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April 8th is Mary Pickford’s 125th Birthday! A Namoradinha da América – Fundadora da Academia e da United Artists


Em Homenagem à eterna Namoradinha da América, hoje, não postaremos mais nada, para que a Rainha dos Filmes ficar, o dia todo, no alto do site do Homem Culto.


Birthday Remembrance, Mary Pickford
April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979

Known during the height of her career as “America’s Sweetheart” and the “girl with the curls“, Pickford was a co-founder of United Artists film studio and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was awarded the second ever Academy Award for Best Actress for her first ‘talkie’ film role in Coquette (1929).

Her film career spanned over four decades with over 250 film credits. Mary was the older sister of actors Lottie Pickford (1893-1936) and Jack Pickford (1896-1933).

In her personal life, Pickford was married three times to actors Owen Moore (1911-1920), Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (1920-1936) and Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers (1937-1979).



She adopted two children with Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers; a son Ronald Charles Rogers ( b.1937) and a daughter Roxanne Rogers (1944- 2007).

Pickford died at the age of 87 in Santa Monica, California of a cerebral hemorrhage and is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. 



  • 125º aniversário de Mary Pickford

  • Lights, camera, action! Today’s doodle honors the “Queen of the Movies,” Mary Pickford. An actress, a film director, and a producer, Mary Pickford proved that actors weren’t relegated to careers in front of the camera. She co-founded the film studio United Artists and was one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Before she became one of the most powerful women who has ever worked in Hollywood, she was “the girl with the curls,” and one of the most beloved stars of the silent film era. She appeared in as many as 50 films per year, and eventually negotiated wages that were equal to half of each of her films’ profits. She went on to demand full creative and financial control of her films, a feat still unheard of to this day.


    She used her stardom to bring awareness to causes close to her heart. She sold Liberty Bonds during World War I, created the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and revolutionized the film industry by giving independent film producers a way to distribute their films outside the studio system. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role in Coquette (1929), and an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 1976.

    Today, we pay tribute to Mary Pickford’s enterprising leadership on what would be her 125th birthday.


O Fim dos velhos estúdios de cinema


Demolition Has Begun at Old United Artists Studio in WeHo

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, by Adrian Glick Kudler

Image via Save the Pickfair Studios

Demolition has begun at West Hollywood’s The Lot, the Target-adjacent studio once known as Pickford-Fairbanks, United Artists, and the Samuel Goldwyn Studio.

Developer CIM Group plans to build new offices and soundstages on the property, but that means lights out for several historic buildings, including the 1920s-era Pickford building.

A group of preservationists protested outside The Lot on Sunday, but according to the Save the Pickfair Studios site, “by 10 AM PST the next day the fencing had gone up around the ‘Pickford Building’.” Deconstruction started later that day.

CIM put out a statement on Saturday saying “All buildings designated as historic will remain…CIM is beginning the initial phase of the revitalization of The Lot’s 11-acre site by removing two non-historic buildings and constructing a new 93,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art media office building designed for production and media companies.”

It says that no other part of the six-phase development has been scheduled yet.

According to Save the Pickfair Studios, there are four more “buildings with historical value” on the site.

They also say that a supporter has overnighted an application to put the studio on the California Register of Historical Resources. Here’s a video showing a bit of the studio back in the Pickford-Fairbanks days:



Demo Planned For Parts of WeHo’s Old United Artists Studio

Monday, March 26, 2012, by Adrian Glick Kudler

Image via Google Street View

The former Pickford-Fairbanks Studio/United Artists Studio/Samuel Goldwyn Studio/Warner Hollywood Studio is set for partial demolition, as developer CIM Group preps to majorly expand the lot’s capacity. As you might have guessed by now, the place holds quite a bit of Hollywood history.

The 11 acre lot now known as The Lot sits at Santa Monica and Formosa in West Hollywood, just west of the Target, with a little seepage into the city of LA.

It was originally built in 1919 by silent filmmaker Jesse Hampton, who sold to Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, who eventually teamed up with Charlie Chaplin and DW Griffith to form United Artists. Tenants now say their leases are being allowed to expire and a WeHo planner tells the LA Times that CIM will begin demolition “in a few weeks” for a six-phase project that “will more than double the studio’s space to 671,087 square feet.”

That includes the addition of three new soundstages and buildings up to six stories high. Up for demolition: the 1927 Pickford building, the 1932 Goldwyn building (now used for sound editing), the Writers Building, the Fairbanks Building, the Editorial Building, Frank Sinatra’s old bungalow, “and a block-long row of production offices that line Santa Monica Boulevard.”

The studio has a sign calling it a “Potential Cultural Resource,” which is not actually any kind of binding designation; the LA Conservancy and other preservation groups are now looking into what can be done to save the old studio.

CIM intends to preserve “a wall-like facade that extends along Santa Monica Boulevard around [Howard] Hughes’ secret garage entrance.”

But what about the possibly mythical tunnel that linked up the soundstages to the Formosa Cafe and the “ornate wooden door hand-built by Harrison Ford, who was working as a studio carpenter when he was “discovered” by filmmaker George Lucas”?

· Storied West Hollywood studio buildings to be demolished [LAT]

· Demo Planned For Parts of WeHo’s Old United Artists Studio [Curbed LA]