On This Day

Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1976

Famous Weddings

Pete Maravich

Jan 11 NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana

Sidney Poitier

Jan 23 Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier (48) weds Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus

Gloria Swanson

Feb 2 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)

Alice Cooper

Mar 20 American rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

Wedding of Interest

Apr 14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan; divorce in 1980

Doris Day

Apr 14 American singer and actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden; divorce in 1982

  • May 10 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola
  • Jun 6 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater JoJo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles
  • Jun 19 King Charles XVI Gustaf of Sweden marries Silvia Renate Sommerlath in Stockholm Cathedral, 1st Swedish reigning monarch to marry since 1797

Reba McEntire

Jun 21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles (31); divorce in 1987

  • Jun 25 British-American actor Peter Lawford (52) weds aspiring actress Deborah Gould (25) three weeks after they meet; separate after two months, divorce in 1977

Walter Payton

Jul 7 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

Andy Gibb

Jul 11 Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia

Frank Sinatra

Jul 11 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (60) marries 4th wife Barbara Marx (45)

Tammy Wynette

Jul 18 American country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin, divorced, later in 1976

Natalie Cole

Jul 31 American pop singer Natalie Cole (26) weds songwriter, manager, and Baptist minister Marvin Yancy (29); divorce in 1980

Larry Flynt

Aug 21 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (33) weds Althea Leasure (23) (his fourth time)

Elizabeth Taylor

Dec 4 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)


Famous Divorces

John Wayne Gacy

Mar 2 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage

  • Mar 19 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years

Divorce of Interest

Aug 1 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Aug 24 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage

Larry Bird

Oct 31 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

Donna Summer

Nov 24 American singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage