Olive Thomas – One of Hollywood’s First Big Scandals

Olive Thomas was a young starlet in the 1910s. She was married to Jack Pickford, the younger brother of ‘America’s Sweetheart’ Mary Pickford, who was one of the most famous and beloved actresses of the time (Pickford’s marriage to Douglas Fairbanks in 1920 essentially made them the King and Queen of Hollywood). Olive (Mary Pickford too for that matter) also had those gorgeous big curls that were in style in the 1910s.

Olive was just getting started with her career (at this point she only had 22 films made), and seemingly had her whole life in front of her. Unfortunately this was not the case for her. Olive died suddenly on September 10th 1920 in France, where she was on her second honeymoon with her husband Jack. She was only 25 years old. It is only natural to have a morbid fascination with the famous that have died young, I think we all have a little bit of that.

Olive Thomas (1918)
Olive Thomas (1918)

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