Linda Cristal and Robert Champion (Couple)

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Date Dating April 1958
Date Married 24 April 1958
Date Separated March 1959
Date Divorced 3 December 1959
Relationship Type Married
Relationship Status Divorced
Relationship Source
Where/How First Met When both are invited by Conrad Hilton to the opening of his Havana, Cuba, hotel.
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(24 April 1958 - 9 December 1959) (divorced)

April 58 meets oilman / industrialist Bob Champion, when both are invited by Conrad Hilton to the opening of his Havana, Cuba, hotel. Actress Ann Miller introduces them on the plane going down. It is love at first sight. Champion is half-brother of dancer-actor Gower Champion, but the two aren`t in contact. Champion`s headquarters are in Caracas, Venezuela.

24 April 58 secretly marries Robert W. Champion in Pomona, California. The ceremony is performed by a justice of the peace.

6 May 58 announces her engagement to Champion in Hollywood and says no definite date is set for the wedding, but it will not be before July. He`s 34; she`s 23. When she finishes her next picture, The Hell Bent Kid, they`ll have a real honeymoon in Acapulco. The stone in her engagement ring is a 10 1/2-karat yellow diamond.

Late May 58 columnist Earl Wilson reports that she and Champion actually married in Colton, California, on April 24

arch 59 she and Champion separate after 11 months. She blames the break up of her career and his job in Venezuela, which kept them apart.

April 59 can`t wait for the divorce hearing so that she can date. "She attended The Diary of Anne Frank premiere with director Hugo Fregonese, ex-husband of Faith Domergue."

tells Carroll that she and Champion will sign the property settlement any minute. "They are still living under the same roof."

June 59 columnist Walter Winchell thinks that she`s the reason why actor "William Campbell wears that big grin"

October 59 her friends predict she will marry musician Buddy Bregman, who almost became the husband of Anna Maria Alberghetti, as soon as her divorce from Champion becomes final

December 59 Carroll reports her back from the Texas location of The Alamo. "I don`t know when I will go to court to get my divorce," she says. "I haven`t had time to talk to my attorney yet." When she gets around to it, she will divorce Champion, who filed first, on account of residence qualifications, but who has been waiting for her to get the last legal word.

c. 9 December 59 divorces Champion in Santa Monica after less than a year of marriage charging mental cruelty. He doesn`t contest the divorce.

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