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King Baggot

Annie Malone, Josephine Baker, King Baggot, Ginger Rogers and Jane Darwell are just a few people with St. Louis and Missouri ties who have made significant contributions to film.

Meet St. Louis’ Forgotten King Of The Movies

Nov 13, 2014
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The St. Louis International Film Festival, which opens tonight, will pay tribute to the man considered to be the first movie star. Today, he's largely forgotten.

The Lens: Boys before the Factory Girl

Jun 26, 2008

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.