Elsie Charlotte Smith

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Elsie Charlotte Smith (Hennessey)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Cause of death: cancer
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Hennessy and Catherine Faeley
Wife of John Charles Smith
Mother of Lottie Pickford; Jack Pickford and Mary Pickford

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Private User
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About Elsie Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Hennessy (1873 – 22 March 1928), born Elsie Charlotte Printer, and aka Charlotte Smith Pickford, was a Canadian-born, American actress, and the mother of Mary, Lottie, and Jack Pickford. Hennessey was mostly known for her managing and business skills, keeping control of her famous children's careers with their blessing. She took a role in United Artists and the Mary Pickford Film Company until her death. Anita Loos considered her and Peg Talmadge to be some of the smartest women in Hollywood. Many considered her one of the greatest business minds in the industry, negotiating Mary's landmark contracts (including her $1 million a year contract, the first of its kind). Hennessey was a Christian Scientist. She died of breast cancer after refusing surgery, having already gone through several major operations. Mary was deeply affected by her death personally and professionally, famously cutting off her trademark curls shortly afterward. In 1940, Pickford considered making a biographical film about her mother. Pickford was to portray her mother, while Shirley Temple would portray a young Mary. Temple declined and the film was never made.

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Elsie Charlotte Smith's Timeline

1873
January 1, 1873
Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
1892
April 8, 1892
Age 19
Toronto, ON, Canada
1895
June 9, 1895
Age 22
Toronto, ON, Canada
1896
August 18, 1896
Age 23
Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
1928
March 22, 1928
Age 55
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
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