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Audrey and Theodor Geisel Marriage Profile

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Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss was married twice. Here is information about those marriages to Helen Palmer and Audrey Stone Dimond.

Born:

Theodore Seuss Geisel aka Ted Geisel and Dr. Seuss: Born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Audrey Stone Dimond: Born in 1921 in Chicago.

Died:

Ted: September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California. Ted died in his sleep at home from jaw cancer at the age of 87.
Judith and Neil Morgan: "... as Ted had instructed, his body was cremated; there was no funeral service, nor any grave or marker."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 289.

How Ted and Audrey Met:

The Geisels and the Dimonds were close friends. Ted and Audrey realized they were more than friends when on a yacht while whale-watching, a heave of a wave threw Audrey into Ted's arms. "He caught me and we looked at each other and the awareness was mutual. You look away and you talk about inane things, but it would never be the same."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 201.

Eight months after Helen's [his first wife] death Ted moved into a hotel in Reno with Audrey for her to establish a six-week residency. "My best friend is being divorced and I'm going to Reno to comfort his wife."
Source: Anapsid.org

Wedding Date:

The marriage of Ted and Audrey was on August 5, 1968 at 5:00 p.m. in Reno by a Justice of the Peace at the Washoe County Courthouse. They had no friends at their wedding.

Audrey and Ted honeymooned for two days at South Lake Tahoe.

Previous Marriages:

Ted had one previous marriage.
  • Helen Marion Palmer: Helen was born in 1899 in New York. Helen and Ted met at Oxford University in England when they were introduced to one another by Joseph Sagmaster. After knowing one another only a few months, they announced their engagement.
  • After postponing their first wedding date due to the birth of his niece, Ted and Helen were married on November 29, 1927 at 5:00 p.m. in the living room of the Westfield, New Jersey home of Helen's brother Robert. Ted's best man was Whit Campbell.

They had about 40 guests at their wedding. Since only punch and cake were served at the wedding reception, Ted's dad hosted a small champagne supper in a local speakeasy. Ted was 23 years old and Helen was 29 years old when they married. They honeymooned at the Hotel Travmore in Atlantic City.

Early in their relationship, Helen encouraged Ted to draw for a living. A children's author and book editor, Helen supported Ted by helping him editorially and handling most of the business and financial details.

Helen committed suicide on October 23, 1967 at the age of 69 from an overdose of sodium phenobarbital capsules. Helen had been ill since 1954 suffering from cancer, constant pain in her legs and feet, and partial paralysis. Her memorial service was on November 9, 1967.

Audrey had one previous marriage.
  • Dr. E. Grey Dimond: Audrey and Grey, a cardiologist, married in 1945. Their marriage ended in divorce in Reno in June 1968. They have two daughters.

Children:

Ted had no children of his own. Audrey has two daughters.
  • Lark Dimond: Born in 1953. Lark is a sculptor.
  • Lea Grey Dimond: Born abt 1957.

Residence:

In 1948 Ted and Helen purchased an old, run down, observation tower on Mount Soledad in La Jolla, California and turned "The Tower" into their home. Ted had the home renovated when he and Audrey were married.

Occupations:

Ted: Best known as an author and illustrator of children's books. He won the Pulitzer Prize, a Peabody award, two Emmy awards, and two Academy awards. Producer, composer, sculptor, cartoonist, commercial artist. During World War II, Ted was a major in the U.S. Army.

Audrey: President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, producer, former nurse.

Books About Ted Geisel That Mention His Marriages:

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography
by Judith and Neil Morgan
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The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: a Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel
by Charles D. Cohen
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Quotes About the Marriages of Theodor Geisel:

"Life with Audrey brought a sense of freshness and renewal to Ted; he became more social and more active in his community ... Ted's interest in travel was also revived, and together he and Audrey traveled extensively ... It was also Audrey who suggested that Ted grow a beard -- and for the first time in his life, he did ... Never one to interfere directly with her husband's affairs, Audrey -- a former nurse -- saw her role as that of a caretaker and chief supporter, a role she continues to this day as the head of Dr. Seuss Enterprises."
Source: Seussville.com

Ted about marrying Audrey: "On the 21st of June, Audrey Dimond is going to Reno to divorce Grey Dimond ... Audrey and I are going to be married about the first week in August. I am acquiring two daughters, aged nine and fourteen. I am rebuilding the house to take care of the influx. I am 64 years old. I am marrying a woman eighteen years younger ... I have not flipped my lid. This is not a sudden nutty decision ... This is an inevitable, inescapable conclusion to five years of four people's frustration. All I can ask you is to try to believe in me."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 201.

Helen's last note to Ted: "Dear Ted, What has happened to us? I don't know. I feel myself in a spiral, going down down down, into a black hole from which there is no escape, no brightness. And loud in my ears from every side I hear, 'failure, failure, failure... I love you so much ... I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you ... My going will leave quite a rumor but you can say I was overworked and overwrought. Your reputation with your friends and fans will not be harmed ... Sometimes think of the fun we had all thru the years ..."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 195.

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