Through 1941, Bari would also be landing supporting parts in ‘A’ pictures at Fox, usually enacting “the other woman.” The cinematic avalanche by which Lynn was consumed honed her skills as an actress and earned her a loyal fan following—and, in 1942, her studio promoted her to leading-lady assignments in ‘A’ films.
Lynn was on the brink of becoming a superstar in 1942. It was then, however, that her personal problems began to overwhelm her. Bari became agitated as she continued to struggle with her mother’s alcoholism and her disillusionment over her marriage to Walter Kane—whom she had to come to regard as a most unstable individual.
Lynn’s situation deteriorated after she divorced Kane and wed the notorious Sid Luft, who eventually became Judy Garland’s third husband. Bari had looked to Luft to energize her career, but he soon proved to be her undoing at Fox.
Under unsettling circumstances, Lynn and Fox parted ways in 1947. Bari’s fourteen-year association with the studio had resulted in one of the most comprehensive acting careers in film history. Her credits for Fox were untold and she represented the best of what her company offered on the acting end. Beautiful, she was also attractive in that intangible way that spells screen charisma. Lynn’s assets were many, indeed, and she had what it took to become a major movie star. But she didn’t—and Foxy Lady reveals, in Bari’s own words, the many reasons behind her stalled career.
Lynn and Sid Luft’s marriage was a stormy one, coming to an end in 1951. Divorce, though, didn’t put a finish to Bari’s troubles with her ex. The two went on to do battle over child support and custody, their conflicts producing tabloid headlines throughout the 1950s.
Foxy Lady, The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari