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Mary Pickford Was America’s Sweetheart—But She Hid Bitter Secrets

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Before Mary Tyler Moore, Debbie Reynolds, or Julia Roberts, there was the original America’s Sweetheart: Mary Pickford. This silent film star won audiences over with her sweet smile and cascading curls, and reached a level of fame that no other movie star ever had before. Sadly, behind the scenes, her life was filled with tragedy and heartache. When her career faltered, she became a recluse—but now all her Hollywood secrets are out, and they tell a chilling story of the early days of film. 1. She Wasn’t What They Said She WasFirst of all, “America’s Sweetheart?” A total fabrication. Sure, she …

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