On This Day

Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1956

Famous Weddings

Gene Hackman

Jan 1 American actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese; divorce in 1986

Neil Armstrong

Jan 28 Science student later astronaut Neil Armstrong marries fellow student Janet Elizabeth Shearon in Wilmette, Illinois

Willie Mays

Feb 14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

Bob Hawke

Mar 3 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia

Aldous Huxley

Mar 19 British "The Doors of Perception" author Aldous Huxley (62) weds American musician and author Laura Archera (45)

Vera Miles

Apr 14 Actress Vera Miles (25) weds actor Gordon Scott (29)

Wedding of Interest

Apr 18 US film actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony in Monaco

  • Apr 19 American actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III (in Church)

C. S. Lewis

Apr 23 Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England

Anita Ekberg

May 22 Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy; divorce in 1959

Sonja Henie

Jun 6 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)

Ted Cassidy

Jun 14 Actor Ted Cassidy (23) weds Margaret Helen

Wedding of Interest

Jun 16 British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes weds American writer and poet Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn in London, England

Wedding of Interest

Jun 29 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for the 3rd time, this time marrying playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York

Ben Bradlee

Jul 6 Journalist Ben Bradlee (34) weds Antoinette Pinchot

Pol Pot

Jul 14 30th Prime Minister of Cambodia Pol Pot (31) marries Khieu Ponnary

  • Aug 5 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor-singer Jack Cassidy (29)

William Shatner

Aug 12 Canadian "Star Trek" actor William Shatner (25) weds Gloria Rand; divorce in 1969

  • Aug 14 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)

Christopher Plummer

Aug 19 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado

Archie Moore

Aug 21 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

  • Aug 27 Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt (32) weds "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (32)

Harold Pinter

Sep 14 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (26) marries 1st wife actress Vivien Merchant (27)

Boris Yeltsin

Sep 28 Russian President Boris Yeltsin (25) weds Naina Girina (24)

  • Oct 6 South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

Ken Rosewall

Oct 6 Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia

Roger Maris

Oct 13 MLB player Roger Maris (22) weds high school sweetheart Pat Carvell at St. Anthony Padua Church

Bill Russell

Dec 9 NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher

Malcolm Fraser

Dec 9 Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser (26) weds Tamie Beggs (20)

Patti Page

Dec 28 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada