Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A Self Made Widow begins conventionally enough as farm girl Sylvia Smith (Alice Brady) is lured to the city by a smooth-talking gentleman, only to discover that said gentleman is already married. Too proud to return home and admit her foolishness, Sylvia remains in the Big City to face an uncertain future. But fortune smiles upon Sylvia when she comes across an apparent suicide note written by heartbroken millionaire Fitzhugh Castleton (John Bowers). With this note in hand, Sylvia poses as the Castleton's widow, thereby sidestepping the disgrace of being seduced and abandoned -- and incidentally falling heir to her "husband's" fortune. Inevitably, Castleton returns very much alive, but rather than eject Sylvia from his family mansion he falls in love with the pretty impostor and offers to become her husband for real.