The Press: The Colonel's Lady

At a Chicago breakfast in honor of South Pacific's road-show company last week, Actor Emmett Keane rose and angrily denounced "one vitriolic woman" as "the reason there are so few plays running in Chicago now."

Everybody knew that he was talking about Claudia Cassidy, the Chicago Tribune's triple-threat (drama-music-ballet) critic, who had just given Keane and the road show a mild clawing. Said Actor Keane: she ought to get married. When someone said that Critic Cassidy is married already (to ex-Stockbroker William Crawford), Keane snapped: "Well, then, why not have her divorced and get her married to Westbrook Pegler?"

Publisher Robert R. McCormick,...

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