On this day in 1916 Mary Pickford became the first female movie star to get a million dollar contract. Pickford made twenty-one movies for Famous Players Film Company led by Adolph Zukor between 1913 and 1916 and by early that year she was the most popular woman in the world making an average of $150,000 a year. Dubbed “America’s Sweetheart” by that time Mary signed a contract with Zukor that guaranteed her a minimum of one million dollars across the two-year contract. To honor that auspicious event today’s Follies feature millionaires in the movies.
Oh my god I LOVE this.
Fun, as always! Since your popups mention the remake of “The Philadelphia Story,” I thought I’d throw out there that “Brewster’s Millions” is also a remake – of a novel that was remade at least three times during the silent era!
I’d forgotten it was a remake, but had no idea it was remade that many times. Thanks!