(26 January 1957 - 21 December 1974) (his death) 3 children
August 1956 young actor Dick Long is her frequent escort, but he has no plans on remarrying. Their dates are "just fun," not "serious."
December 1956 she and Richard Long set a spring date for the wedding. Long`s first wife was actress Suzan Ball, who died in 1955 of cancer after they had been married 16 months. Long won the movie colony`s admiration for the happiness he gave to Suzan during the last days of her tragic illness.
26 January 1957 marries Long at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. He`s 29; she`s 27. Best man and matron of honor are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Canning. Canning is a Los Angeles insurance man.
is married to Long for only two weeks before she moves home to her mother
11 September 1957 her son Cary R. is born in Los Angeles
threatens to divorce her husband ten times during the first year of marriage, even going so far as hiring an attorney
1958 threatens to divorce her husband thirteen times during the second year of marriage. He pleads on his hands and knees, asking her to forgive him.
c. February 1958 she and Long are separated five days when she goes to see A Farewell to Arms. Long sits right across the aisle. "He looked so lonesome," says Mara. "That we made up right in the theater."
Early March 1958 she and Long call it a day after many separations
April 1958 despite rumors of trouble, her marriage to Long is very solid. On the set of Take Five From Five, she`s even lovelier than before the birth of their son Cary.
June 1958 her separation from Long lasts just four days. They reconcile happily and buy a new house at 4277 Navajo Street, Toluca Lake. She expects another baby in September.
September 1958 she and Long give their marriage another try. "We also plan to consult a counselor or analyst and try to find out the cause of our quarrels," Long tells on the set of House on Haunted Hill.
9 September 1958 her daughter, Valeria, is born at St. John`s Hospital in Santa Monica, California
October 1958 is Playboy`s Playmate of the Month
1959 is scheduled to star opposite Fred MacMurray in The Oregon Trail, but her husband turns it down without her knowledge
15 January 1959 announces she will start divorce proceedings against Long. "Fifteen separations in two years are ridiculous," she says. She claims both have been consulting a psychiatrist
Late January 1959 doesn't seem to torch at all for her estranged husband at Paul Ross` farewell party for John Ireland
tells columnist Harrison Carroll that she will go through with the divorce this time. Of course, she says that after previous fights with Long, they always got back together. In the meantime, Long is seen with Barbara Byrnes at Jack Denison`s late spot.
14 February 1959 sues for divorce from Long in Los Angeles claiming cruelty. Later she will drop the suit.
April 1959 is riding with her friend Dorothy Martinson in Griffith Park when their horses get out of control. Lindsay Crosby and his pal, Eddie Goldstone, gallop to their rescue. Mara steers her horse into an embankment; Dorothy jumps off and lands on her head.
says she is far from agreeing to a reconciliation with Long. "We can`t solve our problems alone. I won`t go back to him unless he consults a psychiatrist. I am willing to go, too."
wields the shovel at the ground breaking for Rancho Conejo Light Manufacturing and Research Center near Thousand Oaks, California
goes to a party with Juan Rodriguez, but columnist Harrison Carroll thinks it`s still an even bet that she and Long will get back together
Mid-May 1959 is seen hand holding with Long at the Ice Capades
September 1959 reconciles with Long after several separations. To celebrate, they redecorate their house.
1960 while filming an episode of “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Steve McQueen proves to be the most unprofessional actor she has ever worked with
June 1960 she and Long split despite the expected baby. She says she’ll really go to court this time. Meanwhile, she heads to Palm Springs with her chum, Dorothy Martinson, who has broken up with the doctor boyfriend she’s dated for two and a half years.
the split from Long may end in yet another reconciliation since she`s expecting another baby
3 September 1960 her son Gregory W. is born in Los Angeles
12 April 1961 decides to keep her husband. She and Long appear in Los Angeles court for a support hearing in connection with her divorce suit, but their attorneys say they have reconciled. Her suit alleged cruelty, asking that Long be banned from their Toluca Lake home.
21 April 1961 her husband is arrested in Hollywood when she tells police he beat and kicked her and tried to strangle her. She claims he had been drinking.
26 January 69
she and Long separate again after 12 years of marriage
31 January 69
sues for divorce from Long in Los Angeles Superior Court saying he threw water on her and pushed her to the floor. She also alleges that he came home at odd hours and lost large sums gambling. "He broke the only long fingernail I ever grew."
21 December 74
Richard Long dies and leaves her with their three children.