Olive Thomas married Jack Pickford, the brother of silent film star Mary Pickford, in 1916, and went on to become a successful actress in films. However, this success was short-lived. In one of the great Hollywood scandals of the time, she died in 1920 from accidental swallowing of poison. She was only 25.
In 1931, Bernard Krug Thomas spoke to the Pittsburgh Press about his life with Olive in McKees Rocks. Reflecting on their courtship, marriage and how it all ended, he said, "Half of her wanted the real things in life, and the other half wanted the glitter of a make believe world."
A big thanks is in order to the McKees Rocks Historical Society for helping me gather this information.
|110 Patterson Street, McKees Rocks. This is where Olive Thomas lived with her family before marrying Bernard Krug in 1911.|
|404 Woodward Avenue, McKees Rocks. This is where Olive Thomas lived while married to Bernard Krug Thomas, from 1911-1913.|
|411 Alexander Street, McKees Rocks. This is where Olive Thomas stayed while waiting for her divorce from Bernard Krug Thomas in 1915.|