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On December 28, 1938, in Holly-wood, Florence Lawrence swallowed pesticide and put an end to her stormy, roller-coaster life. The Canadian-born actor was 52. The words “The first movie star” are engraved on her tombstone, in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. But her life was filled with defeats, accidents and tragedies. Still, she would enter the history books for something that, at the time, was...