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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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(p.177) 16 Remarriage
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes Iris Barry's second marriage to stockbroker Dick Abbott on August 31, 1934. The decree of her divorce from Alan Porter was issued in Reno, Nevada, on July 27. Iris and Dick briefly shared notions of new lives in the Southwest, but both saw more promising horizons at the Museum of Modern Art. Abbott's parents also provided Iris with her first sustained impressions of domestic life in America. She discovered a newfound sense of belonging which proved an antidote to the instability of her early years in the country. Having achieved a degree of domestic tranquility for the first time and made the acquaintance of some powerful figures in the museum world, Iris launched upon one of the busiest years of her life.

Keywords:   marriage, Dick Abbott, divorce, Alan Porter, Museum of Modern Art

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