“What a man” Hudson

The July 29 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained a photograph and an article about evangelist Minnie “Ma” Kennedy and her former husband, Guy Edward “What-a-Man” Hudson:



Kennedy, the mother of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, had been a widow for ten years when she met (and was seemingly impressed by) Hudson. When his bigamy was discovered, their marriage was annulled; undeterred, he got a divorce and married her again. Despite their signing a vaudeville contract for $1500 a week for forty weeks (or perhaps because of it), the marriage did not last – they separated in July 1932 and were divorced that November. (The source for this is here.)

I couldn’t find out anything about Ethel Lee Parker Harbert or whether she got the quarter-million she was asking for.

Ms. Kennedy passed away in 1947.

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