Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1948

Famous Weddings

Leo Durocher

Feb 16 American baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California; divorce in 1960

  • Mar 5 Actor Eli Wallach marries actress Anne Jackson

Nat King Cole

Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Lana Turner

Apr 26 American movie actress Lana Turner (27) weds 3rd husband, millionaire socialite Henry J. "Bob" Topping, Jr, at the Topping family mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut; divorce in 1952

  • May 15 American dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds American pop singer Tony Martin (34)

Stanley Kubrick

May 28 Film director Stanley Kubrick (19) weds high school sweetheart Toba Metz

José Ferrer

Jun 19 "Cyrano de Bergerac" actor José Ferrer weds second wife actress Phyllis Hill

Jack Kilby

Jun 27 American handheld calculator inventor Jack Kilby (24) weds Barbara Annegers

Fidel Castro

Oct 11 Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)

Wedding of Interest

Oct 15 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Betty Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids

  • Oct 21 Science fiction pioneering author "Stranger in a Strange Land" Robert A. Heinlein marries 3rd wife Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld

Cesar Chavez

Oct 22 Farm labor leader Cesar Chavez (21) weds labor activist Helen Fabela (20) in Reno, Nevada

Colonel Sanders

Nov 18 KFC founder Colonel Sanders (58) weds his long-time employee Claudia Price

Gil Hodges

Dec 26 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi


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Famous Divorces

Nat King Cole

Mar 22 American musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage