Mary Pickford’s Advice to Wives, 1934

Mary Pickford was a mega-success story – one of the biggest stars of early cinema, she co-founded the United Artists film studio, was one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Pictures and won the second ever Best Actress Oscar given by them. She was described by a silent film journalist at the time as “the best known woman who has ever lived, the woman who was known to more people and loved by more people than any other woman that has been in all history.” Quite a claim.

One of the original career women, this is the advice she had for wives in 1934. “Be selfish.”

Sunderland Daily Echo, 19th January 1934

Sunderland Daily Echo, 19th January 1934




Wives should learn to be selfish.

This is the advice of Miss Mary Pickford.

She thinks wives ought to have schools where selfishness would be one of the subjects of the curriculum.

“Women,” she said, “ought to learn that kindness is sometimes the most devastating and weakening influence.

“Wives, especially, make this mistake. It is the unselfish ones who ruin themselves and everyone depending on them.

Mary Pickford confessed that she had made a New Year resolution to treat herself as well as she treats the people she likes best, says a Reuter Chicago cable.

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