Although she was affectionately called the "girl with the curls" by American audiences and played childhood roles well into her twenties, Mary Pickford was a woman with grit. Pickford started acting at age five, and got her big break at sixteen. That next year she appeared in fifty-one silent films (that's nearly one a week!). Pickford also started the United Artists film studio with another silent film actor, Charlie Chaplin. Sadly, with the advent of talkie films her star faded. The actress resisted speaking roles, saying that "adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo."
In this 1922 photo Pickford was snapped relaxing in her Hollywood home. Her famous long curls were cut into a '20s flapper girl 'do (she pulled a Keri Russell). In a loose-fitting silk dress and fur stole it's easy to see how she captured peoples' attention without ever saying a word.
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