Franchot Tone with new bride Jean Wallace. 1941.
"A chance meeting in July 1941 between Jean and the actor Franchot Tone, formerly Joan Crawford partner and twice her age, had led to a whirlwind romance, seven years of rocky marriage and, ultimately, divorce. Jean twice attempted suicide, the first with sleeping pills in 1946, the second by stabbing herself in the abdomen in 1949. During the acrimonious divorce proceedings that followed, Jean alleged extreme jealousy and an affair with peroxide blond siren Barbara Payton, while Tone claimed that his wife had been involved with gangster Johnny Stompanato, bodyguard of infamous L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen (Stompanato later came to grief at the hands of Lana Turner’s daughter, Cheryl Crane, in 1958). In 1950, Jean married soldier James Randall in San Diego, but this union was annulled after just five months. Having lost custody of her two children to Tone, she then lost her driver’s license, following a charge of drunk driving. Things could only get better."