On This Day

Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1946

Famous Weddings

John Wayne

Jan 17 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur (25) in Long Beach, California

Jackie Robinson

Feb 10 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum

Hank Greenberg

Feb 18 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (35) weds heiress Caral Gimbel in Sea Island, Georgia

Ernest Hemingway

Mar 14 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries Mary Welsh

Doris Day

Mar 30 Ameican actress and singer Doris Day (23) weds American jazz saxophonist George Weidler (20); divorce in 1949

  • Apr 26 Father Divine, controversial religious leader claimed to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement

Joan Fontaine

May 2 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38); divorce in 1951

Stan Laurel

May 6 Comedian Stan Laurel (55) marries for the 5th time actress Ida Kitaeva (47)

Jimmy Carter

Jul 7 39th US President Jimmy Carter (21) weds Rosalynn Smith (18) in Plains, Georgia

Howard Hanson

Jul 24 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York

  • Aug 10 Author and founder of the Scientology cult L. Ron Hubbard (35) weds Sara Northrup Hollister

Moss Hart

Aug 10 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Wedding of Interest

Aug 16 Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)

Olivia de Havilland

Aug 26 "Gone With The Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland (30) weds screenwriter and novelist Marcus Goodrich; divorce in 1953

Bill Haley

Dec 11 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock 'n' roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe; divorce in 1952

Jackie Coogan

Dec 26 Actor Jackie Coogan (32) weds Ann McCormack (22)


Famous Divorces

Bugsy Siegel

Aug 8 Esta Krakower divorces mobster Bugsy Siegel (40) after 17 years of marriage