MANNERS & MORALS: The Beau from Mo

MANNERS & MORALS

For years after he left Independence, Mo. to become a theatrical producer in New York, fortune perversely eluded a benign-looking ex-schoolteacher named Charles Blevins Davis. He managed to round up enough Broadway angels to stage a couple of productions, but they were flops, and life was hard and gritty. Nevertheless, he traveled, met the famous, became well-tailored, suave and bald, and shortened his name to the more fashionable C. Blevins Davis. In 1946, at the age of 45, he married an aging heiress named Marguerite Sawyer Hill, a daughter-in-law of Rail Tycoon (Great Northern) James...

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