Libby Holman (May 23, 1904 – June 18, 1971), American torch singer and stage actress romantically involved with a number of men and women from Jane Bowles to Montgomery Clift, from the Dupont heiress Louisa d’Andelot Carpenter to the R.J. Reynolds tobacco heir Zachary Smith Reynolds. Libby married Reynolds in 1931; a year later she was arrested and charged with his murder. Louisa d’Andelot Carpenter paid Libby’s $25,000 bail and caused a stir when she showed up at the Wentworth, North Carolina courthouse in a suit and tie; reporters on the scene assumed Louisa was a man. The Reynolds family, wishing to avoid a scandal, had the charges against Libby dropped and the death of Reynolds declared a suicide.
You can’t pin some people down. They will not be constrained or easily defined. Their lives and their relationships are complicated. Especially when money and fame are involved. Although you can get yourself into trouble even when there’s no money or fame in the mix. Trust me.
I am very fond of Ethel Waters version of “Am I Blue?” but Libby’s is pretty good too. Happy Friday.