Joanne Dru and Dick Haymes (Couple)

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Joanne Dru and Dick Haymes
Date Dating December 1940
Date Married 21 September 1941
Date Separated December 1948
Date Divorced 28 June 1949
Relationship Type Married
Relationship Status Divorced
Where/How First Met at the Paramount Theater
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(21 September 1941 - 28 June 1949) (divorced) 3 children

Dec 1940 meets Argentine singer Dick Haymes at the Paramount Theater, where she is dancing and he is singing with Harry James and His Orchestra

July 41 Winchell expects her to marry Dick Haymes, "vocalist for the Harry James crew," in January

21 September 41 marries singer-actor Dick Haymes in New York. He`s 25; she`s 19. It`s his second marriage and her first.

24 July 42 her son, Richard Ralph, a.k.a. Dick Haymes, Jr., "Skipper," is born. He will become a singer.

1944 moves with Haymes to Beverly Hills

13 May 44 her daughter Helen Joanna is born in Los Angeles

November 45 Kilgallen writes: "The Dick Haymes, who called off their split-up, are about to announce they were right the first time."

August 46 tells columnist Erskine Johnson: "I think I was frustrated until I went to work. Dick and I are getting along better, now that we have a mutual interest, than we ever did before. We were separated only for a couple of minutes," she coos. "Dick promised me before our marriage that I could continue with my career. But we had a baby 10 months after we were married. Then we had another one. This is the first chance I`ve had to do anything about it."

February 47 is reported very ill and expecting a baby

19 September 47 her daughter Barbara Nugent is born in Santa Monica, California

November 48 her husband flies his own plane to Monument Valley, where she`s filming She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Late December 48 in Hollywood, she and Haymes announce they have separated and will go their separate ways for at least six months. Haymes says he and his wife had been kept apart for a long time, solely because of their professional commitments.

January 49 files for divorce from Haymes in Los Angeles Superior Court. He`s 32; she`s 26. She asks for custody of their three children, $25,000 a month support and $25,000 attorneys` fees. She denies she will marry John Ireland, with whom she`s seen frequently.

April 49 a few hours before Dick Haymes moves from their ranch in San Fernando Valley, he gifts her with a brand-new Cadillac

May 49 Motion Picture reports that she and Haymes where on the verge of splitting up months before the final break came. The clincher was Dick’s torrid romance with Nora Eddington Flynn, the ex of Errol Flynn. "Joanne’s now getting plenty of consolidation from actor John Ireland."

20 May 49 her attorney, Jerry Giesler, announces that she will seek a Reno divorce. She is to get a percentage of Haymes` gross income as alimony, and Haymes has agreed to pay $800 a month for support of their children. Haymes plans to marry Nora Eddington Flynn after she divorces Errol.

28 June 49 her divorce from Haymes is granted in Reno on grounds of extreme mental cruelty. Custody and support of their children is arranged in a private settlement. She will receive $350,000 in alimony over a period of seven years.

16 September 93 her daughter Barbara Nugent Haymes dies at age 45 in Los Angeles


Given Name(s)
Date of Birth

Richard Ralph  Male

Helen Joanna  Female

Barbara Nugent  Female

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