Mary Pickford B'Day Celebration (feat. "Little Annie Rooney" and "Suds"!)

Mary Pickford is remembered as the First Lady of the silent era, the world’s first film superstar — a wide-eyed, golden-haired ingenue whose warmth and expressiveness endeared her to the world. But her legacy as “the actress who invented film” often eclipses her incredible rise from America’s first cinematic sweetheart to studio head of legendary United Artists, where her creative and business partnerships with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and husband Douglas Fairbanks revolutionized the film industry, and shaped what would become our conception of 20th century Hollywood. Tonight, the Mary Pickford Foundation joins the Cinefamily to wish happy birthday to a woman whose incredible influence matched her prescient acumen, tender beauty, and superstardom. This full-evening celebration features an archival 35mm double-feature of Little Annie Rooney (1925) and Suds (1920) — two Pickford classics in which her spirited sweetness shines in full force. The evening also opens with appearances by special guests Elaina Archer (director of The Mary Pickford Foundation) and Carl Beauchamp (noted Pickford scholar!)

Little Annie Rooney Dir. William Beaudine, 1925, 35mm, 94 min. (Archival print courtesy of the UCLA Film And Television Archive)
Suds Dir. John Francis Dillon, 1920, 35mm, 65 min. (Archival print courtesy of the UCLA Film And Television Archive)

Watch our original trailer for the Silent Treatment’s Mary Pickford Birthday Celebration: