What You Can Learn From James Doohan's Marriages:
Looking at James' first marriage, you can learn that marrying for the wrong reasons and not admitting to having made a mistake can result in a long, loveless marriage.
His third marriage shows that having a difference in ages does not doom a marriage to failure.
James Montgomery Doohan: March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Wende Braunberger: Abt 1957.
James: July 20, 2005 at home in Redmond, Washington. With Wende by his side, James died at age 85 of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.
He requested that some of his ashes would be sent into space. This was done on April 28, 2007, when a few grams of his ashes were briefly sent into space from New Mexico's Spaceport America on a suborbital rocket. The rocket payload was recovered two weeks later. Some of his ashes will be sent into space again in late 2007 on an orbital trip including a fiery re-entry.
How Wende and James Met:
James and Wende met in 1974 in San Francisco backstage of one of James' plays. Wende wanted his autograph.
"Jimmy couldn't keep his eyes off Wende. He invited her to come see the play again, and they went on a date. On their second date, he proposed. A few months later, she accepted."
James and Wende were married on October 12, 1974 in a small chapel near his Los Angeles home. The best man at the wedding was actor William Campbell. Their wedding reception was at his home.
Wende and James honeymooned in Vancouver, Canada and Calgary, Canada.
James had seven children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
- Larkin Doohan: Born in 1954. Her mother is Janet Young. She married Paul Pritchard.
- Deirdre Doohan: Born in 1957. Her mother is Janet Young. Deirdre married Louis Cruz.
- Montgomery (Monty) John Doohan: Born in 1959. His mother is Janet Young.
- Christopher (Chris) Doohan: Born in 1959. His mother is Janet Young. Christopher is married Kim.
- Eric Doohan: His mother is Wende Braunberger.
- Thomas Doohan: His mother is Wende Braunberger.
- Sarah Doohan: Born on April 11, 2000. Her mother is Wende Braunberger.
James: Actor, author. Although best known for his role as Scotty on "Star Trek", James acted in many movies and on television and did voice radio work. James was also a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery and landed on Juno Beach on D-Day.
James had two previous marriages.
Janet Young: Married in 1949. They had 4 children. They divorced in 1964. About getting married, James wrote in his book, Beam Me Up, Scotty, "She wanted to marry me for a reason that, at its core, I could really understand: she wanted to get away from a parent she couldn't stand ... I thought she loved me. It turned out she didn't." (page 115)
Anita Yagel: Anita was Gene Roddenberry's secretary. James proposed by telephone when he was in Japan. Married on November 22, 1970. Divorced in 1972.
James Doohan about his proposal to Wende: "I invited her again to see the show, and again we went to Enrico's. Wende had her hair down, and she was wearing a light blue dress. She was the epitome of beauty to me. Absolutely perfect. She had such a smile, and when I kissed her, she had the smoothest, most luscious lips in the world. She still does; it would knock you out. I think it was that second eening that I proposed to her."
Source: Beam Me Up, Scotty, page 170.
James Doohan about his first marriage: "What a disaster that was. The end result was four terrific children, but the marriage itself ... well, I really should have had an annulment after ten days ... But instead I stuck it out for seventeen years. You can't always be looking for a way to escape from an undesirable situation. So instead of trying to escape, I chose to stay and fight for something I believed in: a Catholic marriage. Frankly, Normandy was a hell of a lot easier."
Source: Beam Me Up, Scotty, pages 114-115.
James Doohan about interfaith marriage: Mainly, it [his marriage to Janet] was a mistake because of my being Catholic and Janet not."
Source: Beam Me Up, Scotty, page 114.