On This Day

Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1959

Famous Weddings

Raúl Castro

Jan 26 President of Cuba Raúl Castro (27) weds revolutionary Vilma Espín (28) in Santiago de Cuba

  • Apr 1 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein


Apr 10 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda

Raquel Welch

May 8 Aspiring American actress Raquel Tejada (18) weds high school sweetheart James Welch; divorce in 1964 - she keeps his name (Raquel Welch)

Elizabeth Taylor

May 12 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)

Jim Henson

May 28 Muppeteer Jim Henson (22) weds Jane Nebel (24) in Salisbury, Maryland

  • Jul 2 Belgian Albert, Prince of Liège marries Dona Paola, Princess Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels

Louise Fletcher

Jul 18 Actress Louise Fletcher (25) weds producer Jerry Bick (36)

Carole King

Aug 30 American songwriter Carole King (17) weds American lyricist Gerry Goffin (20); divorce in 1969

Evel Knievel

Sep 5 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (20) weds Linda Joan Bork

Rod Steiger

Sep 19 Academy award-winning actor Rod Steiger (34) weds stage and film actress Claire Bloom (28) in Los Angeles, California

  • Sep 25 Cosmopolitan founder Helen Gurley Brown (37) weds theater producer David Brown (43)

Famous Divorces

Marlon Brando

Apr 22 Actor Marlon Brando and actress Anna Kashfi divorce

Ernie Banks

Jul 2 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage