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Hayward, Leland (13 September 1902–18 March 1971), theatrical and literary agent and producer, was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the son of William Leland, a district attorney, and Sarah Irland Tappan. Hayward attended private schools in New England and was admitted to Princeton University, but he was asked to leave in his freshman year because of poor grades. In 1921 he married Inez “Lola” Gibbs. They divorced the next year but remarried in 1930; they divorced again in 1934....

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Charles Norris. Photograph by Arnold Genthe. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-G401-T-0342-B-008).

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Norris, Charles Gilman Smith (23 April 1881–25 July 1945), writer and editor, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Benjamin Franklin Norris, a traveling jeweler, and Gertrude Glorvina Doggett, a former actress. His mother had hoped for a daughter, and her apparent indifference to her son troubled Charles Gilman Norris (the Smith was ultimately dropped) throughout his life as he sought to establish a literary name for himself apart from his more celebrated brother, ...