn in 2010.

A retired librarian, Peggy has published stories and articles in newspapers and magazines and was contributing editor on three books of local history. Her interest in the pioneers of early motion pictures began with her research into the movie industry of her hometown, Trenton, Ontario — Canada’s filmmaking capital from 1917–1934. Writing the life of Mary Pickford was a natural progression.

Visit Peggy at www.peggydymondleavey.com

Editorial Reviews

“…successfully uses imagined dialogue and quotations from Pickford’s own memoirs to add zest to the narrative.”

— CM Magazine

“..true inspiration for young women, whether it be aspiring actors, building self-esteem, or for the ambitious soul in becoming motivated.”

— Resource Links

"Whether you are Canadian or American, this is a great read, not only about the life of Mary Pickford but an inside look at the birth of the movie industry."

— Worldofgord.com

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