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Tom and Chris eloped to Las Vegas and were married there on February 20, 1945. Actor Peter Cookson and wife Maureen, close friends of Tom, were witnesses at the ceremony. Fan magazines rushed to show pictures of the young couple in their home and at leisure, and they appeared happy. It was short-lived however. By Christmas 1945 Chris and her daughter had left Tom and moved back East to her mother`s home in New Rochelle. She cited Tom`s moodiness as the reason for the breakup. Tom admitted at the time that "if I wake up depressed, I remain that way all day." Chris, however, was persuaded to return to California and try again. Inevitably the couple parted, and they were divorced in the summer of 1946. Tom and Chris remained on friendly terms, admitting their marriage had been a mistake on both sides. Tom never remarried.