Zasu Pitts

1894 - 1963

The actress Zasu Pitts made her stage debut in 1915 and only two years later she was spotted by screenwriter Frances Marion for the film.
ZaSu Pitts was very successful in the next years - especially with comedies and soon became a popular movie star.
To her first movies belong "Thillie of the Nine Lives" (17), "His Fatal Beauty" (17), "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" (17), "The Little Princess" (17), "A Society Sensation" (18) with the legendary Rudolph Valentino, "A Lady's Name" (18), "Better Times" (19) and "The Other Half" (19).

The height of her career followed in the 20's, to these movies belong "Heart of Twenty" (20), "Patsy" (21), "Youth to Youth" (22), "Triumph" (24), "Changing Husbands" (24) and finally Erich von Strohheim's masterpiece "Greed" (24). With this surprising role she was catapulted to the few top stars of her time who were also convincing in dramatic roles. The film itself was a flopt at that time but today the movie is regarded as one of the most important movies of the US silent movie era.
Other movies of the 20's were "The Great Divide" (25), "The Business of Love" (25), " Monte Carlo" (26), "Risky Business" (26), "The Honeymoon" (28), "The Wedding March" (28), "The Dummy" (29) and "Her Private Life" (29).

The transition to the sound film era was no problem for ZaSu Pitts and she continued her film career with productions like "The Squealer" (30), "Beyond Victory" (31), "The Guardsman" (31), "Destry Rides Again" (32), "Westward Passage" (32), "Blondie of the Follies" (32), "Out All Night" (33), "The Meanest Gal in Town" (34), "Hot Tip" (35), "Wanted!" (37), "52nd Street" (37) and "The Lady's from Kentucky" (39).

Her activity in movies diminished in the 40's, beside it she also worked for the radio and television and took part in Broadway plays.
To her movies of the 40's belong "It All Came True" (40), "Niagara Falls" (41), "Miss Polly" (41), "Let's Face It" (43), "The Perfect Marriage" (47) and "Life with Father" (47).

The 50's were dominated by appearances in TV productions, in between were few more movies for the big screen.
To her last cinematical works belong "Francis" (50), "This Could Be the Night" (57), "The Teenage Millionaire" (61) and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (63) - a dignified conclusion of a impressive career.

Other movies with Helena Pickard:
A Desert Dilemma (17) He Had 'em Buffaloed (17) Uneasy Money (17) Canning the Cannibal King (17) The Battling Bellboy (17) O-My the Tent Mover (17) Behind the Map (17) Why They Left Home (17) '14-'17 (17) A Modern Musketeer (17) Who's Your Wife? (18) Good Night, Paul (18) How Could You, Jean? (18) The Pie Eyed Piper (18) The Talk of the Town (18) As the Sun Went Down (19) Men, Women, and Money (19) Poor Relations (19) Seeing It Through (20) Bright Skies (20) Is Matrimony a Failure? (22) For the Defense (22) A Daughter of Luxury (22) Poor Men's Wives (23) The Girl Who Came Back (23) Three Wise Fools (23) Tea: With a Kick! (23) West of the Water Tower (23) Sunlight of Paris (24) Daughters of Today (24) The Goldfish (24) Legend of Hollywood (24) Wine of Youth (24) The Fast Set (24) Secrets of the Night (24) The Re-Creation of Brian Kent (25) Old Shoes (25) Pretty Ladies (25) A Woman's Faith (25) Thunder Mountain (25) Lazybones (25) Wages for Wives (25) The Great Love (25) Mannequin (26) What Happened to Jones (26) Early to Wed (26) Sunny Side Up (26) Her Big Night (26) Casey at the Bat (27) 13 Washington Square (28) Wife Savers (28) Buck Privates (28) Sins of the Fathers (28) The Squall (29) Twin Beds (29) The Argyle Case (29) Oh, Yeah! (29) Paris (29) The Locked Door (29) This Thing Called Love (29) No, No, Nanette (30) Honey (30) The Devil's Holiday (30) Little Accident (30) Monte Carlo (30) War Nurse (30) The Lottery Bride (30) Riverj's End (30) Sin Takes a Holiday (30) Free Love (30) Passion Flower (30) Finn and Hattie (31) The Bad Sister (31) Let's Do Things (31) Seed (31) A Woman of Experience (31) Their Mad Moment (31) Catch as Catch Can (31) The Big Gamble (31) The Pajama Party (31) Penrod and Sam (31) War Mamas (31) The Secret Witness (31) On the Loose (31) The Unexpected Father (32) Broken Lullaby (32) Seal Skins (32) Steady Company (32) Red Noses (32) Shopworn (32) Strictly Unreliable (32) The Trial of Vivienne Ware (32) Strangers of the Evening (32) The Old Bull (32) Is My Face Red? (32) Back Street (32) Make Me a Star (32) Roar of the Dragon (32) The Vanishing Frontier (32) Show Business (32) The Soilers (32) Alum and Eve (32) The Crooked Circle (32) Once in a Lifetime (32) Madison Sq. Garden (32) Sneak Easily (32) They Just Had to Get Married (33) Asleep in the Feet (33) Maids a la Mode (33) The Bargain of the Century (33) Hello, Sister (33) Her First Mate (33) One Track Minds (33) Professional Sweetheart (33) Love, Honor and Oh Baby! (33) Meet the Baron (33) Aggie Appleby Maker of Men (33) Mr. Skitch (33) Three on a Honeymoon (34) Two Alone (34) Sing and Like It (34) Love Birds (34) Private Scandal (34) Their Big Moment (34) Dames (34) Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (34) The Gay Bride (34) Ruggles of Red Gap (35) Spring Tonic (35) She Gets Her Man (35) Going Highbrow (35) The Affair of Susan (35) Thirteen Hours by Air (36) Mad Holiday (36) The Plot Thickens (36) Sing Me a Love Song (36) Merry Comes to Town (37) Forty Naughty Girls (37) Naughty But Nice (39) Mickey the Kid (39) Nurse Edith Cavell (39) Eternally Yours (39) No, No, Nanette (40) Uncle Joe (41) Broadway Limited (41) Weekend for Three (41) Mexican Spitfire's Baby (41) Mexican Spitfire at Sea (42) The Bashful Bachelor (42) So's Your Aunt Emma (42) Tish (42) Breakfast in Hollywood (46) Serie "The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre: The Flattering Word" (48) Denver and Rio Grande (52) Serie "The Philco Television Playhouse: Ramshackle Inn" (49) Francis Joins the WACS (54) Serie "General Electric Theater: Pardon My Aunt" (54) Serie "Kraft Television Theatre: The Happy Touch" (54) Serie "The Best of Broadway: The Man Who Came to Dinner" (54) Serie "Screen Directors Playhouse: The Silent Partner" (55)  Serie "The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Mr. Belvedere" (56) Serie "Private Secretary: Not Quite Paradise" (57) Serie "The Gale Storm Show: Beat the Band" (58) Serie "The Gale Storm Show: Happily Unmarried" (58) Serie "The Gale Storm Show: Secret Assignment" (58) Serie "The Dennis O'Keefe Show: Dimples" (60) Serie "Guestward Ho!: Lonesome's Gal" (61) Serie "Perry Mason: The Case of the Absent Artist" (62) The Thrill of It All (63) Serie "Burke's Law: Who Killed Holly Howard?" (63)