Richard Cromwell (actor) - Personal Life

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Back in California for good, Cromwell was married once, briefly from 1945–1946, to the British-born actress Angela Lansbury, when she was 19 and Cromwell was 35. Cromwell and Lansbury eloped and were married in a small civil ceremony on September 27, 1945, in Independence, California.

In her authorized biography, Balancing Act, Lansbury recounts her life with Cromwell, as well as the couple's close friendship with Zachary Scott and his first wife, Elaine. Lansbury and Cromwell have stars within walking distance of each other on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cromwell made just one statement to the press regarding his wife of nine months and one of her habits: "All over the house, tea bags. In the middle of the night she'd get up and start drinking tea. It nearly drove me crazy."

According to the biography: Angela Lansbury, A Life on Stage and Screen, Lansbury stated in a 1966 interview that her first marriage, "was a mistake" and that she learned from it. She stated, "I wouldn't have not done it", and, "I was too young at 19. shouldn't have happened." The National Enquirer did a story in the 1990s about Lansbury and "the secret of her first husband". The magazine alluded to Cromwell's sexuality as the real reason his marriage to Lansbury failed, implying that he was bisexual or gay.

Cromwell and Lansbury remained friends until his death in 1960.

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