First Mates: Their First Spouses
Celebrity marriages don't always last forever, see who was the first spouses of some celebrities.
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Actress Liz Taylor apparently believed "eight is enough" as that is the number of times she was married. Included in this octet was a senator, a singer, a couple of actors, a hotel chain heir and a construction worker among others. She must also have believed that "variety is the spice of life"! Who was the lucky lad who led lovely Liz to the altar and became her first mate?
Conrad (Nicky) Hilton
Question 1 Explanation:
Nicky Hilton was the heir to the Hilton Hotel Chain and he and Liz got hitched in 1950. I wonder which hotel they stayed in on their wedding night?
Actor Billy Bob Thornton has been married a handful of times. Four of his wives were actresses and one was a Playboy model (sorry, I don't know in which issue she appeared). From that bevy of beauties who was Billy Bob's first mate?
Pietra Dawn Cherniak
Melissa Lee Gatlin
Question 2 Explanation:
Billy Bob married actress Melissa Lee Gatlin in 1978 and they had one child.
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has taken the trip to the altar many times. Among her spouses was the father of one of Liz Taylor's husbands, one was her divorce lawyer and another was an oil magnate. Who is the gentleman who glided down the aisle with the glamorous Ms. Gabor and became her first mate?
Question 3 Explanation:
Turkish born writer and diplomat Burhan Belge was the first to swap vows with Zsa Zsa, marrying her in 1937.
Singer, actress Liza Minnelli had had a foursome of spouses, among them a sculptor, a cabaret singer-songwriter, a director and a concert promoter. Mention the moniker of the man who was matrimonially matched with Ms. Minnelli in 1967 and became her first mate.
Jack Haley Jr.
Question 4 Explanation:
Australian singer-songwriter-entertainer Peter Allen (born Peter Richard Woolnough) in New South Wales on February 10, 1944 married Liza (with a "Z") in 1967. He wrote songs that were popularized by among others, Melissa Manchester and Olivia Newton-John. He won an Academy Award in 1981 for "Arthur's Theme" (which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross and Carol Bayer Sager) for the movie "Arthur" (1981) starring Dudley Moore and Liza herself. One of his more memorable moments occurred in Radio City Music Hall where he rode, of all things, an elephant. He and Liza divorced in 1974 and he passed away June 18, 1992.
Christie Brinkley is an actress, animal rights activist and fashion designer but is best known for her role as a model. She had the honor of appearing on the cover of the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue" three years consecutively: 1979-'80-'81. Her husbands have included a famous musician/singer/song-writer, an architect, a political cartoonist and a real estate developer. Can you cleverly calculate which of them was chosen as Christie's first mate?
Question 5 Explanation:
Jean-Francois Allaux, a French artist and political cartoonist married Christie in 1973, but their marriage ended in divorce and produced no children.
Larry King: talk about "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me". What can you say about a man who has been married many times? Of his marriages six have ended in divorce and one in annulment. King who came into millions of homes as a popular TV/radio host has been a husband to a math teacher, a Playboy bunny (that's the one he married twice of course), a business woman and a singer. Can you conclude who was the cute co-ed who captured Mr. King's heart and became his first mate?
Question 6 Explanation:
Number one on your scorecard was Frieda Miller, his high school sweetheart, but their marriage in 1951 was annulled when their parents thought they were too young.
Lana Turner, the beautiful actress who was well known by the nickname "The Sweater Girl", collected hubbies like some people collect stamps, taking the hike to the altar eight times (with seven men). Included in this group was an actor who played the Edgar Rice Burrough's character "Tarzan" in several movies , a nightclub hypnotist, a bandleader and an actor/restaurateur. Lots of lads loved Lana but which one was lucky enough to be her first mate?
Robert Dante/aka Robert Peller
Question 7 Explanation:
Wedding bells first rang out in 1940 when Lana married bandleader Artie Shaw (who would later marry Ava Gardner). Their union ended in divorce and they had no children.
Actor, vaudevillian, comedian Mickey Rooney probably wishes he could have gotten frequent flier miles for all the trips he took down the aisle. He has taken many trips with women who probably thought they would be be his lawfully wedded wife "'til death do us part" (one actually was). His wives have included a young, as yet undiscovered actress, as well as a couple of beauty queens and a singer. His nine marriages produced eight children and seven divorces. Mickey managed to marry many a miss but who managed to make it as his first mate?
Betty Jane Rase (aka) B.J. Baker
Barbara Ann Thompson (aka) Carolyn Mitchell
Question 8 Explanation:
Ava Gardner, the daughter of a North Carolina sharecropper, was an aspiring 20 year old when she became Mick's mate number one in 1942, long before she would go on to become one of the most well known actresses of her day. The marriage ended in divorce. She starred in such films as "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954), "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1952), "Show Boat" (1951), "On the Beach" (1959) and received a best actress nomination for her role in "Mogambo" in 1953. Later she would go on to marry bandleader, Artie Shaw in 1945 and singer/actor Francis Albert Sinatra in 1951. Ms. Gardner died of pneumonia in Westminster, London, England January 25, 1990.
Joan Collins has been married to a British actor, an American businessman, a Swedish playboy and a British singer/song-writer as well as to a man thirty two years her junior (busy, busy, busy). Can you conceivably conclude who could be called Ms. Collins first mate?
Question 9 Explanation:
Maxwell Reed, a British actor who was born April 2, 1919 in Larne, Northern Ireland became her first mate in 1952. As she revealed in her autobiography "Past Imperfect" (published in 1978), the marriage ended in divorce when she believed (are you ready for this?) that he was attempting to actually sell her to a wealthy Arabian sheik. I suppose that's redundant since I've never heard of any poor Arabian sheiks! He died of cancer at the age of 55.
Martin Scorsese is a noted film director, producer and screenwriter plus he's even done a little acting as well. He has won Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and several other awards. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Director before finally winning the award on his sixth nomination for "The Departed" (which also won Best Picture) in 2007. He has a most impressive body of work directing films including "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Goodfellas" (1990), "Raging Bull' (1980), "The Gangs of New York" (2002) and "The Color of Money" (1986). He also won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode of the 1920's era show "Boardwalk Empire" which aired September 19,2010. Mention the merry maiden who matrimonially marched Martin down the aisle in 1965 and became his first mate.
Laraine Marie Brennan
Barbara De Fina
Question 10 Explanation:
Scorsese's first marriage was to fellow N.Y.U. undergraduate student Laraine Brennan whom he married in 1965 and divorced in 1971. They had one child, a daughter, Catherine.
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