People, Jan. 6, 1975

It was an unhappy marriage, and divorce seemed the only way out for Clifford and Edith Irving, mastermind and accomplice respectively of the phony Howard Hughes biography caper. But when they emerged from prison after being separated for nearly two years, they were understandably reluctant to get involved in yet another legal process. Last month Clifford, 44, returned to Ibiza, the Mediterranean island where he used to live, to spend Christmas with his wife and their two sons, Nedsky, 6, and Barney, 4. Irving was due back in Manhattan last week, where he...

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