Classic Hollywood #116 – Mary Pickford & Charles Buddy Rogers Announce Their Engagement

Mary Pickford & Charles Buddy Rogers Engaged November 23, 1936

MAry Pickford engaged Charles Buddy Rogers 1936Mary Pickford was born Gladys Smith in 1892. Pickford was the most famous film star in the world for two decades and dubbed “America’s Sweetheart.” She was previously married to actor Owen Moore from 1911-1920 and Douglas Fairbanks from 1920-1936. Her third marriage to Charles “Buddy” Rogers lasted until her death in 1979.

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“America’s Sweetheart” Formally Announces Her Engagement
Hollywood, Calif. Photo Shows: Mary Pickford, “America’s Sweetheart” and Charles “Buddy” Rogers, film actor and orchestra leader at the dinner party formally announcing their engagement. They expect to be married in the spring, in Hollywood. He must be in London for a film production, January 4. She expects to go abroad possibly with her niece and Rogers’ mother in December. 11-21-1936 photo: Wide World Photos

Rogers and Pickford married June 26, 1937. Pickford made over 230 films but none after 1933. She was considered for the role of Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s classic ode to Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard in 1950. The role of a lifetime instead went to Gloria Swanson.

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