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Douglas Fairbanks

Born 23 May 1883 in Denver, Colorado, USA, as Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman.
Died 12 December 1939 in Santa Monica, California, USA, of a heart attack.

Married Anna Beth Sully, 11 July 1907 in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; son, actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
born 9 December 1909; divorced 1919.
Married actress Mary Pickford, 28 March 1920; divorced, December 1933.
Married actress Sylvia Ashley, 1936; until Douglas’ death, 12 December 1939.

Douglas Fairbanks began a career in vaudeville in 1902. Began in films in 1915 for Triangle Film Corporation. Began his own production company, and became a cofounder of United Artists Corporation. Produced some of the silent era’s grandest screen spectacles during the 1920s.

Circa late 1921, Fairbanks and Mary Pickford purchased their combined studio facilities from Jesse D. Hampton for $150,000.

While on a world vacation, Fairbanks and Pickford sailed from Piraeus, Greece, arriving in Cairo, Egypt, circa 5 November 1929. On 12 November 1929, they sailed from Port Said on the S.S. Cathay for ports in the Far East.

Fairbanks continued making films into the 1930s, but had retired from films by the middle of the decade.

References: Screenland-192204 p. 7; Variety-19291106 pp. 2, 5 : Website-Wikipedia.

Douglas Fairbanks Silent Era Filmography

Silent era Douglas Fairbanks films available on home video

Book (HTML) : Laugh and Live by Douglas Fairbanks

Book : Douglas Fairbanks: In His Own Words edited by The Douglas Fairbanks Museum

Book : The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks by Tracey Goessel
[Screenland, April 1922, pages 4, 7] Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Doug. Fairbanks and scores of other screen celebrities back on the stage! That’s what’s likely to happen at the big show that all Los Angeles and Hollywood is talking about — The Hollywood Follies of 1922. The show which will be a big revue built on the design of the Ziegfeld and Greenwich Village Follies will be entirely original. Nothing has been said about the appearance, as yet, of Doug, Mary and Charlie but it is generally assumed that they will take part. It is planned to put the show on for two nights in Los Angeles and to make a one night stand in San Francisco.
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