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Mrs. Lois N. Laurel, wife of Stan Laurel, of the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy, was awarded a divorce in a Los Angeles Court. She testified that her husband neglected her and remained away from home for several days at a time without any explanation. Mrs. Laurel is shown as she appeared in court.
October 11, 1933
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Lois Laurel won a divorce from Stan Laurel, noted screen comedian, when she averred to Superior Judge Walter S. Gates here that Stan is far from funny as a house mate.
According to her testimony, Stan had a penchant for straying from the home fires. “He was forver leaving home, staying away for two or three days at a time, and refusing to explain where he had been,” Mrs. Laurel declared, and, “He frequently told me that I couldn’t get a divorce fast enough to suit him.”
By property settlement, approved by the Court, Mrs. Laurel will have custody of the couple’s five-year-old daughter, Lois, and mother and daughter will be provided for through endowment insurance.
The Laurel’s married August 23, 1926, and separated last May 20. Unlike the busman who rides a bus on his holidays, and the postman who hikes; the comedian seemingly does not carry his calling into his liesure hours.
—International News Photo
October 13, 1933