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Michelle Triola Marvin

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Michelle Triola November 13, 1932 – October 30, 2009 was an American actress notable for unsuccessfully suing Lee Marvin in 1977, having cohabited with him from 1965 to 1970 The trial, which brought about the concept of palimony, was widely covered in the media at the time During this time, she was Michelle Triola Marvin, having legally changed her name to add Marvin's surname to her own She was represented by well-known celebrity attorney Marvin Mitchelson


  • 1 Personal life and career
  • 2 Suing Lee Marvin
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Personal life and career

Triola was born in Los Angeles, California She never had children She lived with actor Dick Van Dyke from 1976 until her death She is the step-grandmother of actor Garret Gerlich

Triola majored in theater arts at UCLA She was a lounge singer and dancer She danced in the original 1958 Broadway production of Flower Drum Song, directed by Gene Kelly Her film acting career consisted of minor roles, including a stand-in in Marvin's 1965 film Ship of Fools and a guest role on the Dick Van Dyke television series Diagnosis: Murder

Suing Lee Marvin

Although she and Marvin never married, Triola sought financial compensation similar to that available to spouses under California's alimony and community property laws The result was the landmark case Marvin v Marvin, 18 Cal 3d 660 1976 The Supreme Court of California held that Triola could proceed with her suit, as it did state a cause of action and the trial court erred in granting judgment to Marvin on the pleadings

The case went to trial On April 18, 1979, Judge Arthur K Marshall ordered Marvin to pay $104,000 to Triola for "rehabilitation purposes", but denied her community property claim for one-half of the $36 million which Marvin had earned during their six years of cohabitation Both sides claimed victory, but in August 1981, the California Court of Appeal ruled that Triola could not show any contract between her and Marvin to justify any payment to her As a result, Triola received no money from Marvin


In April 2008 she underwent surgery for lung cancer The cancer caused her death on October 30, 2009, at the Malibu, California home she shared with Van Dyke She was 76 years old She was survived by a sister, Diane Triola Johnson of Van Nuys, California


  1. ^ a b c d e Elaine Woo October 31, 2009 "Michelle Triola Marvin dies at 75; her legal fight with ex-lover Lee Marvin added 'palimony' to the language" Los Angeles Times 
  2. ^ Michelle Triola on IMDb
  3. ^ Anahad O'Connor October 30, 2009 "Michelle Triola Marvin, of Landmark Palimony Suit, Dies at 76" New York Times 
  4. ^ Laskin, Jerry "California "Palimony" Law - An Overview" Goldman & Kagon Law Corporation Retrieved 2006-10-04 
  5. ^ Unmarried Cohabitant's Right to Support and Property
  6. ^ Associated Press October 30, 2009 "'Palimony' figure Michelle Triola Marvin dies" The Washington Times 

External links

  • Michelle Triola on IMDb
  • Michelle Triola Marvin at Find a Grave

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