`Womaniser` Orson Welles` romantic life revealed

London: Orson Welles, who was a known womaniser, lived a life that was dotted with affairs with various women.

The legendary actor/director`s first love was actress Virginia Nicolson and the couple eloped in 1934 when they were 19, the Daily Express revealed.

While Nicolson was pregnant with the couple`s child, Welles began affairs with actresses Geraldine Fitzgerald and Dolores del Rio.

After divorce from Nicolson in 1940, Welles married Rita Hayworth in 1943; that marriage resulted in divorce in 1948 after his extra-marital affairs plagued the relationship.

Soon after, Welles impregnated Italian actress and aristocrat Paola Mori, which prompted a shotgun wedding in 1955 but the couple soon drifted apart.

Croatian actress Oja Kodar , who was 26 years his junior, became his partner for the final 24 years of his life but he never divorced Mori and often returned to her.

Welles fathered a daughter from each marriage. He also had an illegitimate son by actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, baronet and film director Sir Michael Lindsay-Hogg.


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