Canadian Beauty – Mary Pickford

‘America’s Sweetheart’ – the Canadian born actress, Mary Pickford  (born Gladys Smith in Toronto, Ontario in 1892) was also one of Hollywood’s film pioneers, along with fellow Canadians Mack Sennett, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Marie Dressler, and others. In 1917, around the height of her success, Pickford was given the title of Pompeian Beauty of the Year by the Pompeian Manufacturing Company, and posed for their night cream in a magazine advertisement, also making her Canada’s first international model.

In 1938, after her career had faded, she developed Mary Pickford Cosmetics, a range of make-up products designed to be affordable to the masses. However, the product line  doesn’t seem to have lasted long, disappearing after a couple of years.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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