On This Day

Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1939

Famous Weddings

Frank Sinatra

Feb 4 American singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato (21) at Our Lady of Sorrows catholic church in Jersey City, New Jersey; divorce in 1951

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Mar 16 Princess Fawzia of Egypt (17) marries the Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (19)

Clark Gable

Mar 29 "Gone With The Wind" actor Clark Gable (37) weds actress Carole Lombard (30) at the rectory of Saint John's Methodist Episcopal Church in Kingman, Arizona

Jacqueline Susann

Apr 2 Author Jacqueline Susann (20) weds Irving Mansfield at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Apr 22 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (29) weds supermarket magnate Huntington Hartford's former wife Mary Lee Hartford

Menachem Begin

May 29 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (25) weds Aliza Arnold

Jonas Salk

Jun 9 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (24) weds social worker Donna Lindsay

Maureen O'Hara

Jun 13 Actress Maureen O'Hara (19) secretly marries film producer George H. Brown in Harrow, England, before leaving for Hollywood (annulled 1941)

  • Jul 2 Syndicated columnist Ann Landers (21) weds business executive Julius Lederer

Marshall McLuhan

Aug 4 Philosopher of communication theory Marshall McLuhan (28) weds teacher and aspiring actress Corinne Lewis (27)

Janet Gaynor

Aug 14 "A Star Is Born" actress Janet Gaynor (32) weds MGM costume designer Adrian (36)

Joan Fontaine

Aug 20 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (21) weds actor Brian Aherne (37); divorce in 1945

William Golding

Sep 30 Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding (28) weds analytic chemist Ann Brookfield

Phyllis Diller

Nov 4 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (22) weds inspector Sherwood Diller in Covington, Kentucky

Joe DiMaggio

Nov 19 Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio (24) weds "Freshies" actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco


Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Oct 11 Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage