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17 March 1932 Rosie Dolly and Irving Netcher marry

Published March 20, 2013 by Gary Chapman

Rosie Dolly and Irving Netcher decided to get married in New York and so travelled from France to America in March 1932. Before sailing from Cherbourg, Rosie announced to the press that they would not purchase joint property in France because of the high taxes and because their future life would include too much travelling, so she must have already sold her properties in Paris. ‘If this marriage doesn’t take, I am entering a nunnery,’ Rosie added, as she sailed away aboard the Olympic with 12 trunks containing 40 hats, 50 pairs of shoes, 15 evening gowns and 20 dresses of green, black and white and beige made specially for her honeymoon. On arrival in New York, Rosie and Irving were guests of Mr and Mrs Nate B. Spingold, a motion picture executive and his wife, who had formerly been the famous New York modiste Mme Francis, in their apartment at the Waldorf Astoria.

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Rosie Dolly and Irving Netcher, arriving New York aboard Olympic on the eve of their wedding

At a civil wedding ceremony on 17 March 1932, conducted by Mayor James J. Walker of New York, Rosie, wearing an almond green gown, green shoes and a hat to match, tied the knot with Irving. Irving’s brother Townsend, his wife Constance Talmadge and the Manhatten millionnaire William Seemen and his wife, the former movie star Phyllis Haver, were witnesses. Norma Talmadge was also one of fifty intimate friends in the wedding party. Rosie said that she was prepared to be a playmate bride not a drudge to her new husband: ‘Men want companions when they marry . . . they want their wives to play, to be merry and happy not to take life too seriously . . . You see I’ve had experience . . . I think I know what men want. I’ve tried marriage before, so I should be better qualified to make this marriage successful.’

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