lavender marriage


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lavender marriage

A heterosexual marriage of convenience which is meant to quell suspicions that one or both spouses are homo- or bisexual.
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It's almost shocking to read that a furious Barbara Stanwyck ended a cat-and-mouse interview with Hadleigh and asked him to leave her house when he raised the topic of marriages of convenience (it's speculated that Stanwyck's marriage to Robert Taylor was a "lavender marriage.") All the women interviewed were deeply conflicted and closeted, including Edith Head, who gave Hadleigh an 8-page contract to sign, stipulating that the interview not be published in her lifetime.
Her barrister Peter Harding-Roberts said: 'It was a sham, a 'lavender marriage' to a homosexual man who didn't sleep with her or live in the same house.'
He suggests that there's more than banter going on between Eve and Margot--and that real-life bisexual George Sanders's character, ruthless theater critic Addison DeWitt ("that venomous fishwife," someone calls him), is a closet case looking for a lavender marriage with latent lesbian Eve.