But the tipping point came when Henry asked for a divorce, after becoming romantically involved with 20-year-old Susan Blanchard. The news proved too much for Frances to bear. She had a nervous breakdown as a result and ended up in a psychiatric hospital.
Tragically, she was never to recover. No longer able to cope with the sadness that filled her heart, Frances took her own life in 1950 at the age of 42. She slit her throat from ear to ear with a razor in the bathroom of the hospital that she was staying in.