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On this Day in Movie History, June 27, 1964: Borgnine and Merman marrie

Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine marry
Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine marry

It was on this day, June 27, 1964 Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman tied the knot. Not one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages, this entanglement quickly became untied The couple broke up 32 days later.

In a radio interview, she said of her many marriages: "We all make mistakes, that's why they put rubbers on pencils, and that's what I did. I made a few loo-loos!"

In her autobiography Merman (1978), the chapter entitled "My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine" consists of one blank page.

Borgnine told fellow actor Frank Wilson that he spent about three weeks of his 32-day marriage arguing with Merman. By the end, he recounted how she came back from a film one day and said,"The director said I looked sensational. He said I had the face of a 20 year old, and the body and legs of a 30 year old!",

Borgnine replied, "Did he say anything about your old cunt?".

"No" replied Ethel, "he didn't mention you at all.

1907 - John (Herrick) McIntire (actor: Wagon Train, Honkytonk Man, Rooster Cogburn, Summer and Smoke, Psycho, Elmer Gantry; died Jan 30, 1991)

1912 - Audrey Christie (actress: Splendor in the Grass, Harper Valley P.T.A., Frankie and Johnny; died Dec 19, 1989)

1920 - I.A.L. Diamond (screen writer: Some Like It Hot, Irma La Douce, The Apartment; died Apr 21, 1988)

1938 - Shirley Anne Field (actress: The Entertainer, Hear My Song, Shag: The Movie, Getting It Right, Two by Forsyth, My Beautiful Laundrette, House of the Living Dead, Alfie)

1940 - Sandra Smith (actress: The Interns)

1951 - Julia Duffy (actress: Designing Women, Newhart, Children in the Crossfire, Night Warning)

1955 - Isabelle Adjani (actress: Queen Margot, Ishtar, Subway, The Tenant, The Story of Adele H, The Slap)

1975 - Tobey Maguire (actor: Great Scott, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Cider House Rules, Spider-Man)

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