Pickfair: Legendary Home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

Pickfair Gate (still standing!)
Pickfair Gate (still standing!)

Pickfair: World Famous Home of Hollywood Superstars

Lovely Pickfair, with its ornate gates, was the world-famous Hollywood home of silent movie superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

In the 1920s, the two most famous homes in America were Pickfair and the White House.

Silent film superstars Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart," and handsome, dashing Douglas Fairbanks Sr. were the original Hollywood super couple. Individually, they were wildly famous the world over, even more so when they fell in love and married. Douglas had bought property in the Hollywood hills which they made their home, combining their last names to call it Pickfair. They created a romantic legend that still wistfully captures our interest.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, 1919
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, 1919 | Source

Pickfair drew a steady stream of international royalty, politicians, scientists and artists. An invitation to the Pickfair mansion meant you had made it in Hollywood.

Photos of the original Pickfair estate in the 1920s give us a glimpse of Doug and Mary's life. Even though the papers and magazines of the day tried to portray them as any other couple in America relaxing quietly at home, they entertained famous guests, employed servants and had an endless variety of activities available on the expansive grounds.

Over time the legendary estate gained a mystique. An icon of Hollywood, Pickfair held a fascination for film historians as well as young Hollywood hopefuls. It symbolized an era where the stars were idolized, where we believed true love lasted forever, where dreams could come true.

vintage postcard of Pickfair
vintage postcard of Pickfair




Alas, the Pickfair of that era is gone.


This is its story.




1919: From Hunting Lodge to Mansion. Pickfair began as someone's 1911 hunting lodge.

Aerial view of Pickfair, 1920. Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.
Aerial view of Pickfair, 1920. Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.

In 1919, Douglas paid $35,00 for 15 (or so) acres in the still wild hills above Beverly Hills. A hunting lodge was the only building on the property.

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. married in 1920. She was 26, he was 35. Were they secretly married at Pickfair? As enchanting as that may have been, they weren't married at Pickfair but were married in a private ceremony at the Glendale home of a Baptist minister.

The couple had Max Parker, an art director on many of their films, renovate the cozy lodge. In the 1930s prominent architect Wallace Neff made further renovations, giving it more elegance and expanding it to an L-shaped, 22-room Tudor/Swiss Chalet mansion with a copper roof and green gables.

Atop a hill on 1143 Summit Drive, overlooking the canyons below and with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Pickfair was the center of Hollywood society and everyone wanted to be invited. The King & Queen of Hollywood entertained not only actors and actresses, but scientists, sports figures, political figures and royalty from all over the world.

Pickfair mansion, the second-most famous home in America behind the White House, was a beautiful and warm home, decorated with department store French reproduction furnishings, antiques and fine art.

Because of the popularity of Doug & Mary, others in the film industry built lavish homes nearby. Charlie Chaplin lived just down the street at address 1085 Summit Drive. Thus was created the Beverly Hills that today has some of the highest priced real estate in the world.



In those early days, the Hollywood Hills were still wild.

Doug & Mary kept shotguns in the car and fired them in the air to scare away coyotes as they drove the dirt road up to Pickfair.

First Private Pool in Los Angeles

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks canoe in their Pickfair swimming pool. Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks canoe in their Pickfair swimming pool. Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.

Games were played on the sweeping lawns. Guests saddled up at the stables and rode horses to the ocean, passing few houses along the way. The crescent-shaped outdoor swimming pool with its sand beach was large enough to paddle a canoe! It was reportedly the first outdoor private swimming pool in the Los Angeles area.

Over the years, Pickfair went through many changes as it was continually redecorated and enlarged. For the most part, the house had the following features.


Ground Floor

  • porte-cochere (a covered carriage entrance leading into a courtyard)
  • red lacquered front doors
  • entrance hall
  • Wild West "saloon"


First Floor

  • reception room
  • living room
  • dining room
  • breakfast nook
  • kitchen
  • screening room
  • sun porch
  • servants quarters


Second Floor

  • master suite and 5 guest bedrooms


Third Floor Attic: The Oriental Room

  • gifts from Doug & Mary's travels and costumes from their movies



Mary Pickford portrait taken between 1910 and 1920. Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.
Mary Pickford portrait taken between 1910 and 1920. Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.

In 1926, humorist Will Rogers, as the first mayor of Beverly Hills, joked that his biggest job was to direct tourists to Mary Pickford's house.

Where was Pickfair? Pickfair Address: 1143 Summit Drive, Beverly Hills, California

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It's too bad that this video is no longer shared.

A Brief Look at Life at Pickfair - Doug's morning trail rides; Mary's tea.

Pickfair saw a continual stream of visitors, where just about every evening there would be guests at the dinner table. Doug welcomed the constant entertaining, but Mary eventually began to long for more privacy.


This video shows a bit of life at Pickfair.

at 4:55 minutes

Everybody wanted to visit Pickfair. There was quite a hodgepodge of people at dinner, and Douglas did not allow alcohol to be served at Pickfair during Prohibition.

at 6:02 minutes

If you were a guest at Pickfair and a woman. . . you had tea with Mary.

at 6:47 minutes

If you were a guest at Pickfair and a man. . . you went romping with Doug.

Katie Melua "Mary Pickford (Used To Eat Roses)" with silent film footage - A poignant, beautiful song about Mary Pickford.

Katie Melua sings an enchanting song about the love between Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, the forming of United Artists with Charlie Chaplin and director D. W. Griffith, and the end of Doug & Mary's relationship.

Written by Mike Batt, the song was inspired by a daily facts calendar he had, one day reading that Mary Pickford used to eat roses.


"Mary Pickford used to eat roses, thought that they'd make her beautiful and they did... one supposes."

"Douglas Fairbanks, he was so handsome. He wore a moustache, musta had much cash, too. . . worth a king's ransom."

"They tried to Pick Fair weather. But love died, it didn't last forever."


"Mary Pickford (Used To Eat Roses)"

Mary Pickford (Album Version)
Mary Pickford (Album Version)

You can download this poignant song instantly for 99 cents.

 

1929 - "Taming of The Shrew" Talkie - starring Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford

Doug & Mary made a disastrous "talkie" in 1929, Shakespeare's "The Taming Of The Shrew." Their marriage was strained and filming was not pleasant. To top it off, legend goes that the screenwriter wanted his name on the credits as: "By William Shakespeare, with additional dialogue by Sam Taylor." If true... wow. You can't make this stuff up.

Here's a scene from their 1929 version of "Taming of The Shrew."

Silent stars Doug and Mary talk!

1936 - Doug and Mary Divorce

Mary's forte had been playing plucky little girls while well into her 30's. Doug's forte was playing the dashing athletic hero. With advancing age, the advent of the talkies and the changing tastes of the public, they saw their careers foundering. Their marriage had fallen apart and they divorced in January 1936, reportedly having lived for several years in opposite wings of Pickfair.


Portrait of Mary Pickford, early 1930s.
Portrait of Mary Pickford, early 1930s.
Douglas Fairbanks as Don Juan, 1934. Photo credit Wikipedia.
Douglas Fairbanks as Don Juan, 1934. Photo credit Wikipedia.

1937 - Mary Keeps Pickfair and Marries Buddy Rogers

Mary kept Pickfair. In 1937 she married her third and last husband, handsome movie actor & bandleader Charles "Buddy" Rogers who was 11 years her junior.

Buddy and Mary had met in 1927 when they starred in "My Best Girl." (That same year, Buddy had starred in "Wings," winner of the first Oscar® for Best Picture.) They lived at Pickfair during their entire marriage of 42 years, the rest of Mary's life.


Douglas Fairbanks died December 12, 1939.



Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford
Buddy Rogers and Mary Pickford | Source

Life at Pickfair Quiets

During the marriage of Mary and Buddy, Pickfair was kept up-to-date with gracious furnishings. Mary was still involved in business and social functions, and throughout her life she had been very philanthropic.

She opened Pickfair to charity benefits during the war years and after.

The couple began selling off parcels of the land.

They raised two adopted children, but the children grew into teenagers, fell out of favor and no longer lived at Pickfair.

Mary gradually became more and more reclusive. In her later years she began spending all her time upstairs in her bedroom, rarely leaving the house. She accepted few visitors and preferred to speak to them on the telephone from her second-floor bedroom as they spoke to her from a phone on the first floor.


Pickfair Living Room, 1943. Note the portrait of Mary over the fireplace.
Pickfair Living Room, 1943. Note the portrait of Mary over the fireplace. | Source

I Was Excited to See Pickfair in Person

It was 1966 and I was 12. The family vacation that year was Southern California. My dad drove my mom, younger brother and me from the middle of the country to Los Angeles. My dad had built a bench to put in the back seat, across the space where our feet would go, which meant my brother & I had this big flat space full of blankets and pillows where we could hang out and lay down during the two-day drive. This was long before seat belts were required! There was no air conditioning in our car, so my dad drove all night through the desert so it wouldn't be so hot.

It was our first time in Hollywood and I was star struck. We bought a map of the stars' homes. The one place I really wanted to see was Pickfair. I had been fascinated with silent movies for a long time and had read everything I could find about Mary Pickford with the golden curls.

We drove up Summit Drive and stopped at the wrought iron gates of Pickfair. Looking up the angled driveway, we could see part of the house. Pickfair was beautiful and the grounds were immaculate. It was hard to put feelings into words, to think that Mary Pickford might be so near that we could talk to her. We took pictures of what we could see and of the gates with the "P" in elegant wrought iron.


Mary Pickford in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.
Mary Pickford in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.

Mary Gets an Honorary Oscar®. . . and We Get To See Inside Pickfair


Mary is 84 and it's 1976. . . 3 years before she dies.


In 1976 The Academy gave Mary an Honorary Oscar® for lifetime achievement. She had already received a Best Actress Oscar® in 1929 for "Coquette."

Gene Kelly, on stage, introduces the segment. A camera crew had been sent to record Mary receiving the statuette at Pickfair, which gives us a wonderful film of coming up the driveway to the elegant front entrance. Inside, the camera pans the entry, the Regency dining room, a portrait of Mary, the curved stairway... and then frail-looking Mary herself seated in a chair in the living room.

After her taped acceptance is shown, there's a close-up of her husband Buddy Rogers in the audience.

YouTube video of Mary Pickford receiving an Honorary Oscar®

1979 - Mary is Gone and Pickfair is Sold

In an article in the newspaper "The Day" of New London, Connecticut dated April 4, 1979, Buddy Rogers said he and Mary discussed what to do with Pickfair.

They offered it to the city of Beverly Hills, the University of Southern California and several charitable organizations, but no one wanted it unless money was provided to care for it forever. Buddy said that they didn't have that kind of money.


1979 newspaper article about Pickfair


Mary Pickford. Credit: Library of Congress.
Mary Pickford. Credit: Library of Congress.


Spunky, exquisite, phenomenal Mary Pickford died May 29, 1979 ...

... a recluse in her Pickfair bedroom.






Buddy built a smaller mansion on the property, 1147 Pickfair Way, and called it "Pickfair Lodge." It housed all their memorabilia, including the Western bar. He moved into the house and remarried.

In 1980 Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, bought Pickfair and the few acres that were still part of it for $5,362,500. (It had been on the market for $10 million.)

Dr. Buss modernized the plumbing and heating and did considerable renovating, but kept the flavor of the house as it was in its peak in the 1920s and 1930s. He added a tennis court and a library. Pickfair was home to a family and open to charity events once again.



1989 - The End of the Original Pickfair

In 1988 Jerry Buss sold the house and property to businessman Meshulam Riklis and wife actress Pia Zadora for $6,675,000.


In 1989, amid an outcry of protest from movie historians, preservationists and the neighborhood, Riklis and Zadora claimed that Pickfair was so riddled with termites that it was beyond repair... and they had it torn down.


UPDATE 9-16-2012:

On a 2012 episode of "Celebrity Ghost Stories," Pia Zadora claims Pickfair was haunted by a ghost. She says the mansion was torn down not because of termites after all, but because she and her family could not live in a haunted house.

She does begin her rendition by saying that her husband had bought Pickfair which had been the home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks JUNIOR. This is incorrect. Mary Pickford was married to Douglas Fairbanks SENIOR. Yes, Doug Jr. (Doug Sr.'s son from a previous marriage) was welcomed at Pickfair, but it was not his home. How Pia could get this basic fact wrong makes one question the rest of her story.


People wondered why the original house or the interiors couldn't be saved... or taken apart and rebuilt somewhere else as a historic building... or at the very least been rebuilt more sympathetic to the style of the original.

(Ironically, architect Wallace Neff himself had suggested tearing down Pickfair when he was asked to renovate it in the 1930s, saying they should just start over by building a new house. Doug & Mary had refused. The house held good memories and they couldn't tear it down.)

But by now the house had become so legendary and symbolic of Old Hollywood that many people were aghast that it had been razed.



Pickfair then........................................................ and now.


Riklis and Zadora built a Venetian monstrosity on the property. Completed in 1991, only a few original features of Pickfair were saved:

  • the outdoor pool
  • the original wrought-iron gates with the letter "P" on them
  • possibly a portion of one wing


In 2005 the new Pickfair and its remaining 2.7 acres were bought by Unicom Global for $17.6 million.



Although still called "Pickfair," the legend is gone, the mystique of a golden couple who captivated the world.




Pickfair Estate Auction Preview

2008 - Pickfair Estate Auction Preview


Buddy Rogers, Mary Pickford's last husband, died in 1999.


In 2007 Buddy's second wife died, and the heirs put hundreds of items from the collection of Mary Pickford up for auction, including fine art, dinnerware, furniture and personal possessions of Mary, Doug and Buddy.

The auction was held at the Beverly Hilton on November 22-23, 2008.

Look at Mary's things and imagine that you are back in the heyday of Pickfair.




Books about Doug & Mary

Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood
Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood

"A knockout of a biography." -- Newsweek. Mary Pickford played a little girl on-screen, but in reality she was a shrewd businesswoman.

 
Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks

A superb portrait of a true pioneer who was critically important to the creation of cinema as the defining art form of the twentieth century.

 

"By the clock."

Doug & Mary used the phrase "by the clock" as a secret message of their love.

During their courtship, Doug was talking about his mother's death as they were out driving one day.

When he finished talking, the car clock stopped.

They took this as a sign that his mother approved of their love.

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Isn't the story of Pickfair romantic? Wouldn't you love to have seen Pickfair during the Golden Age of Hollywood? 70 comments

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WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

Awesome Lens. It's too bad the original mansion was torn down. I can imagine their home was pretty popular in its day. ~Squid Greeter


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myraggededge 6 years ago

Amazing amount of information - fascinating stuff. Blessed by a Squid angel:-)


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CoeGurl 6 years ago from USA Author

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indigoj 6 years ago from UK

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CoeGurl 6 years ago from USA Author

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norma-holt 6 years ago

Wonderful lens and great story. *-*Blessed*-* and featured


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Well, I can't bless any longer, but I sure can praise it. Well done!


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CoeGurl 6 years ago from USA Author

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Kate Phizackerl1 6 years ago

You were lucky to see Pickfair. Fab lens


NYThroughTheLens 5 years ago

Awesome lens!!


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nightbear lm 5 years ago

Wonderful lens about a time gone by. Lovely! blessed and featured on my angel lens for June 2011


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CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA Author

@nightbear lm: Thank you for the angel blessing and for being featured!


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lollyj lm 5 years ago from Washington KS

Loved the lens. I'm a silent film fan too and Pickfair, Fairbanks and Pickford epitomize the golden age of Hollywood for me.


mensday 5 years ago

wonderful lens i like it!


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chezchazz 5 years ago from New York

Very interesting. Loved the music too but sad that Pickfair was torn down. I so wish Americans would be more history minded and save more buildings instead of replacing them.


anonymous 5 years ago

Oh yes, I would! There's something so romantic about the silent film stars and the stars of the 30s and 40s. Such a shame that Pickfair is gone--it was the stuff of legend! Wonderful lens!


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chrisqw 5 years ago

I find Pickford and Fairbanks endlessly fascinating. there was so much in here that was new to me.Thanks for a wonderful lens.


anonymous 5 years ago

Beautifully done, I'm just sad that Pickfair couldn't be saved for history's and romances sake!


anonymous 5 years ago

Really beautiful lens and made for a delightful read!


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cdevries 5 years ago

A fascinating Lens on a real piece of architectural Hollywood history. Squid Angel Blessed.


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Blonde Blythe 5 years ago

Absolutely! I would time travel to the golden days of Pickfair in an instant! :)


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Blonde Blythe 5 years ago

Awesome lens, by the way; I really enjoyed it! :)


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TolovajWordsmith 5 years ago from Ljubljana

Amazing presentation of one really special place and time. Thumbs up!


JoshK47 5 years ago

What a very lovely lens - blessed by a SquidAngel!


KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

It's sad that the house got torn down, but thanks for sharing your story.


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flycatcherrr 5 years ago

Wouldn't it just have been something else, in its heyday? Lovely lens; thanks for sharing all this!


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shellys-space 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

They made movies in 1929? Kidding!! Oh my, I need to watch Taming of the Shrew again, that looks terrific!


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TheLittleCardShop 5 years ago

It is so interesting to read so many facts and history about Pickfair. I can imagine how exciting it must have been to be so close to this house. it is sad that they changed it with the reconstruction, it looks so different from the original. A house with so much history I wouldn't have made any changes to the that gorgeous house


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sherioz 5 years ago

This was a fascinating read. Thanks so much. I never knew that Mary Pickford was originally from Toronto! Another good Canuck trivia point.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have an old clock that was from the mansion not knowing what thing are worth it came to my shop today would like an idea what someone would pay for it and would like it to go to someone who will treasure this item. it is nice marble with two candle holders part of the money goes to disabled vets. aceishighwallace@gmail.com


anonymous 4 years ago

Read more about Mary Pickford in the new 2012 book SWEET MEMORIES by Pulitzer nominated author and film historian David W. Menefee.


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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

Wonderful lens, happily pinned to my board Movies I love.


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SMW1962 LM 4 years ago

Wonderful place. I'm sad it's gone.


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floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

Turn down donees "city of Beverly Hills, the University of Southern California and several charitable organizations" are probably kicking themselves now! Great lens! Cheers~cb


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LesleyOC 4 years ago

What a lovely lens. I had heard of Pickfair, but didn't realize there were any pictures that showed what it was like inside, thanks for this. I'm off to get my front door painted just the right red!


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York

Revisiting your lens to sprinkle it with angel dust. It is also being featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo." Great job!


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WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

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aesta1 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I wish I have been one of the invitees then.


Sunbonnet_Sue 4 years ago

What a beautiful story you have told here! How sad that the house was torn down! i really would have loved to see it during the Hollywood Golden Age! If only I had a time machine...


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Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

What a fantastic story. Excellent lens


anonymous 4 years ago

9/15/2012 update

I just watched Pia on Celebrity Ghost Stories and she told why she had Picfair torn down. The place was haunted by one of Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s lovers who died on the property. Pia and her daughters saw the woman's ghost on several occasions and even the visit of a priest did not rid the home of the ghost woman. She said that is why her husband and her had the entire home torn down and replaced by their own new mansion. It outraged people but she said she could not live in this haunted mansion of Picfair and hated to have the beautiful old place torn down. The ghost left when the house was torn down.


anonymous 4 years ago

great


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: First off, it was Fairbanks senior not junior that Pickford married. Pia is full of misinformation. Marys second husband also saw the lady in white and said it was Mary, not the girlfriend. Pia obviously doesn't like history and never checked her facts. The ghost was not threatening in any way. Pia should have moved if she was a fraidy cat instead of destroying an iconic property. It would have made a fabulous tourist attraction, like Hearst Castle. Just think if Britain tore down every haunted place, there'd be no historical attractions. Very selfish of Pia and her husband.


anonymous 4 years ago

Does anyone else feel that this was utter BS?? I totally agree that it was very selfish for rich Pia & her rich hubby to buy Pickfair only to rip it down but I honestly feel that they intended to do that from the beginning. They wanted the PROPERTY & not the house. If they WERE indeed haunted by a ghost then just tearing the home down would not rid them of her. Ghosts can haunt property as well as homes & I'm SURE Mary was most DISPLEASED with these people destroying their legacy. If Pia was truly too scared to live in this home, then get the HECK out. As uber rich as they were, they could easily have bought another place & sold Pickfair to someone who would LOVE & appreciate it as the irreplaceable piece of Hollywood history it was. First they LIE through their teeth about termites & now say it was a ghost scaring them off. Give me a break. I think Pia wanted to be in the spotlight again & this show filled the bill for her...thus her ghostly excuse for tearing down this gorgeous old estate only to put a BIGGER more ostentatious mansion in it's place. If Mary was still seen in her home, it's because she loved it. I can't imagine how she felt seeing these rich crazy people tearing her home down. I can only hope that she continued to HAUNT the hell out of them AFTER the new mansion was built. Of course, I'm certain Pia would never admit to that! How foolish to have destroyed this lovely piece of H'wood history only to be MORE haunted after the fact. Well...money doesn't make ya smart! Sad that they weren't rich in common sense & an appreciation of history. I read that Pickfair was one of the "most celebrated homes in the WORLD". What incredibly foolish people to have so little regard for it. Hard to respect anyone who would do such a thing. Pathetic.


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delia-delia 4 years ago

Oh my, seems there is a debate below! Your lens is well done and an interesting read. I'm not an expert on silent film stars but I'm a fan...I made a lens a while back on Pola Negri only because my dad knew her.

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WriterJanis2 4 years ago

I would have loved to have gone to a party there.


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CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

I remember studying about Pickford and Fairbanks a long time ago in my high school film class. Great lens.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I AGREE WITH YOU ! PIA DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING FROM HER! WHAT A SHAME!!! VERY WELL STATED!!


anonymous 4 years ago

There is no way all of that energy is gone on the property today. I would love to see Zac from Ghost Adventures investigate the property and I'm 100% sure everyone would be surprised........


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I really don't think the spirit ( no such thing as ghosts) went anywhere. I bet it is still there and as in my post, I would love to see Zac from Ghost Adventures investigate the property........


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VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

Love this lens.


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kabbalah lm 4 years ago

It would have been interesting


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CoolFool83 4 years ago

This is a really cool lense.


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ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

I certainly would like to have visited!


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Nightcat 4 years ago

This is very romantic! I'm sad they had to run around, I mean people shuldbe able to part as friends when it clearly doesn't work out. Blessed! :)


anonymous 4 years ago

I think it was the mid 60s and our grand parents were coming from Kansas for the summer! My grandpa went to school with Buddy Rogers and had made plans to go visit him at home with Mary at Pickfair! Well we found out that Buddy invited our family to come with him! So it was my mom and stepfather grandpa and grandpa and us five kids! When we got there we all went and sat at a huge table and had root beer floats for the kids and other drinks for the parents. Then Buddy showed us a room that the most beautiful Chinese furniture with a table that folded out into a bar. We only got one small hello from Mary as she was riding her stair elevator back up to her room. Then Buddy had a surprise for us! We all got to go swimming in the biggest pool we ever saw! We took photos with all five kids on the diving board! Me being the youngest only remember bits and pieces of that day and when I find the photos that were taken at Pickfair I will be glad to post them too!


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CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: I would love to post your Pickfair pictures on this page! You can contact me privately by clicking my Bio page (top right-hand corner) and clicking the contact button on that next page. Thanks!


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opatoday 4 years ago

Great Lens thanks for sharing


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lgOlson 3 years ago from Northern Arizona

Wow, what a story! I knew some of the story of Mary and Fairbanks love affair, and Pickfare by not this much. You complete this American story! Thanks!


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takkhisa 3 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful :)


graesie 3 years ago

I would have loved to have been a guest of Doug and Mary at Pickfair. It must have been amazing being involved in creating Hollywood.


graesie 3 years ago

I would have loved to have been a guest of Doug and Mary at Pickfair. They were such an amazing couple who helped create Hollywood.


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Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

As a teenager I saw Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in the play Same Time Next Year.


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CoeGurl 3 years ago from USA Author

@Cynthia Haltom: How exciting! I would have loved to see Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in a play. He was so handsome and gracious.


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wildbluefrontier 3 years ago from Tucson

i can only echo what many others have said. Such a shame that Pickfair was torn down. i would guess that even today it would be a major tourist attraction.


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sybil watson 3 years ago

I would have loved to have seen Pickfair - my grandfather was a mason who worked on the ornate masonry at Pickfair and at Charlie Chaplin's house. When the Depression hit, rich people stopped installing that type of masonry (ornate leaves and flowers) and my grandfather had to start doing brickwork.


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delia-delia 3 years ago

Great story...well written!


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favored 3 years ago from USA

What an interesting saga. Enjoyed my visit here and especially the music videos. Giving this a tweet. How neat it was for you to have visited Pickfair. Thanks for sharing this with us. Will revisit again with hubby :)


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favored 3 years ago from USA

Came back with hubby to watch this after dinner. Quite interesting to see how it all has come to a sad end.


Ron Wilder 7 weeks ago

I was Executive Assistant to Dr. Jerry Buss when he owner and lived in the Pickfair Estate (previously owned and lived in by Mary Pickford). When I went to work for Jerry Buss, he built an office for me in the estate just off of the dining room. I quit working for Dr. Buss just before he sold the mansion to Pia Zadora.

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