There’s some bombshell news about stage legend Ben Vereen: The performer of “Pippin” fame allegedly spent 36 years illegally married to two women: Andrea Vereen, his first wife of 50 years, and to Nancy Bruner, whom he married in 1976 in California, and later divorced.
The New York Post reported that Ben and his estranged wife Andrea Vereen arrived in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday.
Ben claimed he filed for divorce from Andrea in the 1970s, after five years of marriage. But Andrea says she was never served and that the divorce wasn’t finalized. She learned about it when she filed for Social Security at age 65 in January in Brooklyn.
Andrea came to court with her niece and friends, while the Tony Award-winner — who flew in from California — arrived with his agent, Pamela Cooper.
Appearing before Judge Jeffrey Sunshine, the couple seated themselves separately, avoiding eye contact, according to Page Six.
The duo married in Maryland in 1965, according to The Post, when the “Hair” star was 19 and Andrea was 14 and pregnant.
Andrea Vereen, a minister, is asking her celebrity husband pay for the divorce.
Mrs. Vereen’s lawyer Harold Mayerson said to the judge, “She raised their child and deserves to benefit from the success of Mr. Vereen, a well-known singer and dancer.”
“But there was no California ‘marriage,’” the attorney added, emphasizing that one can’t be legally married in most states if they are wed in another.
Vereen married Bruner in 1976. Court papers show he filed to split from her in 2012.
ARTISAN DOUGHNUT TIME
The East Bay’s Doughnut Dolly is coming to The City.
Artisan doughnut entrepreneur Hannah Hoffman, about to open her third location (and her first in San Francisco), is hosting preview pop-ups beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 9, Sept. 13 and Sept. 15 in The Market at 1355 Market St., where locals can try her signature Naughty Cream and Jam Doughnuts (while supplies last).
On Thursday, Hoffman served the media samples of her latest filled-to-order creation: a Pulled Pork Doughnut (with pickled onions and cole slaw). It’s remarkably delicious.
The busy Hoffman, who has stores in Oakland and Berkeley, says she started out peddling her $3.50 treats illegally in Oakland.
Even though pork sounds like an unusual flavor, Hoffman isn’t into being weird for the sake of being weird. She says, “I want people to have really nice experience with a doughnut, to have something really special. ”
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— Staff, wire reports