Jascha Heifetz, Famous Jewish Violinist, Marries out of Fold

Jascha Heifetz, well known Jewish violinist, was married to Mrs. Florence Vidor, a Christian, last Monday in New York City. Charles E. Kelby, former Supreme Court Justice performed the ceremony.

Mr. Heifetz said that he would stay in Hollywood where Mrs. Heifetz has several contracts to be filled, until the Fall, when he will begin a European tour. He will return to America in January to fill contracts of his own.

The former Mrs. Vidor, who divorced her husband, King Vidor, the movie director, in 1927, is the mother of Suzanne Vidor, nine years old. Mr. Heifetz is twenty-seven years old. His father, Reuben Heifetz, came to this country from Vilna, Russia, in 1927. Jascha Heifetz is generally regarded in the music world as the greatest technical master of the violin, and many regard him as the world’s greatest violinist. His career has been sensational. He was marked for greatness from childhood. Born poor in a Russian-Jewish family he became a pupil of Prof. Leopold Auer, who taught Mischa Elman, Zimbalist and other famous violinists.

His first appearance in the United States was in Carnegie Hall on the afternoon of Oct. 27, 1917, when he was sixteen. He was acclaimed immediately.

Mrs. Jascha Heifetz was born Florence Arto, the daughter of John T. and Ida. Arto at Houston, Texas, according to information furnished by the Famous-Players Lasky Corporation. Both her parents are still living in San Gabriel, California. She received her education in the public schools of Houston and at the convent of the Sacred Heart. She is not of the Jewish faith, according to Famous-Players Lasky Corporation.

The father and mother of Jascha Heifetz, who live in New York City, could not be reached yesterday as this issue went to press.

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