Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1978

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

Roger Miller

Feb 14 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

Jeremy Irons

Mar 28 Actor Jeremy Irons (29) weds actress Sinéad Cusack (30)

Aretha Franklin

Apr 11 Singer Aretha Franklin marries second husband actor Glynn Turman (divorced 1984)

Danielle Steel

Apr 15 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

  • May 5 "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey
  • May 8 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah

Lee Hsien Loong

May 20 Soldier and later politician Lee Hsien Loong marries first wife doctor Wong Ming Yang

Jerry West

May 28 NBA legend Jerry West (40) weds cheerleader Karen Bua

Ben Bernanke

May 29 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (24) weds school teacher Anna Friedmann

Howard Stern

Jun 4 Broadcaster Howard Stern (24) marries Alison Berns at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Massachusetts.

Robin Williams

Jun 4 Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams (26) weds first wife Valerie Velardi

  • Jun 15 Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
  • Jun 30 English prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in Vienna, Austria

Tammy Wynette

Jul 6 American country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida

Neil Young

Aug 2 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds American diner waitress Pegi Morton (25); divorce 2014

Charo

Aug 11 Charo marries Kjell Rasten, a producer, in South Lake Tahoe, California

Kate Jackson

Aug 23 Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

George Harrison

Sep 2 British musician George Harrison (35) marries American record label marketer Olivia Arias (30) at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England

Gloria Estefan

Sep 2 Singer Gloria Estefan (21) weds musician and producer Emilio Estefan (25) (Miami Sound Machine)

Meryl Streep

Sep 30 Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

Wedding of Interest

Oct 6 ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad (32) weds fellow ABBA musician Benny Andersson (31); separate in 1980, divorce in 1981

Merle Haggard

Oct 7 American country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35); divorce in 1983

Ben Bradlee

Oct 20 Journalist Ben Bradlee (57) weds fellow journalist Sally Quinn (37)

  • Nov 4 "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (20) weds writer and director Peter Marc Jacobson (20)
  • Nov 17 Gerald Lascelles, British aristocrat and son of Princess Mary weds 2nd wife Elizabeth Collingwood in Vienna

Mark Hamill

Dec 17 Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (26) weds dental hygienist Marilou York (23) on a civil ceremony

Michael Crichton

Dec 31 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns


Famous Divorces

Danielle Steel

Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage

Mick Jagger

May 1 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Edward W. Brooke

Jun 15 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (58) divorces first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco after 31 years of marriage