...I wasn't at all prepared for the avalanche of criticism that overwhelmed me. You would have thought I had murdered someone, and perhaps I had, but only to give her successor a chance to live. It was a very sad business indeed to be made to feel that my success depended solely, or at least in large part, on a head of hair.
Mary Pickford (1893–1979), U.S. actor. Sunshine and Shadow, ch. 20 (1955).
On deciding, in her early thirties, to cut the long curls which had grown uninterruptedly since her birth. She hoped that by doing so, she would affirm her adulthood and determination to begin playing women, rather than children and adolescents, in films. But the public adored her as "little Mary" and never accepted her as a bobbed-hair adult. She later mused, "I sometimes wonder whether I had the right to cut off my hair. Were the choice given to me again, I am positive I would not do it."