Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman by Kathleen A. FeeleyMary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman by Kathleen A. Feeley

Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman

byKathleen A. Feeley

Paperback | February 23, 2016

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On screen and off, movie star Mary Pickford personified the 'New Woman' of the early 1900s, a moniker given to women who began to demand more autonomy inside and outside the home. Well educated and career-minded, these women also embraced the new mass culture in which consumption and leisure were seen to play a pivotal role in securing happiness. Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman examines Pickford's role in the rise of industrial capitalism and consumer culture, and uses her life and unprecedented career as a wildly popular actress and savvy film mogul to illustrate the opportunities and obstacles faced by American women during this time.

Following Pickford's life from her childhood on stage to her rise as a powerful studio executive, this book gives an overview of her enduring contribution to American film and mass culture. It also explores her struggles to surpass her confining public film persona as 'America's Sweetheart' with her creative and business achievements, mirroring how women, both then and today, must reconcile domestic life with professional aspirations and work.

About the Lives of American Women series: Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a woman's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a 'good read' featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Kathleen Feeley is associate professor in the Department of History and an advisory board member of the Women's and Gender Studies program and the Visual and Media Studies program at the University of Redlands. She is co-editor (with Jennifer Frost) of When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in American History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)...
Title:Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New WomanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813348056

ISBN - 13:9780813348056

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Table of Contents


1 From Gladys Smith to Mary Pickford: A Childhood on Stage and At Work, 1892-1909
2 Pickford and the Moving Pictures: Creating the Art and Business of Film, 1909–1913
3 A Star and a Producer are Born, 1913-1916
4 America’s Sweetheart and American Empire in the Age of the Great War, 1917-1920
5 Mary and Doug: American Royalty, Hollywood Style, 1920-1926
6 Weathering Personal, Industrial, and Economic Crises, 1927-1936
7 Studio Executive and Philanthropist: A Life Beyond Performing, 1936-1979

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Study Questions

Editorial Reviews

“Mary Pickford emerges as a woman of depth and business acumen that bely her reputation as America's Sweetheart. In this biography Pickford is the product of an underprivileged childhood and a rapidly changing America who has the wherewithal and talent to make it on her own. Her influence is felt far beyond the screen into the very depths of Hollywood's development.”—Tonia M. Compton, Columbia College of MissouriPraise for the Lives of American Women series:“Finally! The majority of students—by which I mean women—will have the opportunity to read biographies of women from our nation's past. (Men can read them too, of course!) The ‘Lives of American Women' series features an eclectic collection of books, readily accessible to students who will be able to see the contributions of women in many fields over the course of our history. Long overdue, these books will be a valuable resource for teachers, students, and the public at large.”—Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty