Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Actor + Naval Officer
Born Dec 9, 1909

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1909 Birth Born on December 9, 1909.


1929 19 Years Old His first notable relationship was with the actress Joan Crawford, whom he began to date seriously during the filming of Our Modern Maidens. On June 3, 1929, at St Malachy in New York City, Crawford and Fairbanks married. … Read More


1933 23 Years Old The couple divorced in 1933. … Read More
1939 29 Years Old On April 22, 1939, Fairbanks married Mary Lee Hartford (née Mary Lee Epling), a former wife of Huntington Hartford, the A&P supermarket heir. … Read More


1943 33 Years Old Fairbanks convinced Hewitt of the advantages of such a unit, then repeated the proposal at Hewett's behest to Admiral Ernest King, Chief of Naval Operations. King thereupon issued a secret letter on March 5, 1943 charging the Vice Chief of Naval Operations with the recruitment of 180 officers and 300 enlisted men for the Beach Jumper program. … Read More
1949 39 Years Old He was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1949.


1954 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Fairbanks stayed in the Naval Reserve after the war and ultimately retired a captain in 1954. … Read More
1957 47 Years Old On February 7, 1957, he appeared on NBC's The Ford Show starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.


1961 51 Years Old In 1961, he was a guest at the wedding of Katharine Worsley with Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.
1963 53 Years Old It has been claimed that Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was one of the naked men in the incriminating photos used as evidence in the divorce trial of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll in 1963. … Read More
1968 58 Years Old On stage, Fairbanks toured in My Fair Lady in 1968, and in The Pleasure of His Company several times, including tours in the U.S. in 1970–72 and the 1977 Australian production with Stanley Holloway. … Read More


1982 72 Years Old In 1982, Fairbanks was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for his contribution to the relief of the needy in occupied Germany.
1988 78 Years Old He wrote his autobiography, The Salad Days, in 1988.
1991 81 Years Old On May 30, 1991, Fairbanks wed Vera Lee Shelton, a merchandiser for QVC Network Inc. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him a special envoy to South America. … Read More
2000 90 Years Old On May 7, 2000, Fairbanks died at the age of 90 and was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California, in the same crypt as his father. … Read More
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