4. James Garner opened her eyes.
As Warren recalls it, her first glimpse that there was a larger world beyond the wheat fields of Oklahoma came from an unlikely source—the actor James Garner. Then the star of the hit TV western “Maverick,’’ Garner had attended Warren’s elementary school. His return visit in the late 1950s was nothing short of a revelation. The biggest heartthrob on television was coming back. “I realized there were possibilities in this world,’’ she said. “You could get from here to there.’’