Nation: The Adventures of Melanie Cain

Melodrama of love and death

Melanie Cain graduated from high school five years ago in Naperville, 111., and set out to make her fortune as a fashion model. Soon she found a place with Manhattan's prestigious Ford Model Agency. She began going around with a celebrated race-track figure named Howard ("Buddy") Jacobson. He set her up as the head of her own modeling agency, named My Fair Lady. Her picture began appearing in the pages of Vogue and McCall's, even on the cover of Redbook, and soon she was earning more than $100,000 a...

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