SEASON TWO: THE HOUSE THAT SCANDAL BUILT
Scandal Sheets is back for season two and with a new-ish co-host, Adrienne! For this season, we’re focusing on scandalous architects and buildings associated with scandal.
Episode 11: Murder at Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scandalous Life
Frank Lloyd Wright was an internationally acclaimed architect known for iconic buildings such as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. While his professional life was a success, his personal life was akin to a Jerry Springer episode. Extramarital affairs, acrimonious divorces, and…murder. Join a very sick Caroline (sick, for real, as in a sinus infection) and Adrienne as they see exactly what Frank was getting up to in Wisconsin. Eating cheese, perhaps?
Episode 12: Murder at Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scandalous Life, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne pick up with Frank Lloyd Wright’s life following the tragic events at Taliesin. Don’t worry–there’s plenty more scandal to be had including more marriages (and more divorces), illegitimate babies, and money troubles.
Sources: “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan; Frank Lloyd Wright, a two-part documentary by Ken Burns; “Massacre at Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Love Cottage'” by Christopher Klein; and “The Terrible Crime at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin” by Stacy Conradt. You can also visit Taliesin on the web, or in person, if you’re in that neck of the woods.
Episode 13: Glensheen and Minnesota’s Most Notorious Murder
Join Caroline and Adrienne as they discuss what is in Minnesota. “Cherries on Spoons” apparently. Oh and murrrrrder. Also, Glensheen, the palatial estate of Minnesota’s second richest man, Chester Congdon.
Epsiode 14: Glensheen and Minnesota’s Most Notorious Murder, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne finally get to the scandalous murder that happened at Glensheen. They also learn how to pronounce “Ajo, AZ” and that cake should always be avoided. Adrienne’s geriatric cat Mona guest stars.
Sources: “40 Years Later, Glensheen Murders Still Grip Duluth”; “Marjorie Congdon”; “My Weekend with Marjorie Congdon” by Alyssa Ford; and “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion” by Joe Kimball. Visit Glensheen on the web for more information on the house and the Congdon family.
Episode 15: A Mysterious Murder Suicide at Greystone: The Doheny Family
This week on Scandal Sheets, Caroline promotes Adrienne to “host” and they discuss the Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles. While this mansion has been seen in multiple movies, it has a dark past which includes a rather suspicious murder suicide.
Episode 16: The Scandalous Life and Death of Stanford White, Part I
In this episode, Caroline and Adrienne discuss the scandalous life and death of architect Stanford White and his marvelous mustache. One part of the prolific Gilded Age architecture firm, McKim, Mead, and White, “Stanny” had quite the interesting personal life…
Episode 17: The Scandalous Life and Death of Stanford White, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne wrap up their deep dive into the life of Stanford White. Spoiler alert: he ends up murdered. Our intrepid hosts also decide that a Scandal Sheets soundtrack needs to happen…and that cats don’t like house guests.
Sources: “Triumvirate” by Mosette Broderick; the Trials of Harry Thaw for the Murder of Stanford White; “Evelyn Nesbit: the World’s First Supermodel” by Lindsay Baker; “American Eve” by Paula Uruburu
Episode 18: Scandalmonger William Randolph Hearst and his Amazing Castle, Part I
Caroline and Adrienne discuss the grand master of scandal (it’s pro-geni-tor), William Randolph Hearst. In addition to inventing sensationalized news reporting, Heart constructed the eye-wateringly beautiful Hearst Castle, also known as San Simeon. Along the way he indulged in a long-term affair with a movie star and may have murdered someone. Oops. Also, this episode is cat-forward and Adrienne wants to know why Missouri is the “Show Me” state?
Episode 19: Scandalmonger William Randolph Hearst and his Amazing Castle, Part II
Caroline and Adrienne finish the story of William Randolph Hearst and the prodigious task that was the construction of Hearst Castle. The drink of the episode is called “Behind the Barn” and Caroline designates herself the Captain of Scandal. Adrienne is still thinking about her new title.
Sources: Julia Morgan, Architect by Sarah Holmes Boutelle; The Uncrowned King: the Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst by Kenneth Whyte; “Scandal: William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies” on Unusual Historicals; “Obituary Revives Rumor of Hearst Daughter” by Faye Fiore for the Los Angeles Times.
Episode 20: The Million Dollar Theater and the Fatty Arbuckle Scandal
Caroline and Adrienne start the show off with lemurs but don’t worry we’re serving up an extra helping of scandal this episode as we discuss the Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle scandal which rocked Hollywood. Find out how it all went down and what connection the scandal has to LA’s Million Dollar Theater.
Sources: “The Million Dollar Theater” via Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation; the Million Dollar Theater; “Historic Core’s elaborate Million Dollar Theatre has a new tenant” by Blanca Barragan for Curbed:LA; “The Skinny on the Fatty Arbuckle Trial” by Gilbert King for Smithsonian Magazine; “The Scandals of Hollywood: the Destruction of Fatty Arbuckle” by Anne Helen Petersen for The Hairpin
Episode 21: Henry Flagler, From Scandalous Oil Magnate to Florida Developer
Turns out that Henry Flagler, the old dude that developed Florida’s east coast, was one smokin’ hottie when he was younger. Which might account for his three marriages, two of which were to women half his age. This ingenious businessman made millions on oil refining and then invested it in the development of hotels and railroads that opened Florida to millions of tourists. Join Caroline and Adrienne as they discuss the early years of Henry’s life and one of the monumental hotels he developed. Along the way they discover their mutual love for “Faerie Tale Theatre” and weird things like Tuberculosis hospitals.
SEASON ONE: BRITS GONE WILD
Our premiere season is focusing on those Brits who refused to have a stiff upper lip. Join us for salacious stories from the other side of the pond. This season features Caroline and her husband Tim, and does not include the architecture component. Note: The sound quality is not the best–we were still learning!
Episode 1: Lady Seymour Worsley and the Divorce that Rocked England
Join Caroline and Tim as they explore the life of Lady Seymour Worsley, a late eighteenth century heiress who decided that love was more important than social standing.
Episode 2: Lady Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire: England’s First Celebrity
In this episode, Caroline and Tim discuss Lady Georgiana (it’s Geor-jay-na!) and her rise to the top of late 18th century English society. Despite being young, beautiful, and exceedingly wealthy, she was trapped in a loveless marriage that resulted in a scandalous arrangement with her best friend, Lady Bess Foster.
SOURCES: the definitive biography Lady Georgiana is Amanda Foreman’s Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire.
Episode 3: Lady Caroline Lamb and the Mad, Bad Lord Byron
Lady Caroline Lamb was the niece of the Duchess of Devonshire. She married into the prominent Lamb family, but became disenchanted with marriage and society in early 19th century England. What resulted set London ablaze.
SOURCES: Professor Paul Douglass manages an excellent website on Lady Caroline’s life to includes crucial information and critique. Check out CARO for more information about this remarkable woman.
Born the heir to the English throne in 1841, Albert Edward, known as Bertie by his familiars, was raised in an idyllic home with his parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Or was he? Subjected to heavy criticism by his parents, Bertie was considered “slow” in comparison to his siblings, which arrived approximately every two years. In the first of two episodes, Caroline and her special guest Adrienne explore Bertie’s upbringing and how it affected his scandalous love life.
SOURCES: There are myriad biographies on Edward VII, but for our episodes, we consulted Jane Ridley’s Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince.
Episode 6: Lady Colin Campbell’s Scandalous Life
Born Gertrude Blood, Lady Colin Campbell married one of the many younger sons of the Duke of Argyll…only to discover that he had infected her with a venereal disease. Instead of suffering in silence, Gertrude took her husband to court, suing him first for a judicial separation and then a divorce. This scandal shocked English society and should have obliterated Gertrude’s reputation for life. But she refused to spend the rest of her life in obscurity.
SOURCES: This article and Love well the Hour; The Life of Lady Colin Campbell, 1857-1911 by Anne Jordan.
Episode 7: Princess Louise, the Scandalous Royal
Born the sixth child of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert, Princess Louise was a rebel from birth. An accomplished artist, she was the first princess in over 300 years to marry a non-royal. But the records concerning her life have been kept from the public consumption. We discuss some of the scandals she may have been involved in, including an illegitimate love child and a hot affair with a fellow artist.
Episode 8: Those Scandalous Mountbattens
Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife Edwina led a charmed life in 20th century England. Louis or Dickie, as he was called by his familiars, was the great-grandson of Queen Victoria and cousin to the ruling monarch, George V. Edwina was pretty and extremely wealthy. Their marriage, originally a love match, would turn out to be a bit too bourgeois for Edwina, and the result was a scandalous arrangement whispered about for decades.
The Mountbattens have been the subject of a recent film entitled The Viceroy’s House though it does play down Edwina’s many scandalous affairs. Both Dickie and Edwina also appear in Season Two of the Netflix series The Crown.
Edward VIII, known as David to his friends and family, was always ill-at-ease with being king. Very intelligent but not particularly driven, David was more interested in pursuing women., which was all well and good until he fell for a divorced American socialite named Wallis Simpson. Over two episodes, we expose the real story behind the David’s eventual abdication and what happened to the Windsors following their exile from England. There will be Nazis.
SOURCES: We used a variety of articles for these episodes: The Telegraph, NY Post, History Extra, and The Daily Mail (UK). Some biographies worth reading include That Woman by Anna Sebba, The Duchess of Windsor: A Secret Life by Charles Higham, and King Edward VIII: the Definitive Portrait of the Duke of Windsor by Philip Ziegler. You can also access the entirety of David’s abdication speech on YouTube.