Patricia Beech is famous as the first ex-wife of 20-time Grammy-winning late-American jazz and traditional pop singer Tony Bennett.
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Bennett was completely smitten by her beauty when he first saw her
Beech was 19 years old, and an art student when she attended one of Bennett's Moe's Main Street shows in July 1951.
It was there when Bennett first saw her in her crowd and fell for her the moment he saw her.
As per AmoMama, the singer wrote in his book "The Good Life" that he met and fell in love with a young named Patricia Beech in July of 1951.
He was singing at Moe's Main Street in Cleveland, Ohio, one night when he saw Patricia.
She was with her date, and he saw her from the stage sitting ringside and was taken by her beauty, he expressed.
Bennett didn't miss the chance to ask her number, and they went on a date the following day.
She soon moved in with Bennett in New York, where she worked as a broker.
In his book, Bennett wrote that he surprised Patricia by announcing his intention to the world and was fortunate that she wanted to marry him as much as he wanted to marry her.
The couple got married on the 12th of February, 1952.
Fans were not happy about their marriage as they mourned
Bennett was a heartthrob, and when he announced his intentions, his fans were not happy, including his then-manager Ray Muscarella, who attempted to sabotage their marriage.
There were two thousand female fans all dressed in black outside their ceremony at St. Cathedral in Manhattan, New York, in mock mourning.
However, the couple’s marriage started to hit a rocky path as Bennett’s career heightened, and he started spending much of his time on the road.
Not only that, there was a rumor of his affair with an actress, and Beech filed for divorce amid the rumor.
She sued for divorce on the grounds of adultery in 1969. Their divorce was finalized two years later.
The couple had two sons
From their marriage union, they gave birth to their two sons.
Their older son, D’Andrea “Danny,” was born on the 3rd of February, 1954, while their other son, Daegal “Dae”, was born a year later.
Danny served as his father’s manager from 1979 until his retirement in 2021.
Danny was the one who helped his father revive his career after a series of financial and substance abuse struggles in the late 70s.
Danny, in an interview with the New York Times in 1999, recalled his father calling him one day after he was unable to process that the IRS was planning to seize his house and was rushed to the hospital.
“That was the day of reckoning. That is when he called me up. I think that was a desperate move, he told the New York Times.
During the same interview, Bennett also expressed how fortunate he was to have someone in Danny for truly looking out for his best interests and not just in it for money.
Danny helped his father’s previous manager prove wrong, who said that he would never be able to pull out of it as long as he lived since he owed so much money.
Her ex-husband went on to marry twice after her
After their divorce was finalized in 1971, Bennett went on to marry his second wife actress, Sandra Grant, whom he met while filming The Oscar in 1965.
The couple lived together for several years before getting married in 1971, immediately after his divorce from Beech.
However, the pair separated in 1983. Grant, in a 2007 interview with Page Six, said that her divorce from Tony was not finalized until a few months back.
He then began a long-term romantic relationship with former New York City school teacher Susan Crow, who later became his third and last wife.
The couple married in a private ceremony in June 2007. Despite their 40-year age gap, Crow was by his side until his death in July 2023.
Crow was Bennett’s primary caregiver after it was announced that Bennett had Alzheimer’s disease in 2021.
Her exact net worth is under review. As of now, we have the net worth of her ex-husband, the father of her two children.
Bennett had a net worth of $200 million at the time of his death.
- She was born in 1932. She is currently 71 years old.