Mary Pickford Biopic Announced! Based on Eileen Whitfield’s Biography “Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood.”

I was really excited to learn that Eileen Whitfield’s wonderful biography on the life and career of Mary Pickford has been bought by Poverty Row Entertainment for an upcoming biopic. Pickford was a woman ahead of her time, she had an amazing life and career and she deserves to have her story told on screen.

Of course, the benchmark film in this genre is Chaplin (1992), starring Robert Downey Jr. One of the best biopics ever made!

Congratulations to everyone involved!


Actress, Jill Clayburgh and playwright, David Rabe’s daughter, Lily Rabe (above) will play Mary Pickford in the yet to be titled film.


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6 responses to “Mary Pickford Biopic Announced! Based on Eileen Whitfield’s Biography “Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood.”

  1. Hi Michelle, hope all is well with you. I would love to be excited about a Mary Pickford move (I loved the book) but I am hesitant because I find it hard to believe that the producers could be true to a book of that scope. Mary Pickford was a special gifted woman and I would hate to see a movie on her that wasn’t factual and complete Guess that I am still having nightmares over those awful Jean Harlow movies.

  2. Suellen Pellat

    I saw her in “American Horror Story” and she’s a very good actress. This biopic is looking good !

  3. I just bought the book from amazon haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I hope to read it soon can’t wait for the movie. Now I would love a bio on Mabel Normand or the William Desmond Taylor Murder. Any more news on the Lupe movie?

  4. Moderator

    I agree, Betty, the Harlow films were pretty bad. And, when biopics go bad…they go REALLY bad! However, there are some exceptions. The Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin TV movie was very good, as was the Judy Garland one, starring Judy Davis as JG. As I said in my blog post, “Chaplin” starring Robert Downey Jr. is one of the top biopics ever made. The filmmakers are young but if they’ve bought the rights to the book then they will follow it to a degree. I’m hoping for the best. Between the fiasco with The Mary Pickford Institute dumping The Mary Pickford Foundation and the demolition of the studios, we all need some positive Pickford news 🙂

    I just heard today that author, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick sold the rights to his book, A Cast of Killers, to Paramount and they’ve done nothing with it. It might never go anywhere, which would be a shame. The book is about the William Desmond Taylor case and I recommend it highly.

    No LV film news yet. I’ll post details when I know more.

  5. Erika

    Can’t wait to see this. I think I have that Desmond book. Always was curious about that case & Thelma Todd’s tragic end.

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