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Daily Video for June 24 – Mary Pickford Makes Millions

TODAY IN HISTORY…

The First Female Million DOllar Film Star

On June 24, 1916, Mary Pickford, arguably the first female film mega-star, signs a million dollar contract with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players (later Paramount Pictures), giving her full control over what films she can star in and earning her a salary of $10,000 a week (over $235,000 today).

Already one of the biggest stars of silent film, her fame will only grow as a result.  She will go on to become one of the first female film directors and producers, and in 1920 will invest in 1/4 of her own film studio, United Artists, along with stars Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and director D.W. Griffith.

Check out these videos about Mary, her early films, and United Artists:

On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 26, 2020!

MAY 26, 2020

Today is:

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Cherry Dessert Day

National Paper Airplane Day

World Redhead Day

  World Dracula Day

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

AL JOLSON (1886-1950) — Lithuanian-American comedian and actor.  Best known for his lead role in the first “talkie”, The Jazz Singer.
DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965) — American photojournalist, best known for her Great Depression-era photos of struggling workers.
JOHN WAYNE  (1907-1979) — American actor, director, and producer.  Most well known for his roles in Westerns over 3 decades.
PETER CUSHING (1913-1994) — English actor best known for his roles in horror films and as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars.
STEVIE NICKS (1948) — American singer-songwriter.  Known for her career with the band Fleetwood Mac and solo work..
HANK WILLIAMS, JR.  (1949) — American country singer-songwriter known widely for his Monday Night Football themes.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1868 – The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.
1896 – Charles Dow first publishes the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“The Dow”)
1897 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula is first published.
1967 –The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heats Club Band album is released.
Infographic

Infographic — The History of Hollywood

History of Hollywood

You hear “Hollywood” today and probably instantly think of the film industry and mega-movie stars, but it wasn’t always this way.  From its humble beginnings as part of a ranch turned residential community in 1886 through 2001, where Hollywood is like we know it today, this infographic traces the history and growth of this small town as it grew and became embraced by the film industry. [VIA]

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