Doris Manning (plaintiff) sued Elias Loew (defendant) for breach of contract. In pleadings, Manning alleged that Loew promised to secure a screen test or produce a movie in which Manning would star in exchange for Manning’s promise to “devote herself at all times required by [Loew] to the companionship and service of [Loew] and to accompany him to such places as he should designate.” At trial, Manning testified that Loew asked Manning to “be like a daughter to him.” Manning spent time at Loew’s home and went on various trips and outings. Manning admitted to having a sexual relationship with Loew. Manning also admitted to having a relationship with another man without Loew’s knowledge. After Manning had acted as Loew’s companion for some time, Loew ended the arrangement and told Manning that he did not intend to honor the agreement. The trial court directed a verdict in favor of Loew. Manning took exception and appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.