Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman Fairbanks, Sr., (May 23, 1883 - December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro. Fairbanks was also a founding member of The Motion Picture Academy and hosted the first Oscars Ceremony in 1929. With his marriage to Mary Pickford in 1920, the couple became Hollywood royalty with Fairbanks constantly referred to as "The King of Hollywood".
In his book, "Present Indicative," Noel Coward describes a party in London at which Douglas Fairbanks was present. He writes: "I remember that Douglas did a lot of conjuring tricks, a habit to which he was then, and still is, a keen addict".
Max Holden reporting in Linking Ringwhen Fairbanks passed away: "More than sorry to see the passing of Douglas Fairbanks and Hollywood has lost a great man. About 18 months ago a tanned customer walked in and bought some flash paper. An Oxford accent made me look at him more closely and I recognized Douglas Fairbanks and I recalled meeting him some years ago in Chicago when in company with Mabel Normand who at that time was my sister-in-law and how she raved over him and his thoughtfulness with other moving picture folks. Douglas had a folding half so really was a magic fan as he performed it very well."
- ↑ Linking Ring, February 1940
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