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Mickey Deans with Judy Garland on their wedding day in 1969
September 24, 1934
Garfield, New Jersey
|Died||July 11, 2003
(m.March 15 - June 22, 1969; her death)
Mickey Deans (September 24, 1934 – July 11, 2003), was a musician and entrepreneur, and the fifth and last husband of Judy Garland.
Born Michael DeVinko in Garfield, New Jersey on September 24, 1934, he was the youngest of three children of Mary and Michael DeVinko. He grew up in a musical family, playing the piano and accordion. "My parents encouraged him to be a musician, " recalls his sister, Caroline Tassely. "He was very talented and played popular music in clubs in the fifties and sixties."
He played the piano at "Jilly's", a top Manhattan nightclub where Frank Sinatra used to go to hear Deans play. Deans later worked as the manager of a discotheque. In December 1967, he met world-renown actress and singer Judy Garland at a pub while she was still married to fourth husband Mark Herron. Garland, unhappy in her marriage, soon began an affair with Deans. Herron found Garland and Deans in their bedroom at their Chelsea, London house and the couple divorced in January 1969. After two years of knowing each other, Deans proposed and they were married on March 15, 1969. Deans discovered Garland dead on the morning of June 22, 1969. The coroner later determined she died from an overdose of barbiturates.
Following Garland's death, Deans co-authored Weep No More, My Lady, a biography of Garland written with Ann Pinchot. The book includes autobiographical elements of Deans' pre-Garland life and their time together. The book was published in 1972 by Hawthorn Books with paperback editions issued by Pyramid Books.
Life after Garland
Deans was known to keep company with rough individuals and as a result was subject to inquiry for the infamous Cotton Club murder of his boss, movie producer Roy Radin. He later moved to Cleveland, Ohio and became a producer of police fundraising events. In 1985, he bought the Franklin Castle, a historic four-story stone mansion on Franklin Boulevard in Cleveland's Ohio City, for $93,000 and had it restored.
Deans donated a feather boa that had belonged to Garland to a charity auction. He then placed the highest bid in order to maintain ownership of it.
After selling Franklin Castle in 1999, Deans lived in Northfield, Ohio and was known as colorful local figure until his death.
Deans died of congestive heart failure in Cleveland, Ohio on July 11, 2003 at the age of 68. Rather than being interred with Garland at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, his body was cremated and his ashes sent to an individual in Florida. Deans' son died just a few months later.
- Weep No More, My Lady ISBN 0-515-02989-0 Pyramid Books Edition, & ISBN 0-8161-6039-2 G. K. Hall (1972), aka Judy's Story (1974)
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