When Gladys married Frank Chapman, he was recently divorced
and had a young daughter Patricia. He kept her away from
the spot light as much as possible, but she does show up
in a few pictures.
Irvin S. Cobb's 19-year-old granddaughter, Patricia Chapman,
broke into the movies as a harem queen. For career purposes
she had changed her last name to Cobb, her first to Buff,
and was practically down to it. Time Magazine, Dec. 17,
1945 Intake & Outgo
Married. Buff Cobb, 20, cinemactress granddaughter of
Humorist Irvin Cobb; and Cinemactor William Eythe, 29; she
for the second time, he for the first; in Manhattan. Time
Magazine, Jun 9, 1947
Actress Buff Cobb, 21, granddaughter of the late Humorist
Irvin S. Cobb, sued her second husband for divorce after
seven months of marriage. She said that the husband, Actor
William Eythe, had hit her a couple of times last fall.
Two days later, in a seesawing mood, she called the whole
thing off. Time Magazine, Jan. 19, 1948
Buff Cobb was born in Florence, Italy where her mother
was writing a novel while her father sang opera.
She is the granddaughter of Irvin S. Cobb, a successful
author Patrizia Cobb
First Husband was Gregson Bautzer (? - ?) (divorced) after
Second Husband was William Eythe (1947 - 1948) (divorced)
Third Husband was Mike Wallace (1949 - 1954) (divorced)
(Yes, that Mike Wallace!)
Buff Cobb was in Chicago when Mike Wallace got out of the
Navy in '46. She was playing with Tallulah Bankhead in a
play called Private Lives at the time. He interviewed her
for his radio show. She was an actress and a glamorous figure.
Mike taught her how to do interviewing, and they did a husband
and wife broadcast on radio on NBC in Chicago. CBS recruited
them to come to New York and do the show on television.
It was 5 days a week in the afternoons and broadcast in
color as an early color experiment. Later Pepsi sponsored
it on Saturday nights. Many figures were interviewed including
Micky Spillane and Harry Belafonte.
In August 1952, the Mike and Buff Show on CBS-TV was the
first to carry a program on the new Revised Standard Version
of the Bible. L to R: Mike Wallace and Buff Cobb, Bible
scholar Dr. Herbert May, and actor John Loder. National
Council of Churches web site.
Actress - filmography
1. Anna and the King of Siam (1946) (uncredited) .... Wife
2. Easter Parade of Stars Auto Show (1954) (TV) .... Herself
3. "Masquerade Party" (1952) TV Series .... Herself/panelist
4. "Mike and Buff" (1951) TV Series .... Herself with Husband
5. "All Around the Town" (1951) TV Series .... Herself -
with Husband Mike Wallace
She passed away on July 12, 2010 at the age of 82 in Lebanon,