Barbara enters into one of her life’s darkest periods in this chapter. Ben Deely sues her for divorce, naming Jack Daugherty as correspondent and charging her with committing adultery with various men. (Advised by her attorneys that she was technically wed to Philip Ainsworth when she married Ben, and presuming that her marriage to Ben is thus invalid, Barbara supposes herself innocent.) The situation takes a sinister turn when Ben’s attorney, Herman Roth, attempts to extort money from Barbara by threatening to scandalize her and Arthur Sawyer, her manager. While enduring Roth’s blackmailing tactics, Barbara completes Thy Name Is Woman (1924) with Ramon Novarro; information regarding the film’s plot, production, and reviews is provided, particularly since the film represents a departure from Barbara’s vamp typecasting. It is revealed in this chapter that, in addition to Ben’s divorce suit and Roth’s machinations, a devastating medical diagnosis is bearing down on Barbara.
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