In 1941, Salinger fell in love with the beautiful and sophisticated Oona O’Neill, the daughter of the famous playwright Eugene O’Neill (pictured with William Saroyan at top). They dated, and after Salinger entered the army in 1942, it is said that he wrote her voluminous letters on a daily basis. Oona’s influence on Salinger’s writings of this period can only be imagined. While J.D. was stationed… in Georgia, Oona married Charlie Chaplin. Salinger was devastated. As a result, he detested Chaplin severely, calling him "an old prostate gland" and tainting his view of Chaplin’s profession. If this reaction sounds harsh, it pales in comparison to the reaction of Eugene O’Neill, who never spoke to his daughter again.