"Just a word to tell you that I am coming to Boston next week, on a tour arranged by my dear friends and hosts in this country Mr & Mrs Doubleday. I will let you know when the dates are fixed. But it is certain that we will see each other before long." Willard spent her childhood in Cincinnati, her teenage years in England, and completed her theatrical training in France. She returned in America in 1921, and Conrad was intrigued by the thought of her playing Lena in Victory.