Since Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were married 74 years ago this week, here is a vintage article I found that lists the celebrity couples that were newlyweds in 1939. So let’s see who else would be celebrating 74 years together this year…
Ronald Colman and Benita Hume
They were included in this article, but apparently they were married in September 1938, so not sure why they were included but…
Benita was Ronald’s second wife. They were married until his death in 1958, and had one daughter, Juliet.
Nelson Eddy and Ann Denitz
Married in January 1939, celebrated singer Nelson and Ann were married until his death in 1967. They had no children.
Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck
Taylor and Stanwyck rivaled Clark Gable and Carole Lombard as the top celebrity marriage of 1939. They were divorced in 1952, sadly. He later married actress Ursula Theiss and had two children. Stanwyck had been married once before, to actor Frank Fay, but did not marry a third time.
Louis Hayward and Ida Lupino
Director Hayward and famed actress/director Lupino were married in November 1938.It was the first marriage for both. They were divorced in 1945 and both of them went on to marry twice more.
Leo Gorcey and Kay Marvis
“Bowery Boy” Leo was 21 when he and Kay were married in May 1939, his first of five wives. She was 17. They were divorced in 1944 when she left him for Groucho Marx.
Tyrone Power and Annabella
Hearthrob Power and French beauty Annabella were married in April 1939, the first for him, second for her. They were divorced in 1948. He went on to marry twice more, having three children. Annabella did not remarry.
Alexander Korda and Merle Oberon
Hungarian director Korda and British actress Oberon were married in June 1939. His second marriage, her first. They were divorced in 1945. He went on to marry once more, her three times.
Lawrence Spangard and Sigrid Gurie
“The Norwegian Garbo” Gurie married Dr. Spangard in August 1939. They were divorced in 1948 and she went on to marry once more.
Gene Markey and Hedy Lamarr
Exotic Lamarr married screenwriter (and ladies man) Markey in March 1939. They adopted a son together and were divorced soon after, in 1941. They had both been married once before, him to actress Joan Bennett.
Lamarr was married four more times, Markey twice more–his third wife was Myrna Loy.
Jackie Westrope and Nan Grey
30’s and 40’s actress Grey married jockey Westrope in 1939. They had two daughters and were divorced in 1950. She married once more. I am not too familiar with this couple but their picture is very sweet!
Oh and the last one….