The Tragic Real-Life Story Of W. C. Fields, Facts You Probably Never Knew.
The mini true story of W. C. Fields. Fields married a fellow vaudevillian, chorus girl Harriet "Hattie" Hughes, on April 8, 1900. She became part of Fields’s stage act, appearing as his assistant, whom he would blame entertainingly when he missed a trick. Hattie was educated and tutored Fields in reading and writing during their travels. Under her influence, he became an enthusiastic reader and traveled with a trunk of books including grammar texts, translations of Homer and Ovid, and works by authors ranging from Shakespeare to Dickens to Twain and P. G. Wodehouse. By 1907, he and Hattie had separated; she had been pressing him to stop touring and settle into a respectable trade, but he was unwilling to give up show business. They never divorced. Until his death, Fields continued to correspond with Hattie and voluntarily sent her a weekly stipend.
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