Tag: Jack Pickford

  • A fauvism style portrait of Lottie Pickford

    A fauvism style portrait of Lottie Pickford

    Just finished a portrait in the fauvism style of Lottie Pickford, the sister of Mary and Jack. You can read about Lottie’s tragic life in my book, Hairpins and Dead Ends: The Perilous Journeys of 25 Actresses Through Early Hollywood. What symbolism do you see in the painting? 9×12 oil on wood

  • Ready for her closeup: Amy Pierce confronts her troubling past life as a silent film actress

    By Michael G. Ankerich In my last blog, Lucille Ricksen, Reincarnation, and my Television Debut, I shared a bit more about my May adventure in Shadowland and introduced you to Amy Pierce and her mother, Theresa.  Amy and Theresa are featured in an upcoming episode of  Ghost Inside My Child, a Lifetime Movie Network series that airs August 23. The […]

  • Madge Bellamy and the Stranger Inside

    Madge Bellamy told me that she had spent her life trying to understand the stranger inside of herself.  During our conversations, the subject was never far from her thoughts. In Madge Bellamy: A Friendship Cut Short, Madge talked about her childhood and how she got into show business. In this concluding installment, Madge talks about Hollywood, […]

  • Starlight, Starbright: Studying Portraits of the Silent Film Era – 1

    It was the breathtaking images of silent screen stars that first turned my head.  It was way back in the 1970s.  I found a copy of Daniel Blum’s A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning studying these unique and mysterious creatures who beckoned me back […]

  • Hugh’s Little Sweetheart

    By Michael G. Ankerich In 1925, Mary Pickford was not only America’s Little Sweetheart; she was Hugh Allan’s as well. The handsome youth had played bit parts in films for the past several years, when in the spring of 1925, Mary plucked the 23-year-old from the ranks of an extra to play her leading man […]