Mary Pickford portraits from her private collection. By Hartsook Photo.
Mary Pickford in Daddy Long Legs, 1919, dir. Marshall Neilan
“She was in a class by herself. In every part she played she was an exquisite delight. Whether comic, pathetic, dramatic, tragic or any other old thing, she simply took the rag right off. The power of expression that lay in her features was nothing less than marvelous, and the lightning changes were a wonder. In fact, she was a wonder altogether, and her versatility would be unbelievable, if a fellow hadn’t seen it.”
P.C. Levar in a letter published in Moving Pictures World.
(Full text of this wonderful letter at the link).
Happy birthday, Florence.
1920’s publicity photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull
florence lawrence (1886-1938) - the first movie star. before this lady, early actors and actresses in films remained anonymous. she became famous when a rumour of her death was circulated, then after some time it was publicly announced that she was in fact alive. it was then that she became well known and began appearing under her own name in films and earning much more money for doing them.