When a marriage fails, the first thing people wonder is, “Why” The women in this video had the unfortunate experience of marrying someone who just didn’t swing their way. Here are some famous women who married gay men without knowing.
Terry McMillan is a famous author who wrote the book, “How Stella got her groove back” based on her experiences with her husband, Jonathan Plummer. As we all know Terry’s book was made into a movie and the couple was thrown into the public eye. they were married in 1998 but then Jonathan admitted to Terry that he was gay all along, causing them to divorce in 2005. The proceedings of the divorce were ugly with lawsuits and even an appearance on Oprah where Terry retold her horrific experience and how things fell apart.
The wizard of Oz’ star Judy Garland, was married to stage and film director Vincente Minnelli from 1945 to 1951, and the couple had one child, the famous Liza Minnelli. The marriage seemed to be destined for failure due to the fact that Vincente was living in New York as a gay man, but would push himself back in the closet when he arrived in Hollywood. Even after his divorce from Judy, he married three other women. But friends and people in the NYC circuit say that the marriages were a ruse to cover up his sexuality. Ironically, this wasn’t Judy’s last marriage to a gay men as her fourth husband, Mark Herron, was also gay. That explains why the relationship only lasted five months.
Actress Vanessa redgrave was married to english director Tony Richardson from 1962 to 1967 and the couple had two children together, the late Natasha Richardson and Joely Richardson. While Tony left Vanessa for another woman and dated women afterward, he was known as a notorious bisexual in the underground scene of the entertainment business. But given the time, coming out would have been disastrous to his career. There are even rumors that Vanessa walked in on soon-to-be ex-husband and her father in bed together. After he contracted HIV, Tony finally came out as bisexual before he died of AIDS complications in 1991.
Berry Berenson was an actress, model, and photographer who was married to “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins from 1973 to 1992. The public and those in the entertainment industry were intrigued and confused considering Perkins was in relationships with men throughout most of his life. Nonetheless, the couples stayed together until Perkins died from complications of aids in 1992. Berry met her on timely end on September 11th, 2001 while she was aboard flight 11, which hit the World Trade Center.
Most of the world knows Carrie Fisher for her iconic portrayal of Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise. However playing one of the most famous roles in cinematic history isn’t enough to guarantee a happy marriage. In 1991, Carrie married creative artists agency powerhouse bryan Lourd, and the couple even had a daughter together named Billie. All wasn’t well in paradise when Brian came out as gay and left Kerry for another man in 1994. Carrie recounted her experience in her 2008 book “Wishful Drinking.”
Charlotte Rae is best remembered for playing the role of Edna Garrett on the shows “Different Strokes” and it’s spin-off “The Facts of Life.” On November 4th, 1951. She married a composer named John Strauss. The couple ended up having two sons named Larry and Andrew. But the marriage wasn’t meant to last. In the mid-70’s Strauss came out to her as gay and the couple divorced in 1976. After the divorce, John remained on the down low in the entertainment business.
Jackée Harry is best known for her roles on shows like “227” and “Sister, Sister” and has been married four times. One of her marriages was to Elgin Charles Williams, and the couple were married from 1996 to 2003. A short time after their marriage dissolved, Elgin informed Jackee that he was gay. He would later star in his own short-lived reality series called “Beverly Hills Fabulous” which documented his hair salon, and Jackee even made an appearance on the show.
Angela Lansbury is best known for her iconic leading role in the series, Murder She Wrote” as well as being the voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. When she just 19 years old, she married 35 year old actor Richard Cromwell on September 27, 1945. They later got divorced in 1946 due to Cromwell being gay. in interviews and books, Angela said that the marriage was a mistake and she was a much too young, but learned from her experience.
Fran Drescher met Peter Marc Jacobson while they were in high school in Queens, New York. In 1978 at the age of 21, she said I do with Peter and the pair got married. Fran and Peter co-created the iconic show, “The Nanny”, proving they could work well together. However the pair divorced in 1999 and Peter came out to friend two years later, confirming suspicions that he was gay. After years of therapy and talking, Peter and Fran consider themselves best friends and even produced another show together called “Happily Divorced” which aired from 2011-2013 and put a comedic angle on their personal lives.
The famed dauthor of Judy Garland found herself nearly repeating her mother’s footsteps when it came to marriage. Liza Minnelli met Australian dancer Peter Allen, due to him being her mother’s protégé, and a couple got married in march of 1967. At the time, Liza didn’t know that Peter was gay and confessed that she was the last to know. The marriage lasted until 1974 and Liza remarried soon after Peter officially came out to the public. Peter ended up dying from aids in 1992 and a musical was written about his life including his marriage to Liza, called “The Boy From Oz” Hugh Jackman portrayed Peter on broadway and won a Tony for it in 2004.