I did another search on YouTube (oh, the glorious things you can find on there ... and some frightening stuff, as well), this time for Mary Pickford films. I hate to admit I've never seen a complete movie of hers. What came up was "The Country Doctor," a 1909 Biography film. While Pickford is in it, she's not a lead. The female lead is Florence Lawrence.
While Mary Pickford's name is familiar (at least to film buffs and fans of old Hollywood), Ms. Lawrence is less known--at least in general. She is known as the "first movie star" because actors were uncredited in movies before her. She was uncredited for a while, too, until she gained popularity with audiences and they wanted to know who "the Biograph Girl" was. The Biograph Company made films from 1895 to 1928. It was the first company devoted to only making films (source).
The cast and even director (D.W. Griffith) are uncredited, but you can view them here.
Florence Lawrence (1890-1938)
Buried in Hollywood Forever
She did not have a grave marker until 1991, when actor Roddy McDowall purchased one for her and had it placed.
This is my current list of the silent film stars I am considering for inclusion in my book "Forever Silent." Who else should I consider including? Is there any information or anecdotes you'd like to share about any of the ladies?
Belle Bennett (I don't have any information collected on her yet)
Gladys Brockwell (location of remains unknown)
Jewel Carmen (location of remains unknown - scattered)
Dorothy Donnelly (location of remains unknown)
Corinne Griffith (location of remains unknown - scattered at sea?)
Florence La Badie
Barbara La Marr
Laura La Plante
Enid Markey (location of remains unknown)
Mary Miles Minter
Marie Prevost (location of remains unknown)
Lois Weber (location of remains unknown)
Clara Kimball Young
I'm the author of a number of cemetery books and am now writing one about the graves of silent film stars, starting with the ladies. Who would you like to see included?
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