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    The actress Mary Pickford, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the heyday of the cinema, has died at the age of 86.

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    SV HOLLYWOOD 1919: Mary Pickford signs United Artists paper with Charlie Chaplin, W.S. Hart and D.W. Griffiths.

    SV Mary Pickford with Charlie Chaplin after signing.

    SV Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks getting off 'Lapland' in Europe and shaking hands with well-wishers.

    SV Cameraman filming.

    CU Pickford and Fairbanks on dock. (7 SHOTS)

    GV 1936: Mary Pickford with third husband, Buddy Rogers, answering question. (2 SHOTS)

    INTERVIEWER: "The world's sweetheart, Mary Pickford, is to wed Buddy Rogers. Congratulations, Buddy. Tell us, what are your plans after you are married next spring?"

    ROGERS: "Well, I have...I mean, we have lots of plans, haven't we, Mary?"

    PICKFORD: "Yes."

    ROGERS: "But I think the big boss better tell you all about plans."

    PICKFORD: "Well, we're going to build a ranch in the Valley, where Bud can keep his horse on it."

    ROGERS: "Well, thanks Mary. What are you going to do while I'm busy with the pony?"

    PICKFORD: "Well, I haven't told you before, But I thought I'd like to have an aeroplane."

    ROGERS: "Oh yes.."

    PICKFORD: "Yes...if you don't mind."

    ROGERS: "You're going to take the air."

    PICKFORD: "Yes."

    ROGERS: "Just so you don't get it."

    PICKFORD: "No, not to you. Goodbye."

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    Background: The actress Mary Pickford, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the heyday of the cinema, has died at the age of 86. Known as "America's Sweetheart" she made her name in films such as Pollyanna and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Miss Pickford was admitted to hospital on May 25th suffering from a cerebral haemorrhage. For the past 15 years she'd been a virtual recluse in her Hollywood home.

    SYNOPSIS: By 1919 Mary Pickford was so successful that she became an independent producer, as one of the founders of United Artists. Along with Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffiths and another of the famous names of the cinema, Charlie Chaplin, she formed a production company destined to be one of the biggest in Hollywood.

    Douglas Fairbanks was Mary's second husband, after she'd been married briefly to the actor Owen Moore, and during the 1920s they were, to many fans around the world, the ideal movie couple. But, as an actress, she felt frustrated by the refusal of the public to accept her in any role but that of the childhood heroine. Unlike many other silent movie stars, she made a successful transition to 'talkies' when they became popular in the 1930s.

    She made the Taming of the Shrew with Douglas Fairbanks, more than 20 years after her film debut in 1909, but decided to retire from the screen in the mid-1930s. Her decision was believed to have been hastened by divorce from Fairbanks. In 1937, she married the former juvenile actor and orchestra leader Charles 'Buddy' Rogers in Beverly Hills.

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