This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 26, 2008 - St. Louis has provided the movie world with many of its first movie stars. In his recent blog entitled "Factory Girl," Robert Hunt suggests Florence Lawrence was the world's first movie star and that the popular story of Carl Laemmle's premiere publicity stunt for his movie "The Broken Oath" (1910), "proving" the self-fabricated story of Lawrence's death was actually a "vicious American-Biograph lie," is what did the trick. In the bargain, Hunt then asserts what followed was stardom for her male lead, St. Louisan King Baggot. Well, that may be the most colorful story on star making, but Broncho Billy Anderson was a movie star years before that. And he lived in St. Louis, too, from the age of 8 until 18.