Marriage To Teddy Spector

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On March 23, 1931 Olive married Theodore "Teddy" Spector, a stockbroker, in Harrison, New York. Teddy was born Isadore Spector on August 8, 1899 in Poland. He came to the United States when he was a toddler. Olive and Teddy kept their marriage a secret for several weeks while they honeymooned on the West Coast. The couple moved into an apartment at 105 Graham Avenue (now Rosa Parks Boulevard) in Patterson, New Jersey. Teddy wanted her to give up her career but she refused. In December of 1931 she went to Philadelphia to star in the play The Modern Virgin. After just one year of marriage they separated in April of 1932. 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 month after Olive left Teddy he was accused of being a bigamist.

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Theodore Spector, Olive, and Pearl Spector

His first wife, Pearl Haworth Spector, claimed he had never divorced her before marrying Olive. The story made headlines all over the country and Pearl Spector gave several interviews to the press. She said that Teddy called her the day before he married Olive begging for a divorce. To make matters worse her told her that he was only marrying Olive because she threatened to throw herself off a ten story building. He was arrested for bigamy but the charges were eventually dropped. Olive filed for an annulment in September of 1932. In court she testified that she did not know Teddy already had a wife. Their marriage was annulled on November 21, 1932. Olive was humiliated by the scandal and the bad publicity didn't help her career. Teddy was arrested in 1934 for illegally selling securities. He died on April 4, 1961 at the age of sixty-one.

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Olive in court for her annulment

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