Film History: How Mary Pickford Helped Create United Artists

Mary Pickford, an inspiration in the film industry. Photo Source: Kate Gabrielle, CC BY 4.0, via Flickr

The United Artists Corporation is a well-known American studio for films. It was founded on February 5, 1919, with actress Mary Pickford playing a major role in its creation. Her part in bringing the prestigious United Artists studio to life is why she is a woman who inspires.

Who was Mary Pickford?

Mary was an actress who starred in several Canadian and American films. She was born on April 8, 1892 in Toronto and passed away May 29, 1979. Major films she starred in include Sparrows, Coquette and Poor Little Rich Girl. In addition to acting in movies, she also produced some projects and wrote screenplays. Her reputation was as “America’s Sweetheart.”

Over the course of her acting career, she moved from silent films to sound ones; it was a time of major change in the film industry. The last movie she acted in was Secrets, which released in 1933. In 1976, she won an honorary Oscar for her amazing contributions to motion pictures.

How Mary Pickford Founded United Artists

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How I Found Inspiration in a Door Frame

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Limit inspiration? Never. Photo Source: Hartwig HKD, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr

I had a thought today that sent shivers down my body. It came seemingly from nowhere, only moments after I had woken up from a nap on the couch. I walked into my bedroom and boom it came to me. The doorway.

I walked through the doorway and thought about how I have heard the way the door frame is used as a metaphor for open opportunities. You know many quotes about doors, I’m sure, but here are a few for you, just as examples:

“When one door closes, another door opens.” (Alexander Graham Bell)

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” (Flora Whittemore)

And then here is the boom that came to me. Doorways are limited. They have frames. Physical frames, usually of wood or steel, which fill the sides and top of the opening. They’re made large enough for most people to be able to walk through and they are sturdy. Some people are so tall that they need to bend down a bit to get through it.

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Why the Messiah Fallacy Hurts Female Empowerment

Messiah Fallacy symbolism

The Messiah Fallacy: What is the drop-off point? Photo Source: Seth Anderson, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Flickr.

I am not hiding in hopes that someone else will take the reins in female empowerment campaigns. I admit to doing that in the past, watching the likes of Gloria Steinem stand up for women and not doing my part. That has changed; I have changed. I am now speaking and writing my views to help lead change.

With the concepts of leadership and female empowerment consistently on my mind, it’s with great interest that I am rereading portions of David Castro’s Genership 1.0: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul and discussing his sections on the Messiah Fallacy.

What is the Messiah Fallacy?

As Castro explains, the Messiah Fallacy is a technique that is not useful yet still exists in society, such as within some business organizations. It is the fallacy that a group’s success depends on the success or failure of a specific figure who is seen as a messiah type.

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