- Harriet Tendler is also known as Harriet Bronson, the first wife of American actor Charles Bronson.
- She was a radio host for 9 years and sampled careers in acting and modeling.
- The mother of 2 wrote a memoir about her life as the wife of Charles, an actor known for a series of blockbusters who died in 2003.
Harriet Tendler was a radio host, an author, and American celebrity wife of actor Charles Bronson. She also pursued a career in acting and modeling. Her ex-husband was a former actor famous for his roles in The Dirty Dozen (1967), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), and The Family of Cops (1995).
Although she had a marriage with her ex-husband Bronson that lasted over a decade, it ended in a high-profile divorce. Questions have been raised as to what may have led to the divorce and what they have been up to ever since. Here is every important detail about Harriet Tendler as the first of the 3 wives of Bronson.
How Harriet Tendler Met and Fell in Love With Charles Bronson
Harriet and Bronson met in 1947 while they were studying at an acting school in Philadelphia, the same town where Harriet was born. At the time, she was 18 years old while Bronson who was born Charles Brunchinsky was 26 years old.
In 1949 when she was 20 and Charlie 28, they headed for marriage with the reluctance of her father who was a successful, Jewish dairy farmer. The former radio host supported herself and her then-husband who was trying to find his footing in acting and who had worked as a coal miner.
The Real Reason Why Their Marriage Failed After Almost 16 Years
Their marriage lasted from 1949 to 1965. This may not be farfetched from Charles’ meeting British actress Jill Ireland in 1962. At that time, Jill was married to Scottish actor David McCallum. According to sources, Bronson told McCallum who was also in The Great Escape film that he was going to marry his wife.
In addition, Harriet claimed that generally, a marriage may be able to go through extra-marital sex, but perhaps not extra-marital love. This suggests that her ex-husband may have found love in a woman believed to be Jill and it couldn’t survive until it ended in divorce.
Charles Bronson Married 2 Women After Her
He married Jill Ireland in 1968, 3 Years After His Divorce to Harriet Tendler
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Jill Ireland was a British actress who was born on April 24, 1938, as Jill Dorothy Ireland. She started her career in 1955 and in 1957, she became the wife of David McCallum. They became divorced in 1967 and in 1968, 3 years after Bronson and Harriet divorced they became married. Their marriage lasted 22 years until Jill died of breast cancer in 1990 at the age of 54.
Bronson Married Kim Weeks, a Woman Who Helped Jill Ireland in Production of Her Audiobook
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In 1998 and about 8 years after the death of Jill, Harriet Bronson’s ex-husband Charles Bronson became married to 1960 born Kim Weeks. She is an actress famous for Family of Cops (1995) and a former employee of Dove Audio who helped in the recording of Jill Ireland in the production of her audiobooks. The former couple remained in marriage until the death of Bronson in 2003 at the age of 81.
Harriet Tendler Had 2 Kids With Bronson Who Later Became a Father of 7
From their marriage, Tendler and Bronson became parents to 2 boys. Later, Bronson had 2 other children Zuleika and Katrina (adopted) with Ireland to make a total number of 4. Before his marriage to Ireland, she was already a mother of 3 and following the marriage, he became a stepfather to them. This would lead to his becoming a father to a total of 7 children.
Her ex-husband’s daughter Katrina Holden Bronson who was born in 1968 is also an actress, director, and screenwriter. Her line of works includes Daltry Calhoun (2005), Winding Roads (1999), and The Uncanny (1977).
Where is Harriet Tendler Now?
In 2011, Harriet became an author of a memoir about her marriage to Charles Bronson. The book Charlie and Me has been dubbed an emotional one which has been praised for not being a regular tell-all celebrity book that focuses mainly on gossip, anger, and bitterness.
At the time of this writing, there’s little detail about where she is or what she does in terms of career. However, it is believed that she may not have remarried, especially because she kept the name “Bronson” – a name she used to publish her book.
Her ex-husband on the other hand died in 2003 after marking his name of the sands of time as one of the highest-paid actors of the 1990s as well as one of the most celebrated. He is remembered for films like:
- Family Cops (1995)
- Donato and Daughter (1993)
- Act of Vengeance (1986)
- The Evil That Men Do (1984)
- Death Hunt (1981)
- Telefon (1978)
- Breakout (1975)
- Death Wish (1974)
- Once Upon a Time in The West (1968)
- The Dirty Dozen (1967)
- The Great Escape (1963)