At one time, she was the most powerful woman in Hollywood's paternalistic boy's club. So why is Mary Pickford merely a forgotten cinematic icon today? The answer seems, sadly, to be a matter of personal, not professional drive.
Desperate for a symbol other than Fight Club's Tyler Durden to help 'realign your perceptions' on life? Look no further than Walt Disney's 1964 family classic, and a certain subversive nanny who understands rebellion all too well.
There's perhaps no better example of misguided melodrama than 1934/1959's Imitation of Life, and according to our critic, no more culturally defining or disturbing character than its light-skinned, half-breed heroine.