When Hollywood royalty traded it all for a Brazilian farm

In the mid-20th century, a group of Hollywood movie stars gave up the glitz and glamor to become farmers in the Brazilian state of Goiás

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Joan Lowell at the entrance of the Anchorage farm. Photo: Archive/Manchete

In the middle of the 20th century, a group of illustrious Hollywood and Broadway stars decided to abandon the hustle and bustle of the U.S. and move to a quaint, isolated town in central Brazil and become farmers.

This may sound like the first act of a blockbuster comedy, and — in a certain way — it is.

The cast of this South American caper includes silent film star Joan Lowell, Janet Gaynor — who won the first ever Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise in 1928 — and...

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