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Betty Hutton and Charles O'Curran Marriage Profile

Betty Hutton's Second Marriage

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Betty's second marriage was to Charles O'Curran. What started out as a solid partnership ended in a bitter divorce.

Born:

Elizabeth "Betty" June Thornburg: February 26, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Charles O'Curran: April 5, 1913 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Died:

Betty: March 11, 2007 in her apartment in Palm Springs, California at the age of 86 from complications from colon cancer. Betty's funeral was on March 14, 2007 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.

Charles: June 26, 1984 in Granada Hills, California.

When Charles and Betty Met:

Betty met Charles in the summer of 1951 while they were both working on the set of Somebody Loves Me.

Engagement:

Charles proposed on March 17, 1952 by whispering "Shor.r.r, an' will ye be me wife now?" at Lucey's restaurant in Hollywood.

Wedding Date:

Charles and Betty eloped to Las Vegas and were married on March 18, 1952 at the Hotel Last Frontier's Little Church of the West by Judge Frank McNamee.

One news report wrote that Betty wore an ice blue satin dress with an orchid in her hair. Another wrote that she wore a navy blue wool suit with a little hat with a turned-up brim. Betty was 31 and Charles was 37 when they married.

Honeymoon:

Their honeymoon was delayed because of her work. Charles and Betty honeymooned at Lake Tahoe, California in August 1952.

Marriage Issues and Divorce:

Betty and Charles separated on April 20, 1954. Betty filed for divorce in November 1954 in Las Vegas even though she had obtained a California divorce in July 1954.

Betty claimed that their marriage was unbearable by Charles' violent temper. They had to wait a year for their California divorce to be final.

In December 1954, Betty announced her intention to marry Alan Livingston. After fulfilling the six weeks' residence requirement, Betty was set to be divorced from Charles by default on December 24, 1954 in Las Vegas, but her flight from Los Angeles was delayed due to fog. The divorce trial was taken off the court calendar. Betty and Charles were finally divorced on February 21, 1955.

Charles' Other Marriages:

Charles had previously married an artist, Betty Jo Brown. They divorced in 1949 after being married a little more than a year.

After divorcing Betty, Charles married singer Patti Page in December 1956 at the home of Wilbur Clark in Las Vegas, Nevada. They honeymooned in Palm Springs, California. Patti and Charles had two children before their marriage ended in divorce in 1972.

Occupations:

Betty: Actress, comedian, singer, dancer. In later life she worked as a cook and housekeeper at a catholic rectory in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Charles O'Curran: Dance director and actor.

Quotes About the Marriage of Betty Hutton and Charles O'Curran:

Charles O'Curran about his proposal to Betty: "I've known Betty six or seven months and been proposing every five or 10 minutes of that time."
Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram. March 19, 1952.

Betty after marrying Charles: "I don't enjoy being free. I just love being married."
Source: Independent Long Beach. March 19, 1952.

Betty at her divorce trial: "[Charles] was a perfectionist, and a human being cannot be perfect ... We had an act together that we did in nightclubs. However he had such a violent temper he made tremendous scenes in front of the cast and anyone else who might happen to be present. These arguments carried over into our married life. They made the marriage impossible ... There was a tremendous scene -- the last straw. I went to the home of friends in New York. I found I was paralyzed down the back and couldn't move for a month. I'm still under a doctor's care."
Source: Modesto Bee and News-Herald. July 1, 1954.

Sources for Hutton/O'Curran Wedding and Divorce Info:
Independent Long Beach. March 19, 1952.
Galveston Daily News. July 2, 1954.

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