1927 Grasselli Divorce
Former Movie Ticket Seller Divorced From Millionaire "Prince; " Retains Annuity, Blonde Beauty Roe from $6 Week Job to Affluence With $24,000 Annuity CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sept 12 (j) The romance of a blonde beauty, who was employed as a ticket seller at a local motion picture theater, with her millionaire "princ ended today when Mrs. Helen Long Grasselli was granted a divorce from Edward Grasselli, heir to the Grasselli chem ical fortune, In common pleas court, here. Gross neglect of duty was given as grounds for the divorce. Once a ticket seller drawing J6 a week In a local theater, Mrs. Gras selli found herself today with prop erty valued at more than $100,000 and an allowance of $24,000 a year from a trust fund provided by Grasselli, Retains Her Annuity While permitting her to retain her $24,000 annuity, the court decreed she must relinquish, any interest in Grasselli's Grasselli's trust, the income from 1,200 shares of preferred stock in the Grasselli Grasselli Chemical company, and. she must pay $15,000 in .debts outstanding against her. Mrs. Grasselli,. through her ' attorneys, attorneys, had entered a motion to withdraw her divorce petition after weeks had been spent in taking depositions depositions at notary hearings, but the court refused her motion. Testimony at the notary hearings revealed that Grasselli had lavished money and gifts on Mrs. Grasselli and her relatives, settling a dower right on her sister, Leila Long, and purchasing purchasing expensive presents and automobiles, automobiles, for his wife. Reveals "Another Woman" The notary hearing bared Gras - selli's relations with "another woman,'' whom be met in Miami, Fla., and is now living in Washington, D. C, Grasselli admitted that he had lavished gifts on the "other woman,' who was a saleslady in a Miami shop; and had made half a dozen trips - to Washington to see her. - "Are you Intending to marry this woman if divorced?" Mrs! Grasselli's attorney asked Grasselli during the hearing. 'That is unanswerable at the present present time," Grasselli replied, but admitted admitted in further questioning that he had a tentative agreement - with the "other woman," whose name was never revealed, to consider marriage after the legal entanglements involv ing his present wife were cleared. Swamped by Hungry Relatives "For six years during our married life, every time the dinner bell rang at our home, it was Mrs. Grasselli s hungry sisters . and their husbands who composed four - flfths of those who put their feet under our table,' Grasselli said. . Early in the hearing Mrs. Grasselli complained that she was unable to live "adequately" on the $24,000 per year Grasselli Jiad been giving her since their separation. When asked by Grasselli's attorneys if her hus band had ever failed to provide her with things she desired, she replied that sne had never Deen 'skimped for money but that Grasselli had flatly refused to buy her a $4,000 speedboat, a $12,000 automobile and a $60,000 home on. Long Island, which she wanted. - "In granting the divorce today, the court ordered Mrs. Grasselli to return jewels that belonged to Grasselli's mother. Testimony during the hear ing revealed that Mrs. Grasselli had pawned the three pieces of jewelry to secure $5,000 cash.