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Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine''s marriage. Does anybody know what happened?

In her autobiography, Ethel leaves a page blank about their marriage. It didn't last long, but does anybody know what the feud was about?

by Anonymousreply 32September 21, 2008 1:33 PM

He couldn't "please" her.

by Anonymousreply 1September 20, 2008 10:46 PM

HE couldn't stand the stink.

by Anonymousreply 2September 20, 2008 10:46 PM

She was a Broadway star, he was a movie star.

They honeymooned in Tokyo, among other "exotic" locales. Everywhere they went, Ernie was recognized and adored. Whenever he introduced his wife, "Ethel Merman" meant absolutely nothing to anyone.

He says that by the time they returned to LA they weren't on speaking terms. They each contacted their attorney, and ended the marriage.

by Anonymousreply 3September 20, 2008 10:58 PM

According to Merman, on their wedding night, Borgnine gave her a "Dutch Oven;" meaning he farted in bed and held the sheets over her head so she was forced to smell his stink. No I'm not making this up!

by Anonymousreply 4September 20, 2008 11:00 PM

r4, Howard Stern asked him about that and he didn't denied it.

by Anonymousreply 5September 20, 2008 11:05 PM

A link to support r3:

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 6September 20, 2008 11:21 PM

A short marriage and yet we were still blessed with Varla Jean!

by Anonymousreply 7September 20, 2008 11:38 PM

A short marriage and yet we were still blessed with Varla Jean!

by Anonymousreply 8September 20, 2008 11:38 PM

W&W for r8!

by Anonymousreply 9September 20, 2008 11:43 PM

Sarah Palin is the kind of character Merman made a Broadway career out of: unsophisticated and lively gal who rises to the top and turns out to be smarter than the featured players around her.

by Anonymousreply 10September 20, 2008 11:51 PM

The mirror cracked. Twice.

by Anonymousreply 11September 20, 2008 11:52 PM

The divorce decree listed cause as "irreconcilable faces."

by Anonymousreply 12September 20, 2008 11:54 PM

His secretary called me this summer to order him some more checks. She told me he is working on 3 projects.

I can only figure that the marriage failed because his cock was bigger than hers...

by Anonymousreply 13September 21, 2008 1:58 AM

She told a confidante that after they got married he wanted to pee on her.

by Anonymousreply 14September 21, 2008 2:39 AM

Hers was bigger than his'

by Anonymousreply 15September 21, 2008 2:46 AM

This thread is grossing me out.

by Anonymousreply 16September 21, 2008 2:51 AM

thank God they didn't produce offspring - can you imagine?

by Anonymousreply 17September 21, 2008 3:13 AM

Takes two pieces of crap to make a bad marriage. Perhaps if the idiots had waited say, like, five more minutes before marrying - or had at least waited until they were sober - then this whole catastrophe wouldn't have happened. For either of them to blame the other for this fiasco is the idiot's way out of a stupid mistake.

by Anonymousreply 18September 21, 2008 3:27 AM

He knows what he did.

by Anonymousreply 19September 21, 2008 3:41 AM

R18 is taking the Borgnine/Merman marriage WAY too personally.

by Anonymousreply 20September 21, 2008 3:44 AM

[italic]thank God they didn't produce offspring - can you imagine?[/italic]

One of his cast members on McHALE'S NAVY made himself unpopular with Borgnine when he held up a newspaper announcing the marriage and declared, "And I get the pick of the litter!"

by Anonymousreply 21September 21, 2008 4:19 AM

Come to think of it, they did kind of resemble each other.

by Anonymousreply 22September 21, 2008 4:53 AM

Merman found out that their expensive honeymoon trip to Japan had been paid for by Ernie's studio as a publicity junket. That pissed her off.

Her famous quote "I'm a lover, not a fighter" was interpreted to mean that he had been beating her, but that wasn't so.

Brian Kellow's book has the best and most logical account of what happened.

by Anonymousreply 23September 21, 2008 5:08 AM

They decided to have sex, and halfway through they both shot their cookies.

by Anonymousreply 24September 21, 2008 5:37 AM

Well, we heard what Ernie had to say. I wonder what her version of the events were.

If she's not saying, she is either a lady or a slut. I wonder which one.

by Anonymousreply 25September 21, 2008 5:49 AM

Although Ernie had a serial masturbatory issue, he had PTS.

Princess Tinymeat Syndrome

by Anonymousreply 26September 21, 2008 5:59 AM

After they broke up, one of Merman's friends finally asked:: "Why on earth did you ever marry HIM!" Merman responded: "How many offers do you think I get?"

Merman supposedly had permanent hot pants and, being no beauty, terrified men with her agressive behaviors including waiters, bartenders, etc.

by Anonymousreply 27September 21, 2008 6:35 AM

He couldn't find enough flour on their honeymoon to get to the infamous wet spot.

by Anonymousreply 28September 21, 2008 7:11 AM

Big argument about who was the pretty one.

by Anonymousreply 29September 21, 2008 7:27 AM

"If she's not saying, she is either a lady or a slut."

Or dead..

by Anonymousreply 30September 21, 2008 9:56 AM

Borgnine was/is a homophobe. Merman liked the ladies on the side. Borgnine probably wasn't aware of this before the marriage.

by Anonymousreply 31September 21, 2008 1:25 PM

R3, regardless of what Borgnine says, that story is the most typical kind of Photoplay bullshit -- I've seen it applied to dozens of failed show biz marriages.

I think Borgnine actually thought they were going to have sex in the marriage; Merman was under the impression that it was going to be friendship/companionship sexless type of union. OR, it could have been the other way around!

by Anonymousreply 32September 21, 2008 1:33 PM
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