Living estate of Ted Williams' third wife held Nov. 23rd Part I of the living estate of Dolores Wettach Williams -- the former fashion model, actress and third wife of baseball legend Ted Williams -- was held November 23rd by Knotty Pine Auction Service.
Dolores Wettach was born in Astoria, N.Y., in 1934, and raised in Vermont. She enrolled at the University of Vermont to earn a degree in Nursing. While in New York, she caught the eye of the noted talent agents Bruno & Bodi. Because of her Jackie Kennedy-esque look, she walked on to the cover of Vogue magazine. Almost immediately, her career took off, and in the years that ensued her image also graced the covers of Look and Reader’s Digest magazines, plus hundreds of print advertisements.
Her fabulous good looks led to a Miss Vermont title & parts in movies, including a lead role in the 1962 film Controsesso (“Countersex”). The movie, a sexual farce, was a critical hit in France & Italy. She was also screen-tested for part in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger. Although she didn’t land the role, her copy of the script & screening photos will be sold during Part II of the sale.
Part II will also feature wardrobe items & other accessories from Ms. Williams’ modeling & film careers; correspondence between Ted & Dolores; books, many of them signed & personalized by authors & other personalities; photographs of Ted’s career, some personally inscribed; photographs of Presidents Kennedy & Nixon, some personally inscribed; Dolores’ modeling portfolios, original artwork of Ted Williams by noted sports illustrators, sporting equipment and more.
“Even if Dolores had never married Ted Williams, she still would have led a full & exciting life,” Mr. Pappas said. “She was a successful & glamorous fashion model & international actress before meeting Ted, and before that she was a Miss Vermont who competed in the Miss Universe pageant (1956), winning Miss Congeniality. She was also a registered nurse & a mink farmer.”
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