That paperwork will getcha every time, mane!
Ben Vereen has reportedly been illegally married to two women for 36 years.
Via Page Six:
The Tony Award-winning actor is divorcing his wife of 51 years — after spending 36 years illegally married to another woman, The Post has learned. Vereen wasn’t aware he was still married to his first wife at the time, sources said.
“This story is so bizarre — you can’t make this stuff up,’’ said Harold Mayerson, the lawyer for Vereen’s first, and still current, wife, Andrea. “Perhaps, Mr. Vereen will see another movie opportunity here.”
The “Pippin’’ star had married Andrea in Cecil County, Md., in February 1965, according to court papers He was 19 and she was 14 — and pregnant.
Vereen, 69, claims that he filed for divorce in New York in 1972, after seven years of marriage, and moved to LA thinking that the marriage was officially dissolved, sources said.
“They both filed for divorce proceedings in the early ’70s,” a source close to Vereen told The Post, saying he filed in 1972 and she submitted papers in 1974.
“There were no electronic records at that time, and there was no Internet. They both assumed that this was behind them.”
Many media outlets are trying to paint Uncle Ben as some shady bigamist, but we all know record-keeping was terrible back in the day.
I have some elderly relatives who aren’t even sure what day they were actually born.
Knowing is half the battle. I’m sure he’ll get everything straightened out to the best of his ability.