Pulls gun, chases wife’s friend

Here’s a short article from the June 18 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that featured a bit of society drama:

Cornelius Vanderbilt IV (1898-1974) spent his life caught between a rock and a hard place. Because he became a newspaper publisher, he was cast out from the high society into which he was born. But because he came from a wealthy and privileged background, he didn’t fit in with ordinary people either.

Vanderbilt (who was often referred to as Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., and whose family and friends called him Neil) served in the First World War as a driver. (He got the post because he knew how to drive a Rolls-Royce.) After the war, he started several unsuccessful newspapers, and made an anti-Nazi film titled Hitler’s Reign of Terror in 1934. It was the first anti-Nazi film ever made.

Vanderbilt was not lucky in love: he married a total of seven times (though his last marriage lasted from 1967 until his death). The Mrs. Vanderbilt mentioned in this article was wife number two: she was Mrs. Mary Weir Logan when she married Vanderbilt in 1928, and she had obtained a divorce from Mr. Logan a half an hour before their wedding. (Mr. Logan later became penniless and eventually committed suicide.) The couple divorced in August 1931, shortly after she had been spotted in the company of Mr. Arno. She passed away in 1984.

Peter Arno (1904-1968) created cartoons and cover pages for The New Yorker from 1925, the year that the magazine was founded, until he passed away. Vanity Fair magazine has a long article describing Arno’s life, which was apparently not dull.

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