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Mary Pickford, the first international film star and the first to have her name in marquee lights, is thought by some critics to have been "the most popular star in screen history." Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pickford, the darling of the silent era, was not thrilled by the advent of sound. "Adding sound to movies," she once declared, "would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo!"

[An ironic analogy, given that the Venus de Milo is also rather limited in her modes of expression. Even Pickford was a convert by the time of her death. In fact, she planned to have all of her silent films destroyed, fearing that no one would care about them. Fortunately, she changed her mind.]

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