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Musical comedy star secretly wed

Here’s a publicity photograph from the February 12 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

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Hannah Williams (1911-1973) remained married to Roger Wolfe Kahn for only two years; they divorced in 1933. Ms. Williams then married Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion of the world; they had two children before divorcing in 1943. YouTube has footage of Dempsey and Williams shortly after they married, and of her singing “Get Happy”.

Roger Wolfe Kahn (1907-1962) was more than just a son of a New York banker: he was a musician, bandleader, and aviator. Here is a recording of his band from 1925.

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