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What Did America's Sweetheart Look Like In Every Decade?  

Damon Davis
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There's always one. An actress comes along that captures the attention of a nation and becomes anointed America's Sweetheart. Throughout the history of show business, a number of brilliant and enigmatic stars have held that unofficial title, which is always in good hands even if those hands have perpetually changed - from silent-cinema icons to child stars, from small-screen trailblazers to romantic-comedy heroines.

Every year has its own slate of superstars and starlets unwittingly jockeying for the title, but the America's Sweethearts we remember - from the turn of the 20th century to well past the turn of the 21st - had staying power. They weren't just idols of their own eras, but remain etched in our collective memory. These are the women who have reached that rare status from every decade since 1900.

Maude Fealy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Did America's Sweetheart Look Like In Every Decade?
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Age: Dec. at 88 (1883-1971)

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis

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Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Did America's Sweetheart Look Like In Every Decade?
Photo: The LIttle Princess/Artcraft Pictures Corporation

Age: Dec. at 87 (1892-1979)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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Clara Bow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Did America's Sweetheart Look Like In Every Decade?
Photo: Wings/Paramount Pictures

Age: Dec. at 60 (1905-1965)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Shirley Temple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Did America's Sweetheart Look Like In Every Decade?
Photo: Rebecca of Stonybrook Farm/20th Century Fox

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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