During a recent recording session (I think it was the Major Spoilers Podcast, but we’ve had a pretty heavy recording schedule of late), we got to talking about Andrew Garfield and how some folks feel bad for him for no longer being the chosen Spider-Man.  My response was that he gets to go home to America’s Sweetheart, so I’m sure he won’t be broken up about it for long.  The concept of “America’s Sweetheart” is a nebulous and ultimately meaningless title, but one thing is for sure: You know we aren’t getting through today’s discussion without the name “Ashley Williams” popping up.  My personal peccadilloes aside, there are a number of actors who have been somehow crowned a national crush, including Mr. Garfield’s long-time companion Emma Stone, once-and-future Mystique Jennifer Lawrence, and the entertainment powerhouse known mononymically as Beyonce, leading us to today’s entirely subjective query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will make a strong case for Salma Hayek defining the term in the 1990s, but still finds Clara Bow to be an incredibly lovely woman, asking: Who’s the first person to pop into your head when you hear the somewhat silly term ‘America’s Sweetheart’?


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  1. Melissa Joan Hart is at the top of my list. With Leah Remini close behind( particularly when she was a guest star on Saved be the Bell).

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