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Celebrities as Political Activists

Why stars have made lasting marks as advocates for causes and candidates

Francis X. Bushman is almost forgotten now, but a century ago he was one of the first silent film stars, a handsome, powerfully built leading man. Traveling by train one day to a benefit in Boston with Mary Pickford, another star of the silent screen often called "America's Sweetheart," Bushman found himself summoned to a meeting with President William Howard Taft, who was also on board. … Back to Article

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