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birth name: Gladys Smith born: Toronto, Canada Mary Pickford was early Hollywood's biggest female star, and the first female actor to receive more than a million dollars a year. The first male actor who made a million dollar deal was CharlieChaplin. prior to 1909: studied theatre actress in New York 1909: discovered by DwGriffith at Biograph, worked for $5 a week 1910: I.M.P., $175 a week 1911: Majestic Film Corp. 1912: back to Biograph 1913: Belasco as theatre actress 1913: Famous Players, $20,000 a year 1915: worked for various companies, $1000 to $2000 a week 1916: founded The Mary Pickford Corporation as a part of Paramount, she gets about $10,000 a week. She became the first actress who was the producer of her own films 1918: First National. She gets $675,000 for three films plus 50% of all profits, plus a signing bonus of $50,000 and complete control over her films, ranging from script to the final cut. 1919: Founded United Artists together with CharlieChaplin , DwGriffith and her husband DouglasFairbanks