Friday, August 29, 2014
Florence Fay -- "Hurry Here"
On July 11, 1928, the domestic discord brewing between the 35-year-old former show girl (real name Vollbracht), her estranged husband, Robert Vollbracht, and her so-called lover, Frank McCoy, ended in tragedy in New York City. Weeks earlier, Fay's husband had instituted a divorce action after finding her in a room with McCoy. Although Fay insisted that their relationship was purely "companionate," Vollbracht moved out of their apartment at the Century Hotel at 111 W. Forty-sixth Street. On July 11, Florence Fay phoned a close friend to inform him that "I am going to end my life. Hurry here. When you arrive I will be dead." A hurried call to the hotel manager proved too late. Upon entering the ex-showgirl's room decorated with autographed photos of movie stars, he found Fay dead on the bathroom floor near an empty three ounce vial of Lysol. According to authorities, a newspaper clipping announcing a suit filed by her husband was found among her effects.