About a quarter of the way through Chris Welles Feder's book, I came across a phrase that made me curious about Orson's legendary mother, about whom I'd already read all that's available in the bios and Welles's own Vogue magazine reminiscence (which his daughter recalls him telling her directly). So I googled "Beatrice Ives Welles," and found this:
The fact that it's reported by David Thom(p)son may make a difference, or it may not, depending on your point of view. But with these few paragraphs, he manages to stir up so many ghosts... not sure what to make of it.
Does anyone have any additional information? As the article's over a year old, it may be old news to Wellesnetters, and if it's already been dissected, refuted or tossed overboard, my apologies.