Marriage To Irving Wheeler

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In the Fall of 1933 Carole started dating twenty year old Irving Wheeler, a civilian conservation corps worker from Banning, California. He was born Irvine Kay Wheeler on November 5, 1913 in Stamford, Connecticut. His father, Bruce Wheeler, was a manufacturer and his mother, Irene Hurd Wheeler, was a housewife. They divorced and his mother married Jerome Decker, a dentist, in 1920. A few years later Irving and younger brother Paul moved to California to live with their father. Carole eloped with him on January 14, 1934 in Yuma, Arizona. Because she was only fifteen she lied about her age on the marriage license. When her mother Clara found out she had the marriage annulled and Irving was arrested for "contributing to the delinquency of a minor". The charges were dropped after he proved that he and Carole were married. On August 25, 1934 the couple got married again. This time they had the consent of Carole's father Alfred Ridste. She and Irving moved into a one room apartment with no refrigerator. After just three weeks of marriage she walked out on him.

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Irving in 1938

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Irving eventually went to Hollywood and became an actor using the name Jack Robbins. In 1938 he sued Carole's boyfriend Busby Berkeley for $250,000 claiming "alienation of affection". The suit was dismissed and in 1939 Carole officially divorced him. She told reporters "I didn't think anyone knew I'd ever been married. I thought Irving had forgotten our marriage, too. We lived together for three weeks and then had an argument. I've only seen him once since then, and that was when he told me he wanted a divorce." Carole got Irving a job as a stand-in on her 1942 film A Gentleman In Heart. He also worked as Bob Hope's stand-in and was briefly engaged to singer Ella Mae Morse. Irving inherited a million dollar estate from his grandfather in 1946. He later moved to 1038 Summit Avenue in Pasadena, California. Unfortunately he was arrested in April of 1954 on a narcotics charge. At the time he studying to be a chef and using the name Irving Decker. He died on January 26, 2007 at the age of ninety-four.

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Carole and Irving's marriage license                                                                                                        

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