Beth Lea Clardy was born Jan.21, 1919 in Fort Worth to Eugene Scott and Hazel Ward Lea. She attended Polytechnic High School and graduated as Spring Class Valedictorian in 1936. She studied Education and Painting at TCU under Samuel Ziegler, and graduated in 1940. During her college years, she spent summers working as one of the "Tall Texas Beauties" showgirls at Billy Rose's Casa Manana Theatre for the four summer seasons that it existed.
After graduating from TCU, Clardy was awarded a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This was arranged in large part by her teacher and mentor, Samuel P. Ziegler, head of the Art Department at Texas Christian University and himself a graduate of the Pennsyl
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