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Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS AND MARY PICKFORD. Highly influential married couple of the 1920-30s who became "Hollywood Royalty" after co-founding The United Artists Film studios.

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS SR d1939. American actor director and producer best known for his 1920s swashbuckling silent classics ; The Thief of Baghdad / Robin Hood and The Mark of Zorro. An astute businessman, he was a co-founder of United Artists and also introduced the first Oscars Ceremony in 1929. He married actress Mary Pickford in 1920 and the couple became Hollywood A-listers. He died of a heart attack in his sleep in December 1939 aged just 59. His famous last words "I have never felt better......."

MARY PICKFORD d1979. Canadian silent film actress and early Hollywood pioneer nicknamed "Little Mary The Girl With The Curls" who went on to co-found The United Artists Film Studios. At the peak of her fame during the 1910-20s, she was the most famous woman in the world making 52 features ; earning a then record $10,000 per week in 1916 with her films regularily grossing over $1million each. Sparrows (1926) and My Best Girl (1927) are considered to be silent Hollywood classics ; she won an oscar for Coquette in 1929. Her career faded with the arrival of sound in movies (which she had underestimated the impact of) and she retired from acting in 1933. She became a film producer often in partnership with Charlie Chaplin and a member of the exclusive Hollywood set ; being well known for her lavish celebrity parties at home. In later life she became reclusive and suffered with the family ailment of alcoholism. She died of a celebral hemorrhage aged 87 in 1979.

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Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford

Reference number:

9442
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Description:

A very good original pair of vintage consecutive autograph book pages, clearly signed in ink by both Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford (sincerely yours SS Queen Mary April 1938).

 

Certification:

From the autograph book of J Hudson who was an Assistant Purser on the SS Queen Mary. Many of the autographs are dated 1938 and some have added notation Re Queen Mary (See Code 9442 Mary Pickford). Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were no longer married at this time (they had divorced in January 1936). During 1938 Pickford travelled widely promoting Mary Pickford Cosmetics, a range of make-up products designed to be affordable to the mass-market. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

15x13cm Sized Autograph Book Pages

20x14in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

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Good. View Image. 

Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford

Reference number:

6368
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A wonderful original 1921 autograph book page, clearly signed and dated in ink by both Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

 

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This time was a defining period in both the lives of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. In 1919 they co-founded United Artists with Charlie Chaplin and D W Griffith. In 1920, she divorced her first husband and married Fairbanks. At the end of World War I, she conceived of the Motion Picture Relief Fund, an organization to help financially needy actors. Leftover funds from her work selling Liberty Bonds were put toward its creation and in 1921 the Motion Picture Relief Fund (MPRF) was officially incorporated, with Joseph Schenck voted its first president and Mary Pickford as its vice president. In 1921, she enjoyed huge success with her film Little Lord Fauntleroy. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

12x9cm Sized Autograph Book Page

24x16in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford

Reference number:

5769
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Description:

An original pair of vintage 1930s signed cards in black and green ink by both Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

 

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.