Portrait in Four-Part Harmony


From left to right: Jenée, Alice, Maggie, Bubbles

Jenée, 87, the quiet sister whose marriage to the son of the vice president of the most populous country in the world spelled the end of the quartet and thrust her into the turbulence of China in revolution.

Alice, 91, the oldest sister, family chronicler, conciliator and keeper of the theatrical flame.

Maggie, 89, the tomboy, individualist, spokesperson and practical sister.

Bubbles, eightysomething, the youngest sister, the lead singer who evaded the child labor law to appear on Broadway at the age of fifteen but who fell victim to California’s miscegenation laws when she wanted to marry a Caucasian.