Christel Schmidt

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icon-jorgensen-lectureJorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series

icon-other-with-guestsMary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

Christel Schmidt

  1. Thursday, March 28, 2013 3:00 p.m.
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Tickets are not required for Jorgensen Lectures

This lecture will focus on Mary Pickford's work both on and off-screen during World War I. Books will be available for signing after the lecture.


Christel Schmidt, a film historian, writer, and editor, was awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work on Pickford. She also coedited Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture. She is currently researching and writing about the careers of stage actresses during the Progressive Era.

For information on the screening of Sparrows, visit here.

In Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, Schmidt gathers a distinguished ensemble of film historians to shed new light on the icon’s incredible life and legacy. It features more than 200 illustrations, including photographs and stills from Pickford’s personal collections housed at the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Schmidt explores rarely discussed areas of the star’s life and career, including her interest in the archival film movement, her role as a national icon during World War I, and her marriage to Douglas Fairbanks. In addition, Academy Award-winner Kevin Brownlow looks at Pickford’s work as a producer, and Beth Werling invites readers into Pickford’s closet to admire her lavish costumes. Schmidt celebrates Pickford as a gifted actress, philanthropist, and savvy industry leader who became the first female movie mogul.

Books will be for sale, and Christel Schmidt will be available for signing after the lecture.

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