MANNERS & MORALS: Mission to Sun Valley

MANNERS & MORALS

In 1935 Joseph E. Davies, distinguished lawyer and socialite, crossed the Atlantic, walked into his wife's suite in London's Claridge's Hotel. Mrs. Davies hurried forward affectionately to greet him, but Joe held her back with a dramatic gesture. "Emlen," he intoned to his wife of 33 years, "I want my freedom." She replied: "Why certainly, Joe." Soon Emlen divorced Joe Davies. At about the same time, Marjorie Merriweather Post Close Hutton, the Post Toasties heiress, divorced Edward Hutton, her second husband (the first: Edward Close).

The 1935 wedding of Joe and Marjorie Davies was a $100,000 affair in...

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