If and when

Here’s a photo from the June 12 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a Broadway actress who was rumoured to be marrying boxer Max Baer.

I don’t know what happened, but the two did not get married.

June Knight (1913-1987) contracted tuberculosis and polio before she turned five. Despite this, she went on to appear in three Broadway shows in the 1930s and two in the late 1940s. She also had roles in a number of movies between 1930 and 1940, including Broadway Melody of 1936.

Instead of marrying Baer, she married Paul Ames, a stockbroker, in 1934; he petitioned for divorce after just nine days. After another unsuccessful marriage, she married Lockheed co-founder Carl Squier. Their marriage lasted until his death, after which she had another long-lasting marriage to his friend and colleague.

Max Baer (1909-1959) went on to become the world heavyweight champion boxer between June 1934 and June 1935. After divorcing his first wife, actress Dorothy Dunbar, in 1933, he married Mary Ellen Sullivan in 1935. This marriage lasted until his death in 1959 from a heart attack. Their oldest child, Max Baer Jr., played Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies.

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