Sheila MacRae & Gordon MacRae

Sheila MacRae and Gordon MacRae  

Sheila MacRae and Gordon MacRae were married for 25 years. They dated for 1 year after getting together in 1940 and married on 21st May 1941. 25 years later they divorced on 15th Apr 1967.

They had 4 children, Meredith (78), Heather (75), William Gordon (74) and Robert Bruce (68).


American Actress Sheila MacRae was born Sheila Margaret Stephens on 24th September, 1920 in London, England, UK and passed away on 6th Mar 2014 Englewood, New Jersey, USA aged 93. She is most remembered for The Honeymooners. Her zodiac sign is Libra.

American Actor Gordon MacRae was born Albert MacRae Gordon on 12th March, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey and passed away on 24th Jan 1986 Lincoln, Nebraska aged 64. He is most remembered for Oklahoma!. His zodiac sign is Pisces.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1940 - 21st May 1941 1 year, 4 months
Married21st May 1941 - Apr 1967 25 years, 10 months
Total 1940 - Apr 1967 27 years, 3 months

(21 May 1941 - 15 April 1967) (divorced) (4 children)
While at the Millpond Playhouse in Long Island, Gordon met Sheila Margot Stephens, who was a young pretty blonde born in London, England. Gordon and Sheila did not immediately become friends because she thought he was too brash. Gordon continued to see Sheila whenever he could and they became very close. They were married on May 21, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio. Frankie Carle played the wedding march and Larry Cotton sang “Ave Maria.” Horace Heidt gave Sheila away and he and his wife, Adeline, were best man and matron of honor. Sheila was seventeen, and Gordon was twenty. Gordon and Sheila would have four children: Meredith, born May 30, 1944, Heather, born Oct. 5, 1946, William Gordon, born February 11, 1948, and Robert Bruce, born April 6, 1954.
Gordon attributed his success to his wife, Sheila. In a Photoplay article called That Old MacRae Magic, Gordon told Elsa Maxwell, “I never could describe the help Sheila has been in my struggle for recognition as a singer and an actor. I was twenty when we married. I would not—I know it and Sheila must know it too—have made the same progress had I remained a bachelor. For me a young marriage was right.” This rosy picture left a lot unsaid. Many agreed that perhaps Sheila was too pushy, and her ambitions for Gordon created problems in both the marriage and within Gordon. Another problem was Sheila’s show biz ambitions for herself, which caused marital tension.
“Divorce Shatters Sheila & Gordon MacRae Marriage,” reported one newspaper. “After more than 20 years as one of Hollywood’s happiest married couples, with four children, Sheila and Gordon MacRae shocked the film capital by deciding to end their marriage in April of 1967. Sheila flew to Juarez, Mexico, and won an uncontested divorce. The divorce ended not only a marriage, but also one of the most successful comedy-singing acts in the field of entertainment. For many years, Sheila and Gordon had teamed up to create a top nightclub act, with Gordon handling the singing and Sheila contributing the comedy with her zany imitations of the great and near-great. But the act split up last fall when Sheila became a regular on CBS’s Jackie Gleason Show, which is taped in Miami, Florida. Gordon remained in Hollywood. And the marriage ended shortly thereafter.”

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Relationship Timeline

15th April, 1967 - Divorce

April, 1967 - Breakup

6th April, 1954 - Child

11th February, 1948 - Child

5th October, 1946 - Child

30th May, 1944 - Child

21st May, 1941 - Marriage

1940 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Sheila MacRae
Gordon MacRae
Sheila MacRae
Gordon MacRae
Age (at start of relationship)
Hair Color
Brown - Dark


MeredithFemale30th May, 194478 years old
HeatherFemale5th October, 194675 years old
William GordonMale11th February, 194874 years old
Robert BruceMale6th April, 195468 years old


Posted commentsView all comments (2)

Eileen BrownsteinOct 23, 2009

I do not think that he wanted the divorce, but they lasted a long time for Hollywood standards. Both were great people, actors and singers.

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