June 27, 1964

On June 27, 1964 Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman were married. It only lasted 38 days. When Borgnine was asked why the marriage floundered so quickly, he said that he was fat and she was ugly, and when they sobered up, he realized she was fat and he was ugly, and that during their honeymoon, when more people recognized him and not her, he knew she was going to end it. He knew Ethel didn’t mind him be fat and ugly, but being a more popular actor was something she couldn’t tolerate.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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