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The Frye Legacy-
a Lifetime of Accomplishment!
By Randall Reynolds
So many of Jack and Helen’s friends just couldn’t conceive why they would divorce? This was
because they were so blissfully happy and were a nationally renowned couple who were
perceived as the perfect match.
Even in early June of 1950, Helen’s stunningly beautiful gal-pal 'Bootsie' (Mrs. William
Randolph Hearst, Jr.), see Page 1944, in her nationally syndicated column, indicated that the
Frye breakup was a “mystery”. Austine added that recently the Fryes had entertained lavishly
at their Washington estate (Doubleday Mansion) but Jack was now Prez of General Aniline and
had to live in New York full-time. She acknowledged that Helen preferred the ranch as opposed
to N.Y.C., but stated that no one suspected another woman. Such naiveté by Frye friends in
D.C. to assume it wasn't another woman. Isn't it always?
When Jack Frye felt he should resign from TWA because of Howard Hughes’ mismanagement
he almost immediately took over the helm of the General Aniline and Film Corporation as
president and C.E.O. This position offered him and Helen a very good income. However, since
Jack no longer had the resources of TWA at his fingertips, his life with Helen and Sedona was
altered. As president of TWA, Jack had many offices, this with access to one of the largest
airliner fleets in the world, enabled the Fryes to live almost anywhere. It was no longer
practical for Jack to spend as much time at Smoke Trail Ranch in Sedona, certainly, he could
not live there as Helen desired.
Wealthy Millionaire Industrialist
Jack and Helen Frye were a well publicized corporate couple. Jack Frye was a dynamic
personality, the youngest airline president in aviation history and one of the most successful
businessmen in the country. From Jack’s position, as head of TWA, to his position as CEO of
General Aniline and Film Corporation (G.A.F.) Ansco Film Corporation and General Dyestuff
(Kodak’s only world rival), he was 'the man with the golden touch' and every company he
managed prospered. Jack’s G.A.F. office was at 230 Park Avenue in the (Vanderbilt) New York
Central Railroad Building (built in 1928). The property was later owned by Leona Helmsley and
recently renovated. Jack Frye was picked up and driven to work everyday in a company limo.
The Opulent World of Frye- Virtually Unknown To Sedona Locals
Frye's position entailed a lot of entertaining and mixing in social settings. Overwhelmingly so
for Helen and Jack, thus creating an atmosphere in their marriage that limited privacy and
"time alone". The Fryes lived in Manhattan and enjoyed a well-deserved lavish lifestyle. Jack
Frye's salary was reported to be 65,000 thousand a year in 1947, and by 1948, it increased to
97,000 thousand a year- plus a $30,000 a year expense account. This was 4-times his salary at
TWA. If you think this was excessive for 1948, keep in mind, that after Jack took over G.A.F.
on July 1, 1947, profits increased by 50 percent the first year alone and for the next 8 years
Jack turned the struggling corporation into one of the most successful enterprises in the
country. GAF was the only competitor of Kodak at the time, producing all manner of film and
related equipment as in Agfa-ANSCO, not to mention Hollywood celluloid for blockbuster films.
The Fryes spent as much time at Sedona as they could (more so Helen) but were forced to be in
New York City a majority of the time. This is the high society social whirl Helen despised.
The Third Wheel
As often is the case, Jack and Helen’s marriage itself was sound, with perhaps, some minor
issues, but nothing that could not be worked out. It takes three to break up a marriage or so
Hollywood movies seem to infer. The demise of Jack and Helen’s marriage was no different.
The third party could easily have been the model for either of the two Hollywood vehicles: “How
To Marry a Millionaire” Marilyn Monroe (1953), or perhaps more darkly “The Women” Joan
Crawford (1939). The third wheel? A first-class 28-year-old New York Showgirl (Helen Frye
referred to her as a stripper) who by 1950 had been married 4 times! O.K., O.K., so she just had
a hard time finding the right man? But what about her statement to the press that she was
looking for a millionaire? Helen Frye’s husband ended up being the millionaire she had hunted
and snared. Nevada’s sentiments were displayed in a 1954 Walter Winchell Column in N.Y.C.
newspapers. No doubt it left Helen Frye fuming and seeing red after her Park Avenue
girlfriends sent her a copy of the rather detailed and lengthy piece by guest author Lee
Mortimer, who knew Nevada personally.
Helen was a lady and I emphasize a "lady" in every sense of the word. She was the perfect
social companion for Jack Frye, complementing his image in the best possible way. Jack and
Helen were "Mr. and Mrs. TWA" during the time they were married. Their marriage lasted
nearly 10 years- pretty remarkable for the jet-set-crowd (or should I say prop-set-crowd) they
mixed with. They did not socialize in an environment where people stayed together for the rest
of their lives. This perhaps, is unfortunate, but it is the times in which they lived. In the movie
“The Women”, Jack and Helen’s era is portrayed and the circumstances put forth in this movie
are vaguely similar to Jack and Helen's whirlwind life. Of course Helen would be associated
with Mary Haines. During this time frame a “modern marriage” was an open marriage with the
“trust” that the partner would always come back “home”.
What About The Man?
Jack was 46 in 1950, and full of charm. He was never short on friends or women who adored
him. Even Frye friend, Terry Moore, from Howard Hughes fame once stated to Jack’s daughter,
to paraphrase, “she liked Jack so much that if Helen hadn’t had him under lock-down, she
would have gone after him”. Such was Jack’s lot in life, the woman adored him, and his money
gave him a certain sparkle that the ladies noticed. Jack Frye was a charismatic 6 foot 2 Texan
with a million-dollar-smile who loved beautiful women. Can we detect a vulnerability here?
Now we bring into the equation another element, Jack was quite a popular commodity. He was
wined and dined by some of the most affluent and successful people in the world. This was
inescapable for a man in his position. He was, as well, chased after by beautiful women,
something that did not escape Helen's attention. Jack himself had an eye for glamorous and
lovely women, so he was not entirely innocent himself. Helen dealt with it all like a lady in the
best way she could. Helen, on the other hand, was a deep and spiritually aware person and not
in the traditional religious way, mind you. She was deeply reflective and valued the inner peace
that our creator bestows within us all. She found Sedona to be a conducive environment for her
own inner-self. Jack also found Sedona to be an escape from his hectic life, restorative, and
healing. He was happiest when he was at Smoke Trail Ranch, far away from the pressures of his
career. He loved the Red Rock Country; however, his life was not his own to enjoy. He owed all
of his time to his TWA shareholders, and later Aniline Film Corporation. Jack Frye lived his
life caught up in a never ending whirlwind of engagements and corporate responsibilities. His
times at the Frye Ranch at Sedona were often measured in stolen moments- limited blocks of
time that were not easily arranged.
Why Wasn’t Helen Minding the Store or Rather Her Man?
Well, it was no secret to Frye intimates that Helen was burned out on the social corporate whirl.
She would escape to Sedona whenever she could to recharge to commune in the sun with
nature. Jack too, would fly out whenever he could arrange a block of time. But after 1947, he
no longer had the luxury of TWA at his fingertips with its fleet of planes. His life was relegated
to lording over his spacious Park Avenue office, not flying to and fro, attending TWA business
meetings around the nation. He was expected to wine and dine corporate clients and entertain
constantly, and this he did dutifully, in Hollywood and N.Y.C. This obligation extended to his
wife, the former Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., who everyone always wanted to meet and visit
with. Helen was the consummate hostess, she could sweet-talk the women and charm the men.
Jack loved having her at his side, she was a corporate leader's greatest asset!
But after Jack left TWA Helen increasingly became less fond of shallow cocktail affairs in
Washington, at the Mayflower, and in N.Y.C., at nightclubs like the 21 Club. She left her big
handsome rich Texan to his own devices. Big mistake, one would surmise! Now, any woman will
tell you that you don’t leave a millionaire husband with the attributes of Jack Frye to be
escorted to dinners and parties by women with money on their minds, and or, marriage! In
those last few years, were there other women or what might be termed regulars in Jack's life?
Yes, Helen, being a modern-thinking woman of the late 1940’s, had no problem with that
because she knew Jack loved her and would be lonely in Manhattan solo. Helen underestimated
the female animal though, and she never dreamed one of those sparkling women wanted
anything more than an evening’s entertainment at her husband’s side.
More to the Story
In the meantime, when Helen was not entertaining for TWA or GAF, managing their numerous
properties and dealing with all the other aspects of their hectic lives, she would try to get out to
Arizona to their ranch for rejuvenation and reflection. She longed for Jack to share those times
with her and he yearned to, as well, but life is often times, rather unfair. Helen came to resent
the times she had to sacrifice her every need, giving up her privacy and intimacy with her
husband. Playing the role of the president's wife was trying for her, even though she played the
role flawlessly, never complaining or faltering.
However, did Helen Frye perhaps make a choice to spend times in Sedona when she could have
been at Jack's side in New York? One will never know for sure, but one knows to hold on to a
man, one must never leave him to empty hotel rooms or to be escorted to parties by strange
women with motives that would not benefit his (out of the state) wife. It was on one of these
occasions when Jack was in New York, he was at a nightclub having dinner, when he met the
most entrancing creature. She was a stunning dish with looks like Rita Hayworth, a Broadway
actress and hoofer. Unfortunately, the dye was cast at that moment and Jack and Helen's life
path together was nearing a fork in the road.
Emily Nevada Smith was no stranger to Jack, having dated him occasionally for a several years.
Helen had to have heard about her, right? But Jack had other women too, who would escort him
to parties and events when Helen was absent. However, a 28-year old gorgeous showgirl who was
famous and a 'diamond’s best friend', well, Jack evidently didn’t stand a snowballs chance in
hell of not having a meltdown!
Born in Reno Nevada, this tall shapely redhead had a legion of men chasing her from coast to
coast. She had only to snap her fingers and open her jewelry chest and diamond encrusted
goodies would pile up faster than coins exiting a slot machine. One of Jack’s entry donations to
the “cache” was a 117 carat Argentine Tourmaline (at the time the most perfect such stone
mined in that country in over 500 years). Later, Frye offered a $40,000 diamond bracelet (no
that isn't a typo) 40G's Baby! This all crowned by a 10-carat diamond (engagement) ring for a
wedding gift Christmas of 1950- presented to her at a swanky New York City night club. The
documentation of the above jewelry was researched through press and media reports.
Early on in life, this dame knew she had one attribute: her looks, and she knew how to use
them. She started out at the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and ended
up at Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe in New York City. She even secured a part as a (you
guessed it) 'saloon girl' in the famous movie “The Harvey Girls”. You know, those nasty back
stabbing bitches with their ringleader, Angela Lansbury, who gave Judy Garland such fits?
In real life, Nevada was no second fiddle, she was one of the best in her field, knew everyone,
was mob connected (or so it was rumored), and managed to get her name in the columns on a
regular basis. Oh, by the way, Ethel Merman was one of her best-est gal-pals.
Dorothy Kilagallen, who circulated with everyone in New York and Hollywood mentioned
Nevada several times. In 1951 she stated that Nevada was recently one of Broadway’s most
beautiful bodies but was now all “covered up” as the elegant Mrs. Jack Frye and that Nevada
now dines at the "Singapore with monogrammed chopsticks”. I have had no luck documenting
the Singapore, but possibly it was in Chinatown (NYC) at 69 Mott Street.
Another interesting tidbit, which appeared in nationwide columns (December 1950) was fairly
typical of the 28-year old flamboyant Nevada Smith. The article revealed Nevada was so
enthralled with her new hair-do, a coiffed up iridescent silver, that she ordered her favorite hair
stylist to tint her beloved jet-black poodle named "Meatball" the same matching color. Highbrow
New Yorkers couldn't miss this showgirl decked out in furs and heals, glittering in diamonds,
strolling down Broadway with her pooch Meatball leading the way. What is not mentioned is the
same woman became Mrs. Jack Frye on July 21, 1950. Yes, I'd say Jack had his hands full.
In my initial research I fell for the common 'age error' of show people. Yes, even though the
press reported Nevada was much younger than she was (24 in 1950) she was actually older by 4
years. Either she lied about her age to the press or they got it wrong. Likely, it was a little of
Helen, at first, was totally oblivious to this younger woman. Later, as things turned out, it’s
obvious she found she couldn't compete with this new "stranger" who had intruded into their
lives. After all, Helen was 42, the dame was 28, let's be real! In her heart of hearts, one must
assume Helen felt it was perhaps best to just “give Jack up”. Let him live out his mid-life crisis
or whatever it was. She and Jack would always love each other, this she knew, just not in the
same way. Helen knew, “to really love someone you must know when to set them free” and she
must do so with Jack.
Jack was increasingly lonely in New York City, he and Helen’s “arrangement” was not
working. In early 1950 he begged Helen to move out to the Big Apple and take her place at his
side in Manhattan. His promise was a life fit for a queen and all the shopping she could muster.
(Oh yes, Helen liked to shop, doesn't any girl?) But Helen held firm. As she later stated to the
press, which descended on Sedona after the divorce, “I guess you could say, I gave up my
husband for the ranch.” Helen had no idea that when Jack returned to New York the last time
he would soon after file for divorce and quickly remarry.
Jack felt he had no choice, he had tried to convince Helen to give up the isolation of Sedona and
reside in N.Y.C. --permanently, by his side. With a heavy heart he flew back east. He and Helen
had continued to try to manage several ranches and 3 homes but it was very costly and time
consuming. Would it be a stretch to say that Howard Hughes (three years earlier) destroyed
Jack's career with TWA and Jack and Helen's marriage as well? I think not. Let's call it the
cascade effect, an influence Howard had on every human life he encountered.
Back then there were no "community property" laws like there are today. However, Jack was
an honorable man, he loved Helen and wanted to make sure she was well taken care of. She
would not be abandoned, at least, not financially. Of course, Helen desired the Sedona Ranch.
The other properties she and Jack shared were just not "home" to her. The ranch though, was
different, it was her and Jack's dream- their utopia. This, understandably tore Jack apart, as he
loved Smoke Trail Ranch, and Sedona too. He knew that if he let Helen have it he would likely
never set foot on it again. So painfully, he gave her the one consolation he could offer her, even
though in his heart he knew she really wanted (him and the ranch).
Helen was torn, understandably so. She adored Jack and loved him as she had loved no other
man. But she loved Sedona too, she loved their ranch. It was in the red rock country that she
wanted to spend the rest of her life (with Jack). There was no money in Sedona and Jack and
Helen lived a very opulent life, this income would not be adequately derived from the red rock
country. Helen was not ready to move back to the glamour and harried life of entertaining in
New York City. Helen was about to make the biggest mistake of her life, set her soul-mate free.
The Divorce as Seen in Papers Nationwide
Jack Frye appeared at the Yavapai Superior Court, in Prescott (June 26, 1950) with his attorney
George Hill. Mrs. Frye did not show. The honorable Judge Renz Jennings granted the divorce,
after Jack testified that his wife, a resident of the Oak Creek Canyon resort area, preferred to
live in Arizona, while his business forced him to spend much of his time in the east.
Spoils of a Poker Move
Jack got more than he bargained for in New York City with Nevada Smith but in the end the
consolation prize was a beautiful daughter. So likely, he felt his last marriage was worth
abandoning his then wife, the former Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., of 10-yrs., to the wilds of
Sedona, with nothing but a hefty monthly alimony check to sustain her, and a closet full of
mink coats for warmth. The divorce was finalized and they were both free to move on with their
lives, tragically though, without each other. Both would regret it for the rest of their lives.
Helen Frye- Left Behind
After June 26, 1950 Helen Varner Vanderbilt Frye was all alone. Jack was gone, and to add
insult to injury, he was gone with a 28-year-old woman which he married almost immediately,
July 21, 1950. A poker game played out and a marriage destroyed. Helen was left with the ranch
and the incomplete House of Apache Fires at Sedona. The latter being a pretty hard place to
start over with a broken heart. Sedona has a way of reflecting your energies back to you ten-
Courthouse Files: the Cold Hard Facts
The Jack Frye versus Helen V. Frye divorce decree, on public file at Yavapai County Court
House, reveals Jack was extremely generous with Helen, as was his nature his entire life. Their
decree specifies, and I quote, "a 50-50 property settlement".
Jack gave Helen the "Oak Creek" property as defined in the divorce decree. Helen was also to
receive an additional 160 acres of property adjoining Smoke Trail Ranch called the "Cliff Site".
This parcel was pending a Forest Service land trade with her and Jack's Sunshine Ranch in
Sunshine, Arizona. This ranch is now called the "Red Gap Ranch", 40 miles east of Flagstaff,
near Meteor City. Jack was to pay all expenses when the trade was finalized. The parcel was on
the north side of Smoke Trail Ranch. Helen was to transport two head of cattle to their Spring
Valley ranch which Jack retained. Upon delivery, Jack was to pay her the fair market value of
$450.00 for the cattle. Helen was given 1/2 interest in all mineral rights at Sunshine Ranch.
This included legal access to the "Sunshine Ranch" in order to continue to remove flagstone for
the ongoing construction of the Apache Fires house at Sedona. There was yet another Frye
ranch near Spring Valley, up toward the Grand Canyon, below Valle Arizona, and above Parks.
Newspapers articles stated in error that the former Mrs. Vanderbilt received the Smoke Trail
Ranch (and) 2 other Arizona ranch properties as well.
It's obvious Jack was trying to make it easy for Helen to complete the House of Apache Fires.
Also specified in the decree was the amount of Helen's alimony, which was VERY generous at
$1200.00 a month for 4 years, not to forget 10 percent of Jack's salary and dividends until
Helen remarried. If Helen ever desired to sell, Jack had the option to buy back the "House of
Apache Fires" within 10 days. It was not clear if this meant the entire ranch. Jack was to pay
Helen an equal amount to whatever offer she might consider. This reference makes it clear how
grieved Jack was having to let his dream house and ranch go and his desire to buy it back.
The other details aren't important; however, the painting exchange is. Helen retained a Leigh
painting, namely William Robinson Leigh, the famous Southwestern artist. The painting is
detailed on Page 1947. Jack retained the Mountfort portrait(s) executed by the famous
European Hollywood portrait artist, Arnold G. Mountfort. One of these is the same portrait of
Helen, that at one time hung in Jack's Washington D.C. office, as seen in a 1945 Fortune
Magazine article. The second portrait was of Helen too. There was rumor that there was a
portrait of Jack also (now lost). If Jack remarried he was to return the portraits. (Helen
eventually received the portraits, as Jack did remarry, almost immediately).
It is clear, in perusing the 20-pages or so property settlement, that Jack tried to be as gracious
and fair as he could. Helen was certainly not left penniless. One must assume she also had her
own personal holdings from her marriage to Vanderbilt. The only flaw in Helen's desire to
retain Smoke Trail Ranch was thus- the ranch was not profitable. Jack was always concerned
that the Smoke Trail Ranch did not pay for itself and produce revenue. He worried about
Helen’s decision but Helen Frye was stubborn and was not going to give up the ranch, and her
man, too. The ranch was always a money-pit for Jack Frye. A very scenic and valuable property
but a financial drain. Jack tried to keep cattle and hogs on the ranch but it was detrimental to
the terrain and not productive. The property was just no good as a working ranch. All of Jack's
other ranches in Arizona and Texas were profitable.
Helen, without the monetary strength of her millionaire husband ended up “land rich and cash
poor”. This was a dilemma for Helen, for many years, until she realized that the land's value
was in its careful development. Eventually, Sedona boomed in the 1970’s, and only then, did
Mrs. Frye reap the full potential of her and Jack's divorce settlement- millions upon millions of
dollars! It must be noted that if the ranch had been kept entirely intact all through the years it
would now be worth as much as 300 million dollars. After the divorce, (Frye intimates have told
me) that Jack Frye quietly asked he and Helen's closest friends to “watch over Helen- to not let
her be too isolated in Sedona.” He was worried about her, they said, and he still cared.
The reason for the divorce? Per newspapers, it was "cruelty", a generally overused legal-term.
Such grounds usually have nothing to do with the real reason a divorce is granted. According to
the official divorce decree; however, the reason was, and I quote, "certain unfortunate unhappy
conditions arising in their marital relations". This is much closer to the truth. So what was the
real reason they divorced? All the following is documented through interviews with Helen and
Jack's most intimate friends-
Jack and Helen grew apart, this is true. Jack's work kept him and Helen apart for months at a
time. There was also another woman at the end. However, there was another element. Jack and
Helen both wanted Jack to have an heir. What? Yes, Jack wanted very badly to have a child and
heir, Helen also wanted this for him deeply. She believed because he came from such a staunch
pioneer Texas cattle ranching family, and in regard to his aviation legacy, he needed to pass this
remarkable heritage on to his own flesh and blood. Helen, tragically, could not give him a child.
One Frye intimate states she and Jack tried three times to have a child but each time Helen
miscarried on the third month. One of these pregnancies is documented. As a child, Helen
contracted undulant fever, this was said to be a reason. Another reason, Helen once stated was
complications with an earlier pregnancy. Even so, Helen loved children and yearned for Jack to
have a child of his own blood. This, is exactly, and for no other reason why they did not adopt.
According to two of Jack and Helen's most intimate friends, this is one of the reasons Helen
felt she should let Jack go. She thought it was more fair to him to be with a woman that could
perhaps give him an heir.
So you see the divorce was heart wrenching, to say the least, more devastating to both of these
two lovers than anyone could possibly comprehend. Jack and Helen parted, he married a
younger woman, and shortly, a child and heir was born. Helen was happy for that, and her hope
that Jack would gain an heir was accomplished. Bittersweet victory, but at what cost, one might
To Helen, love meant sacrificing her own needs for the needs of Jack. A companion for his
lonely nights in New York, and a child to carry on his proud name. Helen Frye was a rare and
remarkable woman, such a beautiful and selfless act, generous and empathetic. She and Jack
shared a love that went deeper than most, this is apparent, a marriage that was way ahead of its
A very sad ending to a glamorous romance and exciting life together. Their TWA years were
nothing short of enchanting, truly the "Camelot years of TWA". Jack Frye was the man Helen
Frye would later say was the “true love” of her life. Two people walk away from a shattered
dream but their love remained. A promise of companionship and commitment had ended.... ah
such is love.... such is love.…!
After 1950, Helen spent many a day wandering the wings of her and Jack's nearly completed
dream home, desperately trying to feel Jack's presence. The solace she was seeking was not to
be found, though, as the red rock walls merely reflected her soft crying. The house was empty
without Jack, a monument to what could have been, it had no heart or soul. The House of
Apache Fires meant nothing to her without her beloved man. Helen knew, she would never
marry again, sometimes a woman knows well what she has lost. She would live out the rest of
her life with only her memories as "Mrs. Jack Frye". No man would ever replace him, no man
could possibly fill his shoes. For the next 29 years of her life, Helen Varner Vanderbilt Frye
would speak in anguished tones and misty eyes about the man who she always stated was her
soul mate. However, Helen was not always alone in those ensuing years, she was even engaged
to movie star Tyrone Power (an old Frye friend) who was spending a significant amount of time
at the Frye Ranch in the mid 1950’s. See Page 1953.
How to move on.... where to start? There was not much to Sedona in 1950, the ranch was
extremely isolated. Helen's new life was quite different than what she was used to, her little
hiatus (from NYC) became a permanent affair. Her goal was to pull herself together and find
some purpose other than Mrs. Jack Frye. Now there was time to walk and ride the many acres
of the beauty that was the Frye Ranch. No more rushed flights to New York or Los Angeles. It
was a time of reflection- therapeutic. It eventually enabled her to cultivate an inner yearning....
as Helen was searching for something to fill her empty heart- Helen was searching for spiritual
truths and secrets that could not be found in the corruption of man's churches.
Addendum- Soul Mates
Was this really the end? Thankfully not! By 1957, a few years before Jack tragically died, his
relationship with Helen was rumored to have rekindled. Jack’s romance with his new wife
Nevada Smith had long since cooled. He found himself in the Red Rock Country, the land he
loved, and at Smoke Trail Ranch, with Helen the woman he still adored.
Their love had a chance, renewing a companionship they once shared. A monumental imprint of
history shared that was phenomenal. Helen welcomed him and his beautiful new daughter and
they discussed what future they might share together. However, Helen had an ultimatum, she
demanded Jack finalize his divorce first. This was not so easy, and Jack found that he had
accumulated so much wealth, the divorce process with a former show girl would be sticky at
best. He made arrangements for his father in Texas to isolate his young daughter at the Texas
Frye Ranch during what Jack knew would be a nasty breakup (knowing his wife Nevada). This
information (per Jack's late sister Sunny Frye) who knew only too well the details of this rocky
Unfortunately, Helen again learned life can be so unfair, as fate intervened and Jack was killed
by a drunk driver at Tucson, before they could consummate a re-marriage. Jack was snatched
away from Helen, seemingly, forever. With unfathomable heartbreak, Helen Frye was left all
alone and inconsolable for the second time, unbelievable! It was over until they could meet
again, perhaps in death, or as Helen firmly believed, in another life, again, as soul-mates.
The next difficult challenge for Helen was another stalker, not fate this time, but a cult that
stalked wealthy widows and divorcees and an accomplished con-artist. Helen Frye was slated for
target and victim. Do I hear the theme song of the TV Show "Unsolved Mysteries"?
Millionaire Industrialist Jack Frye Seeks Divorce
Helen Frye Interviewed in Sedona
May 31, 1950 Source-media
Mrs. Helen Frye, wife of New York CEO Jack Frye, was interviewed about the news that her
husband had filed suit for divorce yesterday in New York City. Mr. Frye is the president and
CEO of the international firm, General Aniline and Film Corporation.
Mrs. Frye, formerly Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., has been directing the operation of her and
her husband’s Smoke Trail Ranch in Oak Creek, this, just one of three Arizona Ranches the
Fryes own together. The attractive petite brunette likes to be involved in the day to day
activities of the ranch but, as she stated with a laugh, “I only wrangle cows when there’s a
shortage of cowboys.” (On a view knoll over Oak Creek the Fryes recently built the Apache
The Smoke Trail Ranch, 8-miles south of Sedona, has been operated by the Fryes since 1941
and Mrs. Frye is currently overseeing a project breeding cattle strains of Brahma, Afrikander,
and Short Horn, with the end result being a Santa Gertrudis blend.
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