Cinema: Rags & Riches

In 1905 squat Otto Langhanke was a window decorator in Quincy, Ill. Later he became a high-school German teacher and after that a chicken farmer. In 1917, he and his Portuguese wife moved to Chicago where their pretty 14-year-old daughter Lucille could take dancing and acting lessons to prepare for a career which might some day make them all comfortably rich.

In 1920, small Lucille Langhanke had ceased to exist. She had become Cinemactress Mary Astor. By 1925 she was leading lady for Douglas Fairbanks. Squat Otto Langhanke had long since retired from...

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