Norma Shearer (center) is all smiles, and Mary Pickford (left) musters one of her own. A decade earlier, Mary’s storybook marriage to the dashing Douglas Fairbanks was hanging by a thread when he met Sylvia Ashley-Cooper, a former lingerie model who’d married her way into society. She’d discarded her husband when she met Fairbanks.
So began an affair, and in due course Mary filed for a divorce from the love of her life. He and Sylvia later married.
You’re way ahead of me. Yep, that’s Sylvia on the right. You can imagine how Mary felt, having to share a long flight in a small plane with the last person on Earth she’d want to see.
On top of that, the press boys wanted a photo, but Mary was enough of a trouper to deliver the appropriate performance.
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- – - Christopher Snowden