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Kati Marton and Richard Holbrooke Marriage Profile

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Richard Holbrooke and Kati Marton probably considered their marriage to one another to match the phrase "the third time is the charm." Here is information concerning how they met, their wedding, and their marriage and lives as husband and wife.

Born:

Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke: April 24, 1941 in New York City, New York.

Kati Marton: February 4, 1956 in Budapest, Hungary.

Died:

Richard C. Holbrooke: After a 21-hour operation to repair a tear in his aorta, Richard died at the age of 69 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. on December 13, 2010.

How Kati and Richard Met:

Richard and Kati had been friends for ten years when they had a first date with one another on Christmas Day in Paris in 1993.
Kati: "That was not my happiest time ... But her mood brightened considerably when she met Holbrooke the next day -— and the pair impulsively took off on a giddy three-day tour de France. "We started telling stories and talking about books. We just never ran out of things to say ... The conversation hasn't stopped since. We've never experienced anything like this."
Source: J.D. Reed. "Summit of Love." People. 8/28/1995.

Wedding Date:

After proposing to Kati in February 1995, Richard and Kati were married on Memorial Day weekend in May 1995 in Budapest, Hungary.

They honeymooned in the French Alps for a week.

Kati: "In 1995, when I chose the garden of the American ambassador's residence in Budapest in which to be married, I was again choosing that safety, marrying in my native land, but on safe American soil."
Source: Kati Marton. Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America. 2009. pg. 57.

Occupations:

Richard: Diplomat, U.S. ambassador, Assistant Secretary of State, Peace Corps official, investment banker, author, magazine editor, professor, journalist, consultant, presidential advisor.

Kati: Journalist, author, professor, activist, radio host, actress.

Children:

Richard has two sons.
  • David Holbrooke: His mother is Larrine Sullivan.
  • Anthony Holbrooke: His mother is Larrine Sullivan.

Kati has two children.

  • Elizabeth Jennings: Her father is Peter Jennings.
  • Christopher Jennings: His father is Peter Jennings.

Previous Marriages:

Richard had two previous wives.
  • First Wife -- Larrine Sullivan: Richard married his college sweetheart, Larrine Sullivan in 1964. Larrine was a lawyer. The couple divorced in 1972.
  • Second Wife -- Blythe Babyak: Richard and Blythe were married on January 1, 1977 in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Richard's short marriage to television producer Blythe ended in divorce.

Kati had two previous husbands.

  • First Husband -- Carroll Wetzel: Kati's marriage [abt. 1973] to international investment banker and China scholar, Carroll Wetzel, lasted about a year.
  • Second Husband -- Peter Jennings: Peter and Kati were married in 1979. They announced their separation in august 1993 and divorced in 1994.

Quotes About the Marriage of Kati Marton and Richard Holbrooke:

Richard about proposing to Kati: "We had known each other socially and been friends for 10 years. It wasn't as if we just met on the shuttle."
Source: J.D. Reed. "Summit of Love." People. 8/28/1995.

Kati: "Richard asked me to marry him a year ago. I don't want to gush, but I didn't realize such happiness was possible at our ripe age. We have a very grown-up relationship."
Source: Nadine Brozan. "Chronicle." NYTimes.com. 4/20/1995.

Meryl Gordon: "Searching through a box of photos in his office one afternoon, Holbrooke paused upon coming across several photos of himself and Sawyer. "I was going to throw these pictures out, but Kati said I had to keep them." Why? "To show how open-minded she is."
Source: Meryl Gordon. "Ambassador A-List." NYMag.com. 1/03/2000.

Meryl Gordon: "What stunned Marton, however, was a scribbled document Holbrooke gave her after they began seeing each other seriously several months later. "Richard gave me a list of every time he'd seen me in nine years. He has a phenomenal memory. It included things like elevator sightings, large parties, small parties. I was so overwhelmed. Even if I wasn't already half in love with him, that would have pushed me over, because of that sustained devotion and the fact that he never let on." Mention this missive to Holbrooke and he growls, "I wanted her. But the point of the story is that she remembered those times, too. She was in denial -- she didn't realize she was irresistibly drawn to me."
Source: Meryl Gordon. "Ambassador A-List." NYMag.com. 1/03/2000.

Kati: "For both of us, this is a very happy time," she says. "I'm completely addicted to him. And he never stops telling me, whatever he's doing, he couldn't do it without me."
Source: Meryl Gordon. "Ambassador A-List." NYMag.com. 1/03/2000.

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