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arriving at Barajas Airport, Madrid,
on 9-5-58; photo by Leo Fuchs
Not long before Ty married Deborah Ann Minardos, he had vowed that he'd never marry again. His two marriages had left him skittish about giving it another try. "Twice burned, you know," he said.
Then, one day in the spring of 1958, during the time he was doing the stage play, Back to Methuselah, he met Deborah Ann Minardos. Deborah was a friend of Linda Christian's brother-in-law. He invited both Ty and Linda to lunch, and the two liked one another right away.
She was the former Deborah Ann Montgomery, who had been divorced for a couple years from the actor, Nico Minardos. For a brief time, she had dated Elvis Presley. Debbie, born November 30, 1931, was a twenty-six-year-old American girl, with big brown eyes, a radiant smile, and dark, short-cropped hair. Ty had even commented once that, when he first met her, he was startled at how much she looked like him. Debbie was the only one of Ty's three wives who was American, having been raised in a small, friendly Southern town.
They were married in the chapel of a Presbyterian church in Debbie's hometown, Tunica, Mississippi, on May 7th, 1958. Before long, they announced that Debbie was expecting their first child. His friends and colleagues all knew that, though he loved his daughters very much, he was hoping for a boy to carry on his name. Whether it was motherly intuition or hope, Debbie was saying that they would have a boy.
on the set of Solomon and Sheba
To those who knew him best, Ty seemed to be a very happy man during the six months that he was married to Debbie. About Debbie, Ty had remarked to the effect that she had no ambitions other than to be his wife and have his children. About him, Debbie had said, "He's beautiful. Every way there is, he's beautiful."
On September 5, 1958, Debbie and Ty arrived in Madrid, to begin the filming of Solomon and Sheba. The couple had planned side trips to Italy and Switzerland, as sort of an extended honeymoon.
What was suppose to be a happy time for them turned to tragedy on November 15, 1958, when Ty suffered a massive heart attack while filming a dueling scene with George Sanders on the set of the movie. He died as he was being rushed to the hospital. Debbie was stunned and grief-stricken, as were his many friends and co-workers.
She gave birth to Ty's son, Tyrone William Power IV, on January 22, 1959.
A few months later, on September 30, 1959, she surprised Hollywood by marrying Arthur Loew, Jr., but the marriage lasted just a short time.
Debbie and Ty, Jr. in 1995
Debbie died of complications from a stroke on April 3, 2006. The following brief obituary was submitted to the Tunica Times:
Deborah Power Loew, widow of Tyrone Power, died Monday, April 3, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Mrs. Loew was the daughter of the late Freddie Hungerford of Tunica and stepdaughter of S.R. Hungerford, III of Lancaster, South Carolina. She is survived by two sons, Tyrone Power, IV of Los Angeles and Gerald Loew of Tucson, Arizona; a daughter, Cheryl (Howard) Harrison of St. Louis, Missouri; and two grandsons, Tyrone K. Power and Henry Beneke, IV.
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