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Britney Spears' conservatorship ordeal hauntingly echoes another dark episode in Hollywood history


For the past decade, writer Liz Brown has researched the life and trials of Harrison Post, "a wealthy gay man who was taken captive and defrauded by his family under the guise of 'protection'" in the mid-1930s, chronicled in her new book Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire.

In an essay for Slate, Brown draws parallels between the Post case and that of Britney Spears, whose allegations of conservatorship abuse at her father's hands have gripped the public for the past month.

"Harrison Post was a Hollywood socialite and the secret lover of [Brown's] wealthy great-granduncle, William Andrews Clark Jr., or Will Clark, the son of Sen. W.A. Clark, who was one of the 'Copper Kings' of Montana and who, at the dawn of the electrical age, owned nearly half the red ductile metal in the country."

• "In newspapers, Harrison was identified as 'clubman,' 'art collector,' or 'Hollywood millionaire'... In the world of wealth management, Harrison was an interloper. He didn't ascend into that rarified sphere as a man did, through the accumulation and control of capital, but as a woman was expected to—through a relationship to such a man."

"In March 1934, Post experienced some kind of collapse... In later years, Post mentioned having had a “nervous breakdown,” though he also told people he’d had a stroke. Whatever led to his illness, he was convalescing in a luxury sanitarium that June when Clark died suddenly of a heart attack. Within days, Post's sister Gladys [Crooks] petitioned the court to have him declared incompetent, and she was subsequently appointed the guardian of his estate, which totaled well more than $200,000, or nearly $4.5 million today."

• "Clark had established a $100,000 trust for Post, and yet the Crookses claimed this was insufficient. [Gladys] moved her brother to a cheaper sanitarium, then deemed that institution too expensive and brought him back to his estate in the Palisades... Post would later claim he'd been medicated against his will, 'held in complete physical restraint,' and recorded with Dictaphones to be sure he wasn't conspiring to escape... One of [Gladys'] first purchases was barbed wire."

• "Gladys told the court she needed to raise funds to maintain Post's care. She sold his Rolls-Royce, Plymouth Coupe, horses, antiques, silver, and art. She auctioned off his books to his friends and peers... Later, she would tell him the books had been 'misplaced.'"

"The doctor who testified to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in 1934 that Post should be declared incompetent was a neurologist named Samuel D. Ingham. Samuel Ingham III, who resigned as Britney Spears’ attorney after her June 23 statement to the court, confirmed to [Brown] in an email that [this] was his grandfather. 'I was aware that he did competency assessments for juvenile offenders, but was not familiar with the Post case,' he wrote."

• "Few people in these arrangements are ever restored to competence. Post was. On March 9, 1936, the court declared [he was] 'now sane and competent and capable of taking care of himself and his property.' By then, there was little of his property left. Gladys had dissolved and cashed out the trust Clark had established for her brother."



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The doctor who testified to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in 1934 that Post should be declared incompetent was a neurologist named Samuel D. Ingham. Samuel Ingham III, who resigned as Britney Spears’ attorney after her June 23 statement to the court, confirmed to me in an email that [this] was his grandfather.

Throw the genes away.

I had a nervous breakdown, luckily I’m a poor.

That's the part that got to me the most. No wonder one echos the other! That aspect is on its third generation!

I had a nervous breakdown in June that I'm still recovering from. watching all the Britney stuff made me very thankful of my family who are merely being supportive thru it all.
Only my partner knew at the time and I told everyone else I was dealing with either depression or a stress related illness, depending on my relationship to them. It was only recently I told my mom the truth.
That's a bizarre connection.

friarsfire

2 days ago

therearewords

2 days ago

Cases like these are so fascinating. I was trying to think of similar cases but it got a little muddled. Theres Stan Lee and Harper Lee who were taken advantage of, the Christine Collins case where she was declared mentally insane despite being insist that her son was missing. Even Sylvia Plath.

Red Comet is a good book on Plath. The electroshock therapy she recieved that was also in The Bell Jar was something that shouldn't have been done. It was mishandled and botched.

mayjailer

July 21 2021, 19:19:14 UTC 2 days ago Edited:  July 21 2021, 19:20:06 UTC

i just recently added red comet to my to-read shelf. after years of picking it up and not finishing it (not because i disliked it, i honestly can't say why) i've almost finished the bell jar and am now very interested to read about plath's life. the impact that the electroshock therapy had on her is frightening. iirc carrie fisher was a major proponent of the practice.
mickey rooney was horrifically abused by the end of his life
People that abuse old people and children are just rotten to their core no ifs, ands, or buts.
Wasn’t Zsa Zsa Gábor being taken advantage of as well in her last few years? I remember people being concerned about her creepy husband.
I expected to be upset reading this. I did not expect to be infuriated. These fucking monsters.
The doctor who testified to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in 1934 that Post should be declared incompetent was a neurologist named Samuel D. Ingham. Samuel Ingham III, who resigned as Britney Spears’ attorney after her June 23 statement to the court, confirmed to me in an email that [this] was his grandfather.

😳 wow
I'm furious. That man set aside money to take care of his partner in case something happened to him and the bitch sister got it all. I hope she choked.

devoida_taste

July 21 2021, 19:33:01 UTC 2 days ago Edited:  July 21 2021, 19:35:41 UTC

Actually, Britney's situation is much more like Frances Farmer, an actress from the 1940's. Really fucked up. :(

Frances's mother pretty much said "Who wouldn't want to be a Hollywood star? She must be insane!"
Some families really are 💩💩💩💩!!

Her ex-lawyer having a connection to this WILD!!
holy *fuck*

power fucking corrupts.
jesus christ
this makes me so. fucking. angry. how dare any of these people do shit like this? how fucking dare they???

euraylie

July 21 2021, 19:49:15 UTC 2 days ago Edited:  July 21 2021, 19:49:32 UTC

Not to sound twee, but humanity is so badly lacking in kindness, love and empathy. We are ruled by greed and selfishness

mangosmuggler

July 21 2021, 20:10:59 UTC 2 days ago Edited:  July 21 2021, 20:14:18 UTC

that’s often what makes me feel suicidal, as a person with CPTSD who suffered years and years of horrific child abuse, have been r***d and sexually assaulted various other ways as an adult, etc. WTF is wrong with people?!?? I feel so isolated and alienated because after alllll that I’ve been through I make damn sure I don’t hurt people, unlike people I have encountered throughout my life. I hate how most people are so shitty. I am honestly too pure for this world so it gets hard to keep going…. 😢 what, so I can get abused and assaulted some more???

I’m thankful to be okay lately - I finally have a good support system (cousins who are more like siblings to me, some friends who are treasures, and I’m always thankful for ONTD’s kindness 🥰😭)
I’m so glad you made it through and have a support system now.
Kindness is so undervalued and underrated. There seriously should be classes on it or something. Teach people to be a bit considerate.
We need more pure people

mangosmuggler

1 day ago

Yes, and I say this as someone who educates small humans.


There was a recent case of a suicide in a school nearby. I saw the news had reached the US and everyone was like why didn’t the teachers do anything! (It was a boarding school.) I have worked as an educator in two countries and lemme tell you, I can count with two hands the amount of teachers I’ve met that actually gaf about those kids. For the rest it’s just a paycheck. I always tell people, people don’t give a fuck about these kids. They are accessories in most cases. Hence your fucked up adults.

euraylie

2 days ago

... yup. I've probably said something similar to my therapist every second or third visit.
Research Edie Sedgwick. There was a lack of control of her own life, even after death.

Not to sound morbid, but I hope Britney's conservatorship is settled before she dies (hopefully we don't have to worry about that for 50 years!)... Edie's image is currently controlled by a lawyer. Her husband and a filmmaker fought for decades for the rights to her image, but the filmmaker finally won a couple of years ago and died a couple of months later. Now the rights to her image is controlled by the filmmaker's lawyer.
Damn, I was NOT expecting that bombshell about the Ingham connection. 😳
Very interesting. So what happened in the end to the sister and the legal and/or relationship repercussions between them?
right? i want to hear that she died a very lonely, miserable death.
well, damn.
“The doctor who testified to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in 1934 that Post should be declared incompetent was a neurologist named Samuel D. Ingham. Samuel Ingham III, who resigned as Britney Spears’ attorney after her June 23 statement to the court, confirmed to [Brown] in an email that [this] was his grandfather. 'I was aware that he did competency assessments for juvenile offenders, but was not familiar with the Post case,' he wrote“

WHAT THE FUCK IT’S A FAMILY BUSINESS?!?!?
Just like Britney Spears is a family business, don't you know.. I hate people.. ugh
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