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if tr r Si' II ! 11 i J ignates 'ii to mm ! V mm 9 mm V.. ' v,v r.7.iv.; llii. is. M .: W -vs.; All H- vS& (litaiiiiiB 1 ii?'':': V '-i-a'.. .V:.... -v. :,:t:i V -..-;',..- . .. '.v: -T . ' i . 1 ...I . , .'J.:. J . .. r, ''i.. ;..'S;','..,,;, ;;, .i i. .,- And now they're : separated! Ann Mwrdook, Famoua Inu, and Hr Broker HuIim4, Harry C Pwra, Whom Sh Sued to Rcvr $150,000 Worth of Bond. 44 'THE way ei tbt transgressor is hard. Mr Jmbtntfa money will V not bur Ana Murtock hspplness, and tbt will not oy ii." : 1 Mrs. Alt Hayman, widow cf the theatrical magnate, in commenting upon tba term his will. I) Ttfx ft hf 0 ' V' ' THAT prophecy was made in June, 1621. And today- ? Has Ann Murdoclc, former Prohman iter and Broadway beauty, found true happiness? Has the fortune which Hayman left her made her thoughts, as well, as her purse, golden? Has the document that Hayman penned before he was carried off by Sneumonia and that failed to mention rg. Hayman been a mascot or a jinx to the actress? Answers to these questions can, perhaps, be found in the most recent developments In Miss Murdock's private life. Certain highlights have been: Doubt cast upon the authenticity of her marriage to Harry C. Powers, a Mew York bond broker. General unhappiness during her wedded existence with Powers. A suit against her husband to recover $150,000, which she claimed she had loaned him. The denial by Miss Murdock that a reconciliation is possible between the couple. . And now, possibly in a last desperate attempt to snare the blue bird which money couldn't buy, Ann Murdock is planning to build a beautiful residence far out on Long Island, where she will make provision for a huge playground where poor and lonesome kiddies can romp and make merry during the coming Summer and many Summers thereafter. Perhaps the sound of childish mirth will do something to alleviate the pain felt by Miss Murdock since hfcr matrimonial current was turned awry by circumstances. Perhaps, too, it will summon back scenes from her own youth, when she was a carefree girl who little dreamed that one day her face would smile down on passersby from a thousand billboards. It w8 at a very early age that she decided to adopt the stage as a career. Mrs. Coleman, her mother, was deeply religious. She frowned on the suggestion that her little Irene Ann Coleman might become an actress. Far better, she advised, to study nursing. There was something highly prophetic in that remark, for Ann was destined to play such a real-life role, but not in the footlights' glare just for love. D i s r e g a rdipg Mrs. Coleman's expressed embargo, little Ann began her weary round of the managers' offices. Waiting in the Empire Theatre one day, hoping for ar. engrge-ment, the girl iaet Alf Hayman, then titi . 111 1' I'M, w if ,V STAR, SWEETHEART, NURSE. Striking ' Photo ' of Mift Murdock, Who Has Vainly Sought Happinen Sine Alf Hayman Died, ' , Leaving Her Hit Fortune. . Y a L' u"' y' ; 7 HER ADORER'S REVENGE. "The infatuated Hayman flew into a rage. He ordered workmen to take down from the lobby-wall a beautiful portrait of Ann." WILLED ANN HIS ALL. Alf Hayman, Theatrical Magnate. a powerful factor in the extensive Froh-man interests. Hayman, with a showman's sharp eye for stage values, sensed that here was worth-while material for light comedy and not too heavy dramatic demands. Coached by the adroit and skilful Hayman, Miss Murdock blossomed into a promising actress. In "A Girl of Today" and "The Beautiful Adventure," for instance, she gave pleasing performances, although, in her own phrase, she "was never a howling success." ' But her sweet and charming personality won her many admirers. Most of all, it won her the deathless devotion of Alf Hayman. Miss Murdock today says simply and frankly, "It was th,e great romance of my life. There was noth-ing in the world that he wouldn't do for me. Work became joyful pleasure, so kind and interested was Mr. Hayman. Indeed, he went out of his way to put me over as a Broadway star." She admits that the producer secretly realized, and may even have known that she knew, that there might be other things in life besides the theatre for her. The spark of interest which had 1 peon kindled blazed up into a bonfire of infatuation. 1 layman grew , so attached to the girl that he . couldn't bear to have her out of . his sight for a minute. "Give up the stage if the work bores you,", he urged, "Take an apartment in Manhattan. Bring your mother with you." Swept off her feet by his ardent urgency, Miss Murdock complied. ' Then a tragic note was injected into ' the symphony of their love. Hayman fell ill of pneumonia. Would Ann leave his bedside? Not she! Day and night she waited on him, nursed him, attended him. Hayman's illness had been preluded by an incident that was, elie says, the only rift In the lute of their happiness.- - Dissatisfied with the plays that were being selected for her, Miss Murdock decided to leave the Frohman management. The infatuated Havinan flew into a rage, nfe ordered workmen tit the Empire Theatre to get on the job and take down from the lobby-wall a beautiful portrait of Ann. Ann reconsidered things. She saw her, stand in a new li.. .. The row was patched up. Hayman had separated from his wife in 1917. At that time he ma!o provision for her to the extent of $12,000 a ycaiv His death, climaxing the pneumonia attack through which Aliss Murdock nursed him, automatically cut off that source of financial supply for tin1 widow; rbucati Hayman had willed the bulk of his richf.- to Ann. Sho was to receive, the document stated, the income from $415,000. To her mother tho magnate left $10,000. To Ann ha bequeathed altto $250,000 in securities. It was over a . part -of that amount that Miss Murdock and Powers, her husband, came to grief and high words. , ' ' She brought suit against Towers, charging that sho had loaned him $150,000 and that he had fniloil to return it. This legal prcssuro and perhaps a desire to appease his wife's feelings were responsible for his giving back the disputed sum. But In tfw meantime it had come to light that Powers had been married before he wedded Miss Murdock. No record of his divorce was, apparently, discoverable. Was his alliance with Ann. legal, people wondered? It lasted a hare three months. So back to her dream-haunted solitude went Ann. Will she find the blue bird thus far generally denied her, in building h r spacious Long Island residence with Its playground for the poor kiddies? How Can I Improve My Manners? -Sip Your Soup from the Side of the Spoon Hi Air 1 By MRS. CORNELIUS. BEECKMAN. THE first requirement of good table-manners is neatness. And the greatest fortification for neatness in eating is . to know the kind and Uses of the different pieces of- ablesilver,especially ihesoup- spoon,-the-knife- and-the -"fork. - y Take your time when you are eating. Don't attack your, oup with a sense of hurry. Don't fill the bowl of the spoon NEXT WEEKt More Table Manners, (fliotix fix I Swith Ftllom, rumui M.xM.) A i '1 ' 5. r. I s I, ' .t i t . t t s -- i n t : c I. d t i d k i- k t y e i. s y a tt f, it i- it h e 1. i i- t-S I- -. i

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  1. The Times,
  2. 07 Feb 1926, Sun,
  3. Page 49

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