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Updated: 08/31/2013 08:00:02AM

Englewood nearly became
a colony to the stars

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PHOTO COURTESY OF LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, almost Englewood residents, were referred to as “Hollywood Royalty” in the silent film era. The handsome Fairbanks was known for his swashbuckling roles. The petite Oscar-winning actress was called “America’s Sweetheart.” She was the world’s most popular actress and the world’s most famous woman of that era. She was famous for her curly hair and it was front page news when she cut off her ringlets. Neither Fairbanks nor Pickford were able to adapt to talking movies pictures and retired in the 1930s.

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At the height of the Great Florida Land Boom, in the roaring 1920s, Englewood came close to becoming a colony to the stars.

Land was selling so fast it made your head swim. Everybody wanted a piece of sunshiny Florida including show biz people.

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