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The Three Marriages of Dick Clark

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Dick Clark's Second Wife -- Loretta Martin (1962-1973)
Dick Clark in 1973

Headshot promotional portrait of American television host and producer Dick Clark, circa 1973.

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Dick Clark's second marriage lasted eleven years before ending in divorce.

Born:

Loretta M. Martin: Abt. 1936 in Canada.

How Loretta and Dick Met:

When they met in late 1961, Loretta was a secretary to one of the performers in Dick's Caravan of Stars road show.
Earl Wilson: "Dick Clark, recently divorced, acts pretty serious about Loretta Martin, also in the Music Biz."
Source: Earl Wilson. "It Happened Last Night." Lakeland Ledger. 12/6/1961.

Wedding Date and Information:

Dick and Loretta were married on April 25, 1962 in Philadelphia at the Calvary Methodist Church. The evening wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Luther H. Kotels. Edward L. McAdams was best man. Mrs. McAdams was matron of honor.
"It was announced in April 1962 that he planned to marry twenty-five year-old Loretta Martin, a secretary for General Artists Corporation ..."
Source: John Jackson. American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire. 1999. pg 220.

Divorce Info:

Dick and Loretta separated in February 1972, Loretta filed for divorce in March 1973.
Source: Ancestry.com. California Divorce Index, 1966-1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.
John Jackson: "The couple had originally separated in February 1972, and Clark was sued for divorce the following year on grounds of 'irreconcilable differences.' Unlike his first marital split, this time it was Clark, claiming he had been 'quite unhappy for a long while,' who wanted out." Source: John Jackson. American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire. 1999. pg. 266.
Dick: "Loretta and I separated. She was the first to realize it wasn't working; it took me a bit longer. I never in my whole life imagined that I would be married and divorced twice. To me, it's an express admission of failure on my part."
Source: Dick Clark, Richard Robinson. Rock, Roll and Remember. 1978. pg. 330.

Children:

Loretta and Dick had two children.
  • Duane Clark: Born in 1965.
  • Cindy Lee Clark: Born in 1965.
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