These women were so close that in 1934, they travelled together to Reno to secure their divorces (from two different men). They call each other ‘Lamb’ and ‘Darling’ and miss each other ‘like double-barrelled hell’. When Kay was married to a millionaire, she routinely gave Mary last year’s fur coat. By the 1940s, things had turned around. After endless fights with a married man they secretly called “The Fiend”, Mary married a millionaire philanthropist. There’s extended correspondence between Kay and Mary’s secretary over the insurance premium on Mary’s mink coat, which Kay was now wearing on the ranch they’d called “The Faye and Kay”. The ins and outs of their love affairs are suitably dramatic enough to make them The Sex and the City ladies of the 1940s. But Kay says of one man, with a maturing tone:

These women were so close that in 1934, they travelled together to Reno to secure their divorces (from two different men). They call each other ‘Lamb’ and ̵...