[PW] Query about Seon Manley and Gogo Lewis

Todd Mason foxbrick at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 4 12:51:34 PDT 2016

Thanks for the further input! And the offer of further photos (beyond those at the Eugene O'Neill site).
Yes, "Seon" and "Gogo" seem to be family nicknames they decided to use professionally. I have to wonder how double-bottomed that was...to be informal, but also to be odd and therefore to stand out from the usual run of editorial bylines...names they might've preferred, but which might also both encourage condescension from other editors (not solely the male, though perhaps primarily) and to trap anyone who'd dismiss them in the face of the good work they'd do. A means of presenting themselves as Not So Serious Nor Pompous to disarm the more confirmed misogynists, perhaps.  
Todd Masonhttps://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2016/07/fridays-forgotten-books-links-to.html

    On Monday, July 4, 2016 2:12 AM, T.F. Mills  wrote:

 On 21 Jun 2016 at 0:32, yours truly wrote:

> Janet Seon G. Manley, born 1921 in Connecticut, apparently still living.  Husband is Robert 
> R. Manley.  Lived in Bellport NY in 1990 (as did Gogo at some point), and East Patchogue in 
> 1991.  They have one child, Shivaun (apparently unmarried at age 55.)

Not living, sorry.  For the sake of the archives (which anybody can google, and we hate 
misinformation to persist -- don't we?), here is more complete information.

Janet Helen Givens was born 7 Jan 1921 in Connecticut (probably Stamford, where her 
father Webster Crane Givens was a bigshot, later mayor), died 11 Mar 2009 in Alhambra, 
Calif.  In Sep 1954 she married Robert Russell Manley Jr.  He was born 18 May 1925 in 
Waukesha, Wisc. and died 13 Mar 2013 in Indio, Calif.

This comes from standard people finder sources.  The problem is finding the right person.  
Professionally she used the pseudonym "Seon" from about 1947/48, although it might have 
been a childhood nickname.  She was raised in Manhattan by grandparents who stressed 
Scottish heritage (hence her first autobiography "My Heart is in the Heather.")  In public 
records she seems to have mostly used her real name, but it could appear as Janet H(elen) 
Manley, Janet G(ivens) Manley or Janet S(eon) Manley.

Seon was born 2 years and 4 days before her sister Mona (Gogo Lewis), and died 1 year and 
10 days after.

Daughter Shivaun Manley (born 9 July 1960) was married to Joe Hinman as of 2013, but I 
haven't worked out details .

I'll send some photos off-list when I get a chance.

T.F. Mills 
(Colorado, USA)


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