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Timeline and Marriages of Celeste Holm

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Celeste Holm's Fifth Husband -- Frank Basile (2004-2012)
Celeste Holm and Frank Basile

Actress Celeste Holm and Frank Basile attend Al Hirschfeld's 108th Birthday Celebration at Doyle New York on June 20, 2011 in New York City.

Photo: Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images

Born:

Frank Basile: Abt. 1963.

When Frank and Celeste Met:

Celeste met Frank in October 1999 at a fund-raiser where he had been hired to sing.

Wedding Date and Information:

Frank and Celeste were married on April 29, 2004 in New York at Sardi's restaurant. The ceremony was officiate by Barbara R. Kapnick, a Supreme Court judge. There were 150 guests at the wedding/birthday party. Frank is 46 years younger than Celeste.
Kenneth Jones: "Broadway and film star Celeste Holm proved April 29 that after all these years she's still a girl who cain't say no. The Oklahoma! actress surprised guests at her 85th [sic] birthday party at Sardi's by summoning a Supreme Court judge and marrying her opera-singer beau, Frank Basile."
Source: Kenneth Jones. "December Bride: Shocking Guests, Celeste Holm Marries Beau at 85th Birthday Party." Playbill.com. 4/30/2004.

Residence:

Frank and Celeste lived in her Central Park West apartment.

Occupations:

Frank: Opera singer, waiter.

Quotes About the Marriage of Celeste Holm and Frank Basile:

Celeste: “I never realized there was an age difference,” Ms. Holm said. “What age?”
Source: John Leland. "Love and Inheritance: A Family Feud." NYTimes.com. 7/02/2011.

Frank: “From a romantic point of view,” he said, “age never became a factor once you know Celeste Holm. The humor, the wit, the intellect, the support, compassion: it was the full package of an extraordinary woman, and any guy who couldn’t see that was blind, and anybody who did probably fell in love with her. I just happened to be the lucky one.”
Source: John Leland. "Love and Inheritance: A Family Feud." NYTimes.com. 7/02/2011.

Celeste: "Frank has become much too important to me to be temporary," said Holm in a statement. "I wanted a lovely present for my birthday and he was it!"
Source: Kenneth Jones. "December Bride: Shocking Guests, Celeste Holm Marries Beau at 85th [sic] Birthday Party." Playbill.com. 4/30/2004.

Frank Basile: "... that after so many years together Celeste asked me for a very special gift for her birthday and when you love somebody the answer is yes. Besides she makes me laugh."
Source: Kenneth Jones. "December Bride: Shocking Guests, Celeste Holm Marries Beau at 85th Birthday Party." Playbill.com. 4/30/2004.

Celeste Holm's Marriages

  • Celeste Holm and Ralph Nelson
  • Celeste Holm and Francis Davies
  • Celeste Holm and A. Schuyler Dunning
  • Celeste Holm and Wesley Addy
  • Celeste Holm and Frank Basile
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