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Michelle Triola

AKA Michelle Triola Marvin

Born: 13-Nov-1933
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Died: 30-Oct-2009
Location of death: Malibu, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Relative

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Palimony

Best known as the plaintiff in a lawsuit against her former boyfriend, actor Lee Marvin. Triola and Marvin had been living together for six years when he suddenly dumped her for an old flame. Marvin continued to provide Triola an allowance for more than a year, but inevitably he cut her off. Three months later, she filed suit, seeking alimony payments of $1.8M despite the fact that she and Marvin were never married -- thus coining the term palimony. Represented by celebrity divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson, Triola's suit gave birth to a sensational trial which revealed intimate details of her relationship with Marvin. Eventually, the court upheld the palimony concept, and Triola was awarded $104,000, but the sum was overturned on appeal as she had no explicit contract with Marvin in regard to the division of property. She later formed a more explicit partnership with, though again did not marry, the actor Dick Van Dyke.

Sister: Diane Triola Johnson
Boyfriend: Lee Marvin (cohabited 1965-70)
Boyfriend: Dick Van Dyke (cohabited 1976-2009)

    University: Theater Arts, University of California at Los Angeles

    Abortion (two)
    Miscarriage (one)
    Risk Factors: Lung Cancer


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