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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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The End

The End

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(p.401) 42 The End
Source:
Lady in the Dark
Author(s):

Robert Sitton

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.003.0042

This chapter details the end of Iris Barry's life. Her life ended in a hospital in Marseilles, where she was operated on for cancer of the throat in October 1969. The cancer may have metastasized from her earlier condition, as she had feared upon leaving New York. Following her death David Austin instructed his attorneys to have their French representative file suit against Pierre Kerroux. The Austin house was also put up for sale. Iris had been a constant smoker all her life; she also drank to excess. She depended, sometimes excessively, on the generosity of others. She lived in a time when friends meant a great deal, when day-to-day challenges of food and clothing and housing were not mitigated by government safety nets. Yet even in adversity she retained a sense of humor.

Keywords:   death, cancer, David Austin, Pierre Kerroux

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