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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Olive's Marriage To Teddy Spector

On March 23, 1931 Olive married thirty-one year old Theodore "Teddy" Spector. He was a handsome, six foot tall stockbroker from New Jersey. Teddy wanted Olive to give up her career but she refused. Just one year after their wedding she filed for divorce. In an interview she said "Ted wanted me to quit the stage but I simply cannot do it. I have been in the profession quite a while and I love it. We could not agree on the subject, so we decided the only thing to do was separate." A few months later Olive was shocked when Teddy was accused of being a bigamist. He had never legally divorced his first wife Pearl before marrying Olive.

The story made headlines all over the country and Pearl Spector gave several interviews to the press. She claimed Teddy called her the day before he married Olive asking for a divorce. To make matters worse Teddy said that he only married Olive because she threatened to throw herself off a ten story building. He was arrested but the bigamy charges were eventually dropped. Olive's marriage to Teddy was annulled on November 21, 1932. She was humiliated by the scandal and the bad publicity hurt her attempt at a career comeback. In 1934 Teddy was arrested for illegally selling securities. He died on April 4, 1961 at the age of sixty.

 Olive in court

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Autographs From Olive

Olive adored her fans and she never turned down an autograph request. Here are some authentic autographs from Olive ...

Magazine Covers

Olive became one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. She appeared on dozens of magazine covers during her career.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Olive During World War 2

During World War 2 Olive volunteered as a nurse's aid in New York City. In December of 1942 she decided to join the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). She was sent to Fort Des Moines in Iowa. Olive earned $12.50 a week driving an ambulance. She told reporters "I wanted to help where I could do the most good". In 1943 she received a citation for bravery when she she turned over an enemy ammunition truck. Olive was forced to leave the WAAC when she injured her ankle. She spent several weeks in the hospital and was given an honorable discharge. Olive moved back to Hollywood where she tried to resume her acting career.

Olive's Final Resting Place

Olive died on October 1, 1947 at the young age of forty-one. She had been suffering from pneumonia, alcoholism, and other health problems. At the time of her death Olive was living with her mother Sibbie at The Sunshine Mission. The only possessions she had were a scrapbook of clippings and her lucky pansy ring. Olive's funeral was held at the Sunshine mission and Sister Essie Binkley West gave the eulogy. Her former costar Cornelius Keefe and director John Boland were the only Hollywood friends who attended. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The epitaph on her grave reads ' Olive Borden Beloved Daughter 1906-1947". When Olive's mother Sibbie Borden passed away in 1959 she was buried next to her. Their graves can be found in the middle of the Liberty section. Forest Lawn is located at 1712 South Glendale Avenue. Dozens of other celebrities are buried at that cemetery including Elizabeth Taylor, Clara Bow, and Carole Landis.

Olive and her mom Sibbie

Olive At The Sunshine Mission

By 1945 Olive was bankrupt and had a serious drinking problem. She had several odd jobs but said "something always goes wrong". Unable to afford a place to live Olive moved into the Sunshine Mission, a home for destitute women in Los Angeles. Her mother Sibbie worked in the mission's commissary, Olive spent her days cleaning and caring for children. While living there she became a born again Christian. Olive said "I have found the one thing Hollywood couldn't give me - happiness." In the Spring of 1947 Olive became depressed and left the mission. Her mother found her several months later living in a run down motel. Shortly after returning to the Sunshine mission Olive passed away at the age of forty-one.