I10095 - Mary Pickford
I won’t! That kitten goes with me.” Mary Pickford
In 1916, Mary Pickford was one of the biggest movie stars in America filming “Hulda Of Holland” at Marblehead, Massachusetts. The story line had Hulda drifting out to sea in an aging fishing boat. Two tugs had towed the schooner out and set it adrift. The Director, Maurice Tourneur was hidden from the camera as Pickford tearfully clung to a little kitten.
The filming turned into an adventure when the fishing boat went off script and sprung a leak. As the water gushed in, Pickford was soon waist deep in the water. She clutched the helm with one hand and the kitten with the other. As Tourneur fought his way towards Mary he shouted, “Let go of the kitten!”
Showing the pluck she was known for on screen, Mary refused to release her fellow actor. Motor boats raced to the scene to rescue both Mary and the wet ball of fur she clasped.