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Mary Pickford – divine nymph

Mary Pickford - divine nymph

Mary Pickford – divine nymph

Mary Pickford was a famous film and theater actress, the first star of American cinema. She became one of the most influential women in the history of world cinema, founded several production companies and was among the founders of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts. Mary was the legend of silent films. She appeared in about 250 films.
Mary was born Gladys Louise Smith on April 8, 1893 in Toronto, Canada. Her father, John Charles Smith, was an alcoholic laborer who abandoned his family. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1898 after an accident at work. Her mother, Charlotte, took in borders and sewing to support her family. Mary had younger brother Jack and younger sister Lottie.
Pickford began acting at the age of six to support her family. She worked primarily in stock company melodramas in Toronto and tours across Canada.
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Sarah Bernhardt – Divine Sarah

Sarah Bernhardt - Divine Sarah

Sarah Bernhardt – Divine Sarah

Sarah Bernhardt was the greatest actress in the history of the theatre. She fascinated audiences around the world.
Sarah Bernhardt (nee Henriette Rosine Bernard) was born on October 22, 1844 in Paris, France. Her mother, Julie Bernard, was a beautiful woman who had many lovers. Sarah never knew her father. There was no place in Julie’s life for Sarah.
Little Sarah lived with a nanny in England. She could stay there until the age of majority, if not an accident: the nanny had left Sarah alone with her husband, a disabled person, Sarah was able to get out of her chair and came too close to the fireplace, the dress caught fire. Neighbors saved her. At that time her mother Julie (or Judith) was travelling in Europe with her sponsor. She came to England and took Sarah to Paris. However, she soon left her daughter again. Sometime later Sarah fell down and broke her arm and leg. Finally her mother took the little girl.
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