Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1953

Famous Weddings

Richie Benaud

Jan 15 Cricketer Richie Benaud (22) weds Marcia Lavender at the Wesley Church in Sydney, Australia

Agnes Moorehead

Feb 14 Actress Agnes Moorehead (52) weds actor & film director Robert Gist (35)

Ernie Banks

Apr 6 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (22) weds Mollye Louise

Alexander Fleming

Apr 9 Biologist Alexander Fleming (71) weds doctor Amalia Koutsouri-Vourekas (41)

Gordie Howe

Apr 15 Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church

  • May 23 John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

Arthur C. Clarke

Jun 15 Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke (35) weds Marilyn Torgenson in New York

Martin Luther King Jr.

Jun 18 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

James Brown

Jun 19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia; divorce in 1969

Wedding of Interest

Jul 2 Children's author Roald Dahl (36) weds stage actress Patricia Neal (27) at Trinity Church in New York

Roger Moore

Jul 6 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

José Ferrer

Jul 13 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

  • Jul 13 American bandleader Louis Prima (42) marries American singer Keely Smith (25), in Virginia Beach, Virginia (his 4th, her 2nd); divorce in 1961

Terry Sawchuk

Aug 6 NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey

  • Aug 30 Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in NYC

Edmund Hillary

Sep 3 New Zealand Explorer Edmund Hillary (34) weds Louise Mary Rose

Lana Turner

Sep 8 American movie actress Lana Turner (32) weds 4th husband, "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34); divorce in 1957

Wedding of Interest

Sep 12 American Senator John F. Kennedy (36) weds Jacqueline Bouvier (24) in Newport, Rhode Island

Rita Hayworth

Sep 24 American "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (34) weds Argentine singer Dick Haymes (35) at The Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; divorce in 1955

Mikhail Gorbachev

Sep 25 Statesman Mikhail Gorbachev (22) weds Raisa Maximovna (21) at a Komsomol wedding ceremony

Joseph McCarthy

Sep 29 US Senator Joseph McCarthy (43) weds researcher Jean Kerr at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Sparky Anderson

Oct 3 MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle

Hank Aaron

Oct 6 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas (divorced 1971)

Tony Trabert

Oct 26 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

John Diefenbaker

Dec 8 Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

Milton Berle

Dec 9 Entertainer Milton Berle (45) marries for the third time Ruth Cosgrove (32)

Roone Arledge

Dec 27 Broadcasting pioneer Roone Arledge (22) weds Joan Heise at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, New York


Famous Divorces

José Ferrer

Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage

Ella Fitzgerald

Aug 28 American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces American jazz bassist Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage