Michelle Triola Marvin

Michelle Triola Marvin

Born Nov 13, 1932

Michelle Triola was an American actress who was mainly notable for unsuccessfully suing Lee Marvin in 1977, having cohabited with him from 1965-1970. The trial, which brought about the concept of palimony, was widely covered in the media at the time. During this time, she was Michelle Triola Marvin, having legally changed her name to add Marvin's surname to her own. She was represented by attorney Marvin Mitchelson.… Read More

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  • S us uk ca mini
    Property And Palimony Law For Unmarried Cohabitating Partners
    Huffington Post - May 12, 2015
  • Michelle Triola Marvin, 76, Of Landmark Palimony Suit
    NYTimes - Oct 31, 2009
  • Marvin Mitchelson, Father Of Palimony, Is Dead At 76
    NYTimes - Sep 20, 2004
  • Louis M. Brown, 87, Lawyer Who Emphasized Prevention
    NYTimes - Dec 07, 1996


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michelle Triola Marvin.


1932 Birth Born on November 13, 1932.


1958 25 Years Old Triola majored in theater arts at UCLA. She was a lounge singer and dancer. She danced in the original 1958 Broadway production of Flower Drum Song, directed by Gene Kelly.


1965 32 Years Old Her film acting career consisted of minor roles, including a stand-in in Marvin's 1965 film Ship of Fools and a guest role on the Dick Van Dyke television series Diagnosis: Murder. … Read More


1979 46 Years Old The case went to trial. On April 18, 1979, Judge Arthur K. Marshall ordered Marvin to pay $104,000 to Triola for "rehabilitation purposes", but denied her community property claim for one-half of the $3.6 million which Marvin had earned during their six years of cohabitation.
1981 48 Years Old Both sides claimed victory, but in August 1981, the California Court of Appeal ruled that Triola could not show any contract between her and Marvin to justify any payment to her. … Read More


2008 75 Years Old In April 2008 she underwent surgery for lung cancer.
2009 77 Years Old The cancer caused her death on October 30, 2009, at the Malibu, California, home she shared with Van Dyke. … Read More
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