(December 22, 1963 - December 17, 1964) (divorced)
September 1963 tells columnist Mike Connolly that the talk about her trying to break up Burton’s romance with Liz Taylor is ridiculous. “Why should I when I’ve got my own guy, Hampton Fancher?"
December 3, 1963 while on location in Puerto Vallarte, she decides to marry Fancher
Mid-December 1963 Connolly says that she and Fancher sent the first wedding invitation to Joanne Fancher, Fancher’s just-divorced-in Mexico ex, “and she has accepted”
December 18, 1963 she and Fancher obtain a marriage license in Santa Monica. The wedding is scheduled for December 22 at the home of film costume designer Dorothy Jeakins. A San Francisco honeymoon is scheduled to follow.
1963 she and Fancher attend the Hollywood premiere of Love with the Proper Stranger
December 22, 1963 marries actor-writer Hampton L. Fancher III in a civil ceremony at the house of Dorothy Jeakins. He’s 25; she’s 17. A champagne reception is held on the small patio and newsmen outnumber the guests.
End December 1963 columnist Dorothy Kilgallen explains that “Hampton Fancher’s divorce came through while he was visiting his fiancée, Sue Lyon, on the set of Night of the Iguana. He signed the final papers – and who do you think his two witnesses were? Sue and her mother...”
June 1964 Kilgallen thinks that “Sue Lyon and her husband, Hampton Fancher III may have a happy announcement soon after they arrive here next week...”
August 1964 tells the press that she’s happily married and a homebody at heart. She and Fancher reside in a small rented house in Laurel Canyon.
September 28, 1964 her spokesman says she and Fancher have separated but there are no immediate plans for a divorce.
Mid-October 1964 Kilgallen mentions: “Among those consoling Hampton Fancher 3rd, about his upcoming divorce from Sue Lyon is one of his old flames, Joan Blackman. Pretty Sue’s best consolation is her new-found freedom...”
October 16, 1964 files for divorce from Fancher in Santa Monica Superior Court. She charges Fancher with mental cruelty saying “he habitually left her home alone and was hostile toward her family.”
December 8, 1964 obtains her divorce from Fancher in Santa Monica Superior Court after 10 minutes, claiming Fancher even forbade her phoning her mother. Her sister, Maria Merriman, describes Fancher as “hostile, belligerent, antagonistic, rude and unpleasant.”
December 17, 1964 small claims court says she and Fancher must pay their former landlord $199.32 in rent due to him because they moved out of his apartment September 26 without giving the stipulated 30-day notice.
1965 says she feels no bitterness about her brief tenure as Mrs. Hampton Fancher III. “I always remain friends with those I have been in love with,” she claims.