Lest you think that America’s culture of celebrity for no reason is new, Stacie is here to assure you that isn’t remotely the case. Way, way back, asbestos heir and Manhattan bon vivant Tommy Manville made himself the talk of the times by heading down the aisle over, and over, and over again. With 13 weddings and 11 divorces under his belt, “The Marrying Manville” isn’t just a Trashy Divorces All-Star – he’s basically a legend!
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I’ve Got a Secret – August 14, 1952 (YouTube link. “I’m Going to Marry Tommy Manville” is the second segment, after the Olympic Swimmer)
The Sixties in the News: How an Era Unfolded in American Newspapers, 1959-1973, by William J. Ryczek (Amazon link)
Florence Huber Manville Reid’s 1930 lawsuit against her ex-husband (Google Books link)
7th Bride for Manville (nytimes.com)
8th Mrs. Manville (Life, via Google Books)
Undated Press Photo Thomas Tommy Manville Wilhelmina Connelly Boze Marriage – Historic Images (outlet.historicimages.com)
Tommy Manville (en.wikipedia.org)