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When he wasn’t inserting himself in Kit’s endeavors, Melvin spent time with Bette either at the West Hollywood house overseeing the final renovations or at the new gallery. Bette always suspected that her father knew more about art than he let on. How could he not considering he’d been married to a renowned artist? He accompanied her to various artists’ studios in search of the next emerging artists to be considered for showings.
He enjoyed the outings, but Bette’s separation from the CAC was never far from his mind. His concern being undue legal troubles that she might encounter. Bette assured her father that when she confronted Franklin and if needed the entire CAC board of directors, she would convince them to buy out her contract and oust Helena Peabody unless they wanted a very public lawsuit on their hands. Melvin was still a bit nervous about this ordeal, but he trusted his daughter’s business savvy. Bette was every bit as street smart in business as Kit, but also had her ivy league education with a master’s degree in business and a skilled lawyer to fortify her mission.
Nonetheless Melvin asked for a meeting with the lawyer to review the contract and the strategy, after which he was satisfied that the claim was airtight. He’d had a bad feeling about Helena Peabody when he’d overheard the break-up argument outside the restrooms between her and Tina the night of the awards dinner but learning she was also the board member with a personal vendetta against Bette causing all the acrimony between his daughter and her employer made him realize that this woman could be dangerous to the well-being of his family. This did not sit well with the old man. He repeated the promise he’d made to Kit that night. If Helena tried to make trouble, she would soon find out that a united Kennard-Porter family was a formidable opponent.
Reconnecting with his daughter’s had brought real joy to Melvin’s life but getting to know his daughter-in law warmed his heart. Tina had been a very successful Studio Executive but making a lot of money in the fantasy world of movie-making wasn’t her passion. Her philanthropy in the non-profit arena is really where she stood out, and Melvin recognized a kindred spirit.