Maj and Larry Hagman were married for nearly 59 years before Larry's death in November 2012. Maj was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2008.
Larry and Maj Fast Marriage Facts
Met: Abt. 1953.
Married: December 18, 1954.
Marriage Ended: November 23, 2012, when Larry died.
First Marriage: Yes.
Did You Know?
Larry believed that the secret to their long lasting marriage was having fun and two bathrooms.
Larry Martin Hagman: September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Maj Axelsson: Abt. 1928 in Sweden.
Larry: At the age of 81, Larry Hagman died of complications from throat cancer at Medical City in Dallas, Texas on November 23, 2012.
Michael Cain commented at the time “I was blessed to … witness his heart that was so full of passion and charity and mischievousness. His friendship will be missed by many, including me. Recently on a trip to Santa Monica, I was initiated into a celebration, a ritual that Larry performed with guests as the sun set over the ocean, where we shouted out to the sun as the final sliver passed over the hills. … I know he would want us to stand and shout and celebrate his life and the passion with which he loved and lived it.”
When Larry and Maj Met
Maj and Larry met in London around 1953. Larry took Maj to the Colony Club on Berkeley Square for their first date. Since he was looking for acts for the NCO clubs, everything was comped.
About eight months later, Larry proposed to Maj when the car they were in was stuck in the mud.
In 2001, in his biography Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life, Larry wrote "I liked what I saw from the moment I looked into her blue eyes." (pg. 75)
Wedding Date and Info
Maj and Larry were married on December 18, 1954 in London. They had two ceremonies: a civil ceremony and a religious service.
Larry described their two weddings in Hello Darlin’ with “The first was a civil ceremony witnessed by my best man, Staff Sergenat Bill Bolmier, and his wife, Shirley, who have become our lifelong friends. The second was a religious service at London's Swedish Church. Henri Kleiman was my best man, and Maj's younger sister, Berit (Bebe), and her father, Axel, attended. Mother gave us an Austin-Healey as a wedding present." (pg. 78)
Maj and Larry honeymooned in Sweden.
Larry and Maj raised two children.
- Heidi Kristina Mary Hagman: Born in 1958.
- Preston Benjamin Axel Hagman: Born in 1962.
Larry: Actor, producer, director, served in the U.S. Air Force.
'Dallas' Synopsis and Other Essential Information
Maj: Designer, real estate developer, producer.
The Hagmans generally spent part of each year at a penthouse apartment at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas. It is reportedly known as the J.R. Ewing Suite.
At one time they owned a home in Malibu, California. They also owned a 43-acre ranch in Ojai, California they called Heaven. The house had seven bedrooms, ten bathrooms, a grotto, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a spa, and a helicopter pad.
Quotes About the Marriage of Maj and Larry Hagman
Larry: "People constantly ask for our secret, and here it is -- two bathrooms. Again, I'm not joking. But we've gone through everything together, and our partnership has been the most fortunate part of my life. We've had a lot of fun. That's the real secret."
Source: Larry Hagman, Todd Gold. Hello Darlin': Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales About My Life. 2001. pg. 268.