Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on December 23, 1923 · Page 53
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 53

Detroit, Michigan
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Sunday, December 23, 1923
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3 u vt n 1 4 p ii ii m- V,. ' 'Sfw.' TT JLI. 11VW lilt ZnA7 I Stern Parental Hand That Already Has Dragged Rich Young Whitney Warren Away From One Charming Sweetheart Now Seems To Be Trying to Spoil His Latest Romance in Just the Same Very Disconcerting Way Whitney Warren, Jr., the smart set hero of some very troubled love affairs 1 T' IHE course of romance for Mr. Whitney Warren, Jr., apparently is not the joyous and triumphant affair cno would expect for such a forceful and good-looking young hero and one who comes of such a rich and in every way distinguished family. Whether it is some heiress of fashionable society or gome charming genius of the stage on whom he sets his heart, there seems always to be a stern parental hand to reach out and seize the young man by the cout collar and drag him firmly away from the object of his devotion. Ho falls into love only to be promptly yanked out again, and the deeper he falls the more vigorous the restraining and restoring yank of what is suspected to be a watchful father's hand. At least this is how it looks to a curious public, which is beginning to find richer food for gossipy speculation in Whitney Warren's troubled love affairs than it has found in any other young man's in a long time. Whitney Warren won the heart of Geraldine Miller Graham, the California heiress whom the Prince of Wales pronounced the most superbly charming of any of the American beauties with whom he danced. The engagement was announced with all the formality fashionable society de-mauds. And then, after the anticipated brilliant wedding had been postponed for months, came the news that it would never take place that the engagement had been broken "by mutual consent." The real truth of the matter, however, is believed to he that the hero was yanked out of the love match by a parental hand. The Warrens are thou rut to have decided that Miss Graham wax not the right bride for him. Whitney Warren plunged into theal- AS w . f T 9 3 I " il " ' 4 vet1 4 V 4 S rical work. The brightest of the stars in the firmament maintained by the firm with which he became connected is Miss Jeanne Eagols an actress who has risen from humble trouping with "Uncle Tom'a Cabin'-companies to one of the most admired and also one of the most sternly criticised roles on New York's Bfoadway. Very soon it began to be whispered that the young aristocrat who had been unable for some mysterious reason to marry the fashionable Graham heiress was showing in Miss Eagels a much deeper interest than ordinarily would be expected from an employee of a theatrical firm with the actress whom many think its greatest star. The whispers of gossip soon grew to shouts of positive belief that the romance had already reached the point of a seen engagement, and that they would be married early next spring. The young man's father, Whitney Warren, the noted architect, flutly denied that any engagement existed between his son and the actress. The young man himself declined to discuss the matter. Miss Eagels? Well, the reporters were unable to reach her. Hut her French secretary said: "Oh, no, that's not true. Only last night Miss Eagels discussed it and laughed heartily over it." The mother of Miss Eagels, living in a fashionable home just a few doors from New York's most fashionable avenue, denieil the report that she had already planned a great party to celebrate the engagement of her actress daughter to the wealthy architect's son. These denials and refusal to confirm or deny ami reports of hearty laughter only strengthened the theories of the gusnips. As they well knew from experience with many romams, this is quite the way it always is when scn.e son of the smart set falls in love with some beauty of the stage. ,' tjr. H ; , . I ! ." - ' ..,.itv! A'1! 6. ' I n 0 eVi v Ayr w m:: .-A -its : A Mins Geraldine Miller Graham, the fashionable heiress, whose engagement to marry Mr. Warren teas so vujxtcrioiishj broken All the more sure they felt that they had the right slant on the situation when they learned that Whitney Warren's rich and fashionable architect papa had engaged passage for his son on a steamship sailing for Italy. There was the restraining hand again the same one that is believed to have dragged the young man away from the Graham heiress. From the theatrical firm with which oung Mr. Warren is connected there came no hint of any business necessity for a hurried trip to Europe. So everybody thought, quite naturally, that .this was another instance of the. young man being yanked out of what his parents thought an unfortunate love affair. Whitney Warren, Jr., is a nephew of George Henry Warren and Lloyd Warren and a cousin of Countess de Les-ttyrie, of Taris. His father is one of TELLING FORTUNES BY HAIR It has been scientifically demonstrated that a person's hair bear the imprint of his race, his origin and his iharacter. Also, that the way the hair grows and the direction it takes shows what an itid.vidual has done, and further reveals what the man (or woman) is doing at the pre-ent time. It shows Lis habits and often his thoughts America's most noted architects. In 1916 he went' to France and served for six months in the Harjes Ambulance Corps. Later he got a commission in the French army and served with such heroism that he was decorated with the French war cross and the French military medal. He is a member of the Racquet and Tennis Clubs and one of the best known and best liked ypung men in New York's smart set. That Geraldine Graham's family should have had ' any objection to him as a husband for her seems impossible. But there are many possible reasons why the Warrens may have thought their son could do better and so exerted their influence to break np the match. Of course, Geraldine Graham has nothing like the background of which young Mr. Warren can boast. Ilei father's wealth and the social prestige her mother's charm has won are things of very recent origin. In the little town of Paris, Ky., there are still living persons who can remember the days when the now socially distinguished Mrs. Graham lived in an extremely humble home. Her father was a carpenter and her mother had to eke out what he earned at his trade by doing millinery and dressmaking for the neighbors. Pollock was the family's name, and the daughter, who was noted from her babyhood for her beauty, was known as "Birdie." Carpentry and millinery and dressmaking in the Kentucky village proved not enough to keep the home fires burning very brightly, and the family removed to Philadelphia. There the Pollocks conducted a boarding house and the beautiful "Birdie" is said to have waited on table and helped with the other tasks that fall to the lot of a girl whose parents are forced to make a living by feeding others and supplying them with lodging. But the hoarding house venture proved a lucky one for the family. Among the boarders was a young man named William Miller Graham. He fell in love with "Birdie," married her and carried her rff to the West with him while he sought his fortune in the oil business. The hair of human beings, as well as animals, grows in the lines of least resistance. Thiueh the manner and direction of the growth may be interfered with, the natural characteristics are not easily departed from. When hair is turned fre--n its own inclinations the purpose of the individual is sent along Lew lines of investigation. ,1. Either young Graham was a singularly capable young man or extraordinarily lucky. At any rate,, it was not long before he was rated as sixty times millionaire. He took his bride on a trip to Europe that exceeded in magnificence anything she had dared hope for while she was living' in Paris, Ky., or in her later boarding house days in Philadelphia. Mrs. Graham was a woman who well knew how to take advantage of every opportunity wealth brought. Her belated honeymoon tour of Europe proved one long triumph. At Maricnhad she was presented to the then King Edward of England and they became warm friends. This friendship was quite enough to insure her social success when she and her husband went to live in London. The Grahams leased Lady Newburn-Holms' magnificent residence in Grosvenor Square, London, and the lavishncss of their entertainments amazed as much as Mrs. Graham's charm, and later that of her , daughter, delighted the most fashionable London society. They dazzled the American social world almost as much when they returned to this country first in Los Angeles, where they purchased a home, and later in Santa Barbara, where they built a veritable palace. Included in the latter establishment was a miniature theatre, where both Mrs. Graham and her daughter had every opportunity to gratify their artistic ambitions. No other American young woman was mpre frequently reported engaged to the Prince of Wales than Geraldine Miller Graham. When these repeated and often apparently well-founded rumors proved without foundation and her engagement to Whitney Warren, Jr., wa3 announced everybody thought young Mr. Warren one of the luckiest of men. The engagement was announced one August and the wedding set for the following February. That month passed, and March also, and the calendar was almost at May Day when society was astonished to hear that the romance was all off that the engagement was canceled "by mutual consent." The gossips have always insisted that it was the opposition of the Warren family that led to the shattering of this romance. But just what the reason was for the opposition has remained a good deal of a mystery. Some say it was because the Warrens were unable to overlook Mrs. Graham's very humble origin and the newness of her wealth and social position. Others hint that it had its basis in facts connected with Mrs. Graham's divorce, which was announced about the time her daughter's engagement wa3 broken. Whatever objection the Whitney Warrens mi'ht have had to Geraldine Gra- a t w v. ? S V , i - I 4 0 Miss Jeanne Eagels. the stage beauty whom the gos sips think young Mr. Warren would like to marry if she and his proud family would let him ham might easily be multiplied in the case of Jeanne Eagels, the actress. She was born in Boston, of Irish and Spanish parents. At the age of seven 6he made her first appearance on the stage In a tent show. A year later she began touring small towns in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma with a road company, with which her principal part was Little Eva in "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The greatest triumph of her career has come during trie last two seasons in a role she is still playing. It is that of an outcast woman who discovers in the behavior of a sanctimonious missionary who tries to save her soul surprising proof of his hypocrisy. Many moralists have denounced the frankness of the lines and situations which the playwright has supplied for Miss Eagels. Others have declared that the whole atmosphere of the play is demoralizing and gives an utterly false idea of life. But nobody has denied that Jeanne Eagels brings to the rather unsavory part wonderful charm as a woman and ability as an actress. Her outstanding success, however, could probably never remove from the minds of many fashionable families the feeling that a woman of the stage is far from a desirable daughter-in-law. It is strongly suspected that such a prejudice is responsible for the reported effort of the Warren parental hand to yank the son and heir out of another romance. But there are indications that the young man is not proving so obedient to its restraining pull as he was in the case of his love affair with the Graham heiress. The steamship passage that had been engaged for him was mysteriously canceled and he remains in New York, within easy reach of Miss Eagels. (Copyright 1923) Misunderstood Ada: "When we are married I will share all your troubles and sorrows." Her Lover: "I hav6 none!" "I said when we are married." '.. '' w ' i 4 i :rf r ( j t, y ' - ' ft , Pf - ' I ' h 7'

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