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Irene O'Connor and Norman Rockwell Marriage Profile


Norman Rockwell rarely mentioned his first marriage to Irene O'Connor. Here is information on how they met, their wedding, and more.


Norman Perceval Rockwell: February 3, 1894 in New York, New York.

Irene O'Connor: Abt. 1891 in Watertown, New York.

How Norman and Irene Met:

Norman met Irene when she moved into the same boardinghouse where he was living. He proposed to Irene on the telephone.

Wedding Date and Information:

Irene and Norman were married on July 1, 1916 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Potsdam, New York.


Norman and Irene did not have any children.


Norman: Illustrator, painter, commercial artist, author, magazine art director.

Irene: Schoolteacher.


Irene and Norman were divorced on January 13, 1930 in Reno, Nevada.

Other Marriages:

Shortly after her divorce from Norman, Irene married Francis Hartley, Jr. on January 23, 1930 at Marble Collegiate Baptist Church in Manhattan, New York.

Norman had two other marriages:


Norman: Norman died at his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the age of 84 from emphysema on November 8, 1978.

Irene: Around 1932, Irene became a patient at McLean Sanitarium in Somerville, Massachusetts. Released so she could attend the funeral of her mother, Irene drowned at home in her bathtub on November 4, 1934. Her death was considered a possible suicide.

Quotes About the Marriage of Norman Rockwell and Irene O'Connor:

David Kamp: "Not long after he'd sold his first Post cover, he had impetuously married a pretty young schoolteacher named Irene O'Connor. The union lasted nearly 14 years but was loveless, if relatively uncontentious. The Rockwells lived a blithe, empty Roaring 20s existence, cocktailing on the social circuit and falling into the beds of extramarital lovers with each other's tacit approval."
Source: David Kamp. "Norman Rockwell's American Dream." VanityFair.com. 11/2009.

Laura Claridge: "Rockwell's decision to marry Irene was one of those oddly impulsive gestures he would make throughout his life." Source: Laura Claridge. Norman Rockwell: A Life. 2003. pgs. 143-144.

Donald Capps: "They had met when she took a room in the boardinghouse where he had been living in New York City. He was twenty-two years old, and she was twenty-five. They were married in Potsdam, New York, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, but in the priest's study."
Source: Donald Capps. "Erik H. Erikson, Norman Rockwell, and the Therapeutic functions of a Questionable Painting." American Imago. Summer 2008. Vol. 65, Iss. 2, pg. 191, 38 pgs.

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