America's Sweetheart, of course. Another star who split off for United. "Sparrows" was a sure-fire winner: Mary saving orphans from the perils of a baby-farm, as they called them.

Pickford and her husband - Douglas Fairbanks - became smitten with one of the little kids in the movie, and offered to adopt her. Alas, she already had parents, and they were fond of her too. The stars offered the parents money. Lots of it. No good.