Proud mothers

Here’s a photograph from the June 12 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of three screen stars and their children.

Arline Judge (1912-1974) was in a number of movies in the 1930s and 1940s. She and Wesley Ruggles divorced in 1937. A few hours later, she married Dan Topping, who later became the owner of the New York Yankees; they divorced in 1940. She married five more times after that, including a marriage to Topping’s brother Henry; all ended in divorce.

Jobyna Ralston (1899-1967) appeared in seven silent films with Harold Lloyd. She and Richard Arlen divorced in 1946. She suffered from rheumatism and a number of strokes in the last years of her life.

Helen Twelvetrees (1907-1958) was born Helen Jurgens. (Possible trigger warnings ahead.) Her first husband, Clark Twelvetrees, attempted suicide by jumping out of the window in the middle of a dinner party; he was hospitalized for several months. She divorced him on the grounds of mental cruelty; she claimed that he was an alcoholic who beat her when he was drunk. She and Jack Woody were married in 1931 and divorced in 1936.

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