Saturday, September 26, 2009

Notable Passings

...Dorothy Coonan Wellman, the widow of famed director William A. Wellman, recently passed away at the age of 95.

Mrs. Wellman starred in her husband's film WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD (1933) and also appeared as a dancer in 42ND STREET (1933) and GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (1933). The Wellmans had seven children, including actors Cissy Wellman and William Wellman Jr.

...John Hart, whose long acting career including a stint replacing Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, has passed away at the age of 91.

Hart married actress Beryl Braithwaite 10 days after meeting her while shooting the TV series HAWKEYE AND THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. He was 39, she was 20; they were married for 52 years.

More on Hart has been posted at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear.


Blogger Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

Ten days?! Wow, you'd think it would end in divorce, not 52 years.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

One would think! Especially given fairly disparate ages. But sometimes a whirlwind courtship works. One of my favorite such anecdotes regards James Garner, who married his wife two weeks after they met...that was in 1956 and they're still together. :)

Best wishes,

3:15 PM  

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