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★ ‘Coquette’ (1929) – Vintage Film Poster

★ Canadian-American actress and producer, Mary Pickford, was born on this day in 1892. In a film career lasting from 1909 to 1933, she appeared in over 150 shorts and 52 feature films, and was the most popular actress of the 1910s and 1920s. Variously dubbed ‘Queen of the Movies’, ‘America’s Sweetheart’, and ‘the girl with the curls’, Pickford’s immense popularity saw her earn a record-breaking salary of $10,000 a week in 1916. A co-founder of film studio United Artists (with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffiths), she was also one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and would herself win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Coquette’ (1929). She’s seen here in an illustrated film poster for ‘Coquette’, sporting a daring 1920s bob haircut instead of her famous ringlets… a haircut which even made the front-page of the New York Times!

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