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Summoned to Pearl's home to give dance lessons to her younger daughters, Ted Harris became Pearl's scandalous final confident and romantic attachment. More than 40 years her junior, what began as a casual encounter between an old woman and a young man quickly escalated into a partnership that troubled many of Pearl's friends, who felt Ted was an opportunist. Pearl took on Ted as an escort, advisor, collaborator and co-author despite the fact that he had little more than grade school education and no background in any of the causes Pearl found herself deeply attached to later in life. Nevertheless, Ted was at her bedside the day Pearl died and she remained his patron and faithful friend to the end.

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