DAILYKENN.com -- Actor Ben Vereen is divorcing his wife of 51 years. 36 of those years he was illegally married to another woman.
Vereen may be best known for his role as Chicken George in the white-guilt movie series, Roots.
• Monogamist marriage is a Western concept. Polygamy is still practiced in Africa. Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has four wives and may receive a fifth wife as a gift.
Ben Vereen was a bigamist!
The Tony Award-winning actor is divorcing his wife of 51 years — after spending 36 years illegally married to another woman, The Post has learned. Vereen wasn’t aware he was still married to his first wife at the time, sources said.
“This story is so bizarre — you can’t make this stuff up,’’ said Harold Mayerson, the lawyer for Vereen’s first, and still current, wife, Andrea. “Perhaps, Mr. Vereen will see another movie opportunity here.”
The “Pippin’’ star had married Andrea in Cecil County, Md., in February 1965, according to court papers He was 19 and she was 14 — and pregnant.
Vereen, 69, claims that he filed for divorce in New York in 1972, after seven years of marriage, and moved to LA thinking that the marriage was officially dissolved, sources said.
“They both filed for divorce proceedings in the early ’70s,” a source close to Vereen told The Post, saying he filed in 1972 and she submitted papers in 1974.
“There were no electronic records at that time, and there was no Internet. They both assumed that this was behind them.”
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