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  • n. A movie star

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a star who plays leading roles in the cinema


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  • Originally invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris as a “restorative” cocktail, it was named after Mary Pickford, the silent film star who, despite her nickname, “America’s Sweetheart,” must have really known how to tie one on.

    The Swell Dressed Party

  • The secret passage was a legacy of Edmund Wyngate, the whimsical silent film star who had overseen the castle’s rebuilding eighty years ago.


  • But she was determined not to follow the example of the former silent film star and wife of their colleague Jeno Szatmary who called all her friends for help when they dragged her husband from his bed at midnight and who, as a result, was deported to an internment camp somewhere in the countryside.

    Enemies of the People

  • Anna May Wong, 54 actually 56, Los Angeles-born daughter of a local laundryman, who became a film star over her father’s objections that ‘every time your picture is taken, you lose a part of your soul,’ died a thousand deaths as the screen’s foremost Oriental villainess; of a heart attack; in Santa Monica, Calif.

    American Chinatown


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