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Hadley Meares

Lucy and then-husband John Bradbury made the papers when they were reunited after Lucy was jailed for adultery.; Credit: Chicago Tribune archive

This Free-Spirited L.A. Heiress Was the Original Tabloid Celeb

In July 1897, Lucy Banning Bradbury, a deceptively angelic blonde beauty, sat in a private room at Marchand’s, then the most fashionable restaurant in San Francisco. “Mrs. Bradbury was enjoying a gilt-topped bottle of wine with an old friend who had interested himself in her welfare,” ......