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Hollywood Heritage's MARY PICKFORD: Queen of the Movies

On Feburary 13, 2012, 7:30 pm, film historian Christel Schmidt, editor and contributor to the new book, Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies will be speaking at the Hollywood Heritage's DeMille Barn about Mary Pickford’s contributions during World War I efforts. Schmidt was awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on Mary Pickford. Schmidt also coedited Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture. She is currently researching and writing about the careers of stage actresses during the Progressive Era.

For those members who are not that familiar with Pickford, aside from from being a giant early film actress, she later also became one of the key founder/partners of United Artists.

A screening of one of Pickford’s films from the Library of Congress’ collection, JOHANNA ENLISTS, will follow her talk. Directed by William Desmond Taylor and adapted from a story by Rupert Hughes (Howard’s uncle) and Frances Marion, Johanna Enlists is about a girl bored with country life who prays for thrills and romance—and receives both when an entire army regiment arrives.

Note: "The Barn" is a relatively small meeting place and for popular programs can fill up quickly so it is advised that you buy your ticket online in advance ($15 general public or $5 for Hollywood Heritage members via the following weblink...

Frances Marion was set to serve as a war correspondent in France when Pickford asked her to stay to write the scenario for the film. A reluctant Marion agreed, and never regretted it. Pickford served as the Honorary Colonel to the 143rd Field Artillery and made arrangements for the regiment to appear in Johanna Enlists. Marion accompanied Mary to visit their camp outside Santa Ana, where she met the Everchaplain, Fred Thomson. It was love at first sight. Thomson eventually left both the military as well as the clergy, married Marion and rode off into the sunset to star in Westerns.

Pickford continued her patriotic endeavors, participating in the Third Liberty Loan Drive tour in April 1918, which also enabled her to pursue her relationship with fellow campaigner Douglas Fairbanks.

In addition to making propaganda films such as Johanna Enlists and selling war bonds, Pickford was involved with the Red Cross, arranging for the donation of two ambulances. At the end of the war, it was Pickford’s suggestion that surplus funds in the Ambulance Fund be dedicated to form a new organization, the Motion Picture Fund. This undoubtedly was Pickford’s most important World War I legacy.

The DeMille Barn is on Highland Avenue in the parking lot across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. The historic woodframe building was recently repainted in a putty color which at night makes it very difficult to see.

Parking is plentiful and FREE.

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  • KC

    Loved it! I really enjoyed learning more about Pickford and watching 1 of the 3 surviving short silent features was a treat.

    February 19, 2013

  • Tom S.

    I'm not able to make the program after all.

    See you guys soon, though!

    February 12, 2013

  • Jasmine

    My boss is out of town and I can already see this week will be a nightmare. Don't want to commit to anything.

    February 11, 2013

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    A former member

    I also am looking forward to my first TCM meetup event.

    February 8, 2013

  • KC

    Looking forward to my very first TCM meet-up event!!

    January 15, 2013

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