Catholic Divorce Scandal
John Waters discusses how his Catholic grandmother's divorce was seen as a scandal.
- [Henry] It began with his maternal grandparents,
Clifford and Stella Whitaker.
John knew Stella well, but Clifford was largely a mystery.
- They were divorced and it was secret, I guess.
It wasn't in our family, my mother told us.
But it was then, for a Catholic woman
to be divorced was a scandal.
And I love my grandmother.
She understood my life, even though she was straighter
and more, you know, but she still was always my supporter,
because I traveled and she was all for that.
But, but her husband, who she was divorced from,
we heard many different reasons how he died.
He died very young.
I gather he drank, I gather he was a hunter.
You know, I don't know really.
- [Henry] Records show that Clifford died
when he was just 35 years old
from carbon monoxide poisoning.
A tragic accident caused by a faulty heater in a hotel.
At the time, Clifford and Stella had been divorced
for at least two years, but it seems
that Clifford still had feelings for his former wife.
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