Today is the birthday of the first movie star, Mary Pickford born in 1892. The actress started in short silent films by D. W. Griffith, received the second best actress Oscar winner, and would become one of the most famous women in the world at the time.
Although she helped define early Hollywood, Pickford was was born in my hometown of Toronto, Ontario (the hospital for Sick Children now sits on the site of her former house). In addition to staring in many movies (see her IMDB profile), she was one of the co-founders of the United Artists studio.
In honour of her achievements and charitable work, Canada Post released a postage stamp and postcard of Mary Pickford:
Here’s Canada Post‘s description of the postcard:
Toronto-born Mary Pickford defined the concept of a movie star. In 1909, she appeared in her first film and found immediate success. ‘America’s Sweetheart’ beguiled viewers and became internationally renowned for the charming characters she portrayed on screen. This postage-paid postcard for mailing in Canada and around the world highlights her tremendous appeal in the early years of the silver screen.