"WE'RE HAVING A BABY"
"The stage was his medium." --Natalie Cantor Clary
Cantor appeared unconcerned about his sudden and forced exit from the airwaves. Deep inside, he fought to keep his fears in check, to keep the demons from "doing something to him" that would destroy what remained of his still viable career. For the most part, he succeeded.
Eddie's unflappable demeanor was born, in part, of the old actor's belief that the time to put one's best foot forward and deny life's problems is when things are at their worst. Also, he believed that he was in the right -- a political show biz martyr in the fight against right-wing religious bigots such as Father Coughlin and the Nazi hordes who were their (welcome or not) allies. He had been careful not to worry his four younger daughters when the market crashed ten years before. Now his confident manner was displayed, not just for them, but for the public. Commiserating with a country that had been through the worst market plunge in history was one thing. A major star's having what amounted to "sponsor trouble" was another. Eddie's answer was to totally ignore not having his own radio show-- in public and at home.
In contrast, Margie worried, seeming to carry the burden of every negative thought so that her father could remain the same seemingly optimistic "Apostle of Pep" he had been as far back as she could remember.
If her sisters complained about the food at any meal, Margie would explain that they had to cut down on expenses. She -- they -- the entire household had to pitch in during what she saw as a true crisis. In fact, the family finances were in good shape thanks to Eddie's mammoth (by the standards of the '30s) earnings since the 1929 crash. But Margie's fierce devotion to her father would not let her find peace. She seemed, in fact,