Libby Holman was a household name in the early 20th century

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The life of Libby Holman had so many twists and turns it ended up being made into two different Hollywood films. For the woman herself, it was a series of highs and lows that ended in tragedy.

Holman first came on the scene in the 1920s, rising to fame in NYC thanks to a husky singing voice and magnetic stage presence.

Her Philadelphia connection? Romantic affairs with people from Philly-area families — a DuPont heiress, for one — and it’s where her only son was born, at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Scroll through the Headlines of Yore thread below to trace the rollercoaster of Holman’s life, which included being an early supporter of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Avi Wolfman-Arent

Avi Wolfman-Arent is a host on 90.9 FM and an education reporter with WHYY News, where he's worked since 2014. Prior to that he covered nonprofits for the Chronicle of Philanthropy and education technology...