From Grace Kingsley’s “Hobnobbing in Hollywood” column in the Times, July 12: 1934:

Pertinent and Impertinent

Ted Healy once owned a lioness which he took about to parties with him. One night he brought the animal into a taxi, wrapped up in a big blanket. When Ted reach home the driver asked him if he had any money. “No, but maybe my companion has,” answered Ted. The taxi driver looked inside, the lion poked its head out — and the driver fled.