Faye Emerson

Born Jul 8, 1917

Faye Margaret Emerson was an American film actress and television interviewer known as "The First Lady of Television". Beginning in 1941, she acted in many Warner Brothers films. In 1944, she played one of her more memorable roles as Zachary Scott's former wife in The Mask of Dimitrios. She was born to Lawrence and Emma (Smythe) in the tiny community of Elizabeth in Allen Parish in southwestern Louisiana.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on July 8, 1917.


1938 20 Years Old Emerson married her first husband, William Crawford, a naval aviator, in 1938.
1940 22 Years Old Emerson was born to Lawrence and Emma (née Smythe) Emerson in the tiny community of Elizabeth, Louisiana. She moved with her mother to San Diego before the World War II, where she took up acting and by 1940 was a Hollywood starlet. … Read More
1942 25 Years Old A film she made with Van Johnson in 1942, Murder in the Big House, was re-released under a new title later in the decade after Emerson began to make a name for herself in a new medium, television. … Read More
1943 26 Years Old However, Faye's activities in the movie industry were not conducive to a stable marriage, and though it produced one son, William Crawford, Jr., the marriage was over by the time Faye met President Franklin D. Roosevelt's son, Colonel Elliott Roosevelt, in August 1943. … Read More
1944 27 Years Old In December 1944, Hughes and Meyer provided the funding and airplanes for Faye and Elliott's marriage at the rim of the Grand Canyon. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old The marriage began breaking up by 1947.
1948 31 Years Old In December 1948, Faye Emerson slit her wrists and was briefly hospitalized.
1950 33 Years Old In January 1950, Faye obtained a divorce in Cuernavaca, Mexico.


1957 40 Years Old Next year, she married band leader and conductor Lyle "Skitch" Henderson in the same town; the couple divorced in 1957 in Acapulco, Mexico. … Read More


1983 66 Years Old Emerson moved to Spain and spent the rest of her life in seclusion. She died in 1983, aged 65, from stomach cancer in Deià, Majorca.
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