This Day in Ann Dvorak History

Today marks what would have been the 80th wedding anniversary of Ann Dvorak and Leslie Fenton.

On the morning of March 17, 1932, Ann and Leslie boarded a chartered plane from what is now the Bob Hope airport in Burbank, and flew to Yuma, Arizona. They were married by noon. Instead of flying back home immediately, they took a detour to the Agua Caliente resort in Mexico but did not tell anyone. When the couple did not show up at the expected time, and reports of a plane crash started appearing, the worst was feared. The newlyweds finally arrived in the early evening and were greeted by friends, family, and press photographers.

They marriage would last 14 years and during that time, Fenton would prove to have a great deal of influence over his wife. Ann’s pre-War years with Fenton did seem to be her happiest and most secure, and the day she eloped was probably one of the most memorable of her life.

Happy anniversary Ann & Leslie!


  1. Paul March 17, 2012

    I like Leslie Fenton and always smile when i see him pop up in the opening credits of an early 30’s WB film but no matter what other characters he might hav eplayed, he’ll ALWAYS be “Nails Nathan” to me! 😀

  2. admin March 17, 2012

    Agreed, he IS Nails Nathan above all else!

  3. Rap2 April 22, 2012

    Off topic: Any late breaking news on your book project? I’m just dying to read it. Actually, at my age I’m just dying period! But I’ll hold on to see your published effort. I already have a list of friends/relatives that will receive a copy for their Christmas present!!

    Excited to see the finished project!!

  4. admin May 7, 2012

    I am hoping to hear some very good news in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed!


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