Monday, March 6, 2017

the last book I ever read (Mary Astor's Purple Diary, The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936, excerpt three)

from Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel:

Woolley, a Mormon from Utah, was no stranger to clients with scandalous sex lives. As a young lawyer in the 1920s, he had represented Aimee Semple McPherson. The glamorous evangelist who owned her own church and radio station had run off for a tryst with one of her employees, later telling a wild story about having been kidnapped. She was charged with perjury, but Woolley got her acquitted. Now he was almost as famous as the stars he represented. Mary found him friendly and understanding, but he flinched when he heard details about the diary. Still, after mulling it over, he told Mary he thought he could keep it from being entered into evidence. Marylyn had been living with her for a year and was thriving. Woolley suggested Mary sue for custody.

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