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Timeline and Marriages of Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine's Fifth Wife -- Tova Traesnaes (1973-2012)
Tova and Ernest Borgnine

Tova and Ernest Borgnine in Los Angeles, California on January 29, 2011. They were attending the rehearsals for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Born:

Tova Traesnaes aka Tove Traesnaes: November 17, 1941 in Oslo, Norway.

How Ernie and Tova Met:

Tova and Ernie were introduced to one another by his friend Marty Allen in 1972.
Suzanne Adelson: "After his last divorce, in 1972, Borgnine recalls, 'I was so depressed, the last thing I wanted to do was to meet another woman.' But his close friend comedian Marty Allen thought otherwise and arranged for Traesnaes, who then had a makeup boutique in Las Vegas, to be Borgnine's blind date at Allen's birthday party. Recalls Borgnine: 'We started talking. Next thing I knew, everyone was ready to go home —- and we were still talking.'"
Source: Suzanne Adelson. "With His Fifth Marriage, Ernest Borgnine Finally Has a Face-Saver: Wife Tove." People.com. 8/17/1981.

Wedding Date and Info:

After being engaged for 11 months, Tova and Ernie were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 24, 1973.

Residences:

Tova and Ernie had homes in Beverly Hills, California and in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Occupations:

Tova: Businesswoman, cosmetics entrepreneur, author.
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Previous Marriage:

Tova was previously in a four-year marriage that ended in divorce. She has one son, David Johnson.

Quotes About the Marriage of Tova and Ernie Borgnine:

Ernie: "I never got married with the idea of getting divorced. I always wanted a happy home. Tove and I have trust and communication, two things I lacked before."
Source: Suzanne Adelson. "With His Fifth Marriage, Ernest Borgnine Finally Has a Face-Saver: Wife Tove." People.com. 8/17/1981.

Ernie: "...and she's made me a much happier man. She's made all the difference in the world."
Source: Marilyn Beck. "Down Filming in Mexico, Ernest Borgnine Receives Divorce Message." The Salt Lake Tribune. 5/19/1972. pg. C9.

Ernest Borgnine's Marriages

  • Ernie Borgnine and Rhoda Kemins
  • Ernie Borgnine and Katy Jurado
  • Ernie Borgnine and Ethel Merman
  • Ernie Borgnine and Donna Rancourt
  • Ernie Borgnine and Tova Traesnaes
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