Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, April 29, 2013

Y = Yuma: A to Z Blogging Challenge

Yuma, Arizona was, in the 30s and 40s, the marriage mecca for Hollywood stars. Fast and easy marriages were the draw for the stars before Arizona added the pre-marital blood test. The age of consent was only fifteen which also drew its fair share of brides and grooms.  

Loretta Young and Grant Withers jumped on a plane for Yuma and were married on January 26, 1930 by Justice of the Peace Earl A. Freeman who went on to perform so many marriages he  became known as "The Marrying Judge."

In 1931 Mary Astor and Gloria Swanson were both married there.
In 1932 Tom Mix married Mabel Hubbell on the courthouse steps in front of a crowd of fans.

Errol Flynn, John Barrymore, Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert were all married in Yuma.

Mary Astor was married again in Yuma in 1937 along with Helen Burgess and Anita Page. Stan Laurel was also married there; three times.

Many still travel to Yuma to be married the the process is slower and must start with the Yuma County Clerk of the Superior Court.

To learn more about the A to Z Blogging Challenge go here.