Mary Pickford

Birth Name: Gladys Louise Smith

Date of Birth: April 8, 1892

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death: May 29, 1979

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Mary Pickford was a Canadian and American actress, writer, director, and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Coquette (1929). In 1919, Mary co-founded film studio United Artists, with, among others, her then-husband, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer Douglas Fairbanks. Mary was one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Mary was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She later moved to the U.S.

Mary was married to actor and musician Charles “Buddy” Rogers, until her death. The couple had two children, who were adopted.

Mary’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Smith and Sarah Key (the daughter of Thomas Key and Elizabeth). Joseph was born in Liverpool, England. Sarah was English. Thomas was the son of John Key and Ann.

Mary’s maternal grandparents were John Hennessy and Catherine Faeley. John was born in Tralee, Ireland, to parents whose surnames were Hennessy and Pickford. Catherine was also of Irish origin.

Sources: Genealogies of Mary Pickford –

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2 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Sarah was English.
    John’s parents’ surnames were “Hennessy” and “Pickford”.

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