The Truth About Tony Bennett's Ex-Wives

Tony Bennett, a singer, known for his pop, big band, and jazz music, has been married three times, resulting in four children. With songs like "My Funny Valentine" and "What a Wonderful World," Bennett knows a thing or two about the trials and tribulations of love, and many of his hits are popular classics that can be heard at weddings, per My Wedding Songs. Despite a heartbreaking health update from Bennett's wife revealing an Alzheimer's diagnosis, the music legend hasn't let that stop him. According to CNN, Bennett only recently retired after his last performance with Lady Gaga in 2021. The two even penned a successful album together, "Cheek to Cheek," that paved the way for a new generation of Bennett fans, per WBUR. Unsurprisingly, his relationships are also noteworthy and have raised a few eyebrows, often being the subject of media headlines and left many wondering about the singer's romantic pursuits throughout the years.

Tony and his first wife met in Ohio and had two children together

One of the most notorious relationships throughout Tony Bennett's career was with his first wife, Patricia Beech. The two met one night after one of Bennett's performances in Ohio, and at the time, Beech was studying art, per Glamour Path. It wasn't long before they married in New York at St. Patrick's Cathedral on February 12, 1952, per Getty Images. According to Good Housekeeping, women dressed up in black and lined up outside the wedding to mourn as their beloved singer became officially unavailable. The former couple also shared two sons, D'Andrea "Danny" and Daegal "Dae," who were born in 1954 and 1955, respectively, per Distractify. The union ended in divorce in 1971, likely due to the couple's complex long-distance relationship while Bennett was out touring on the road and a busy music career, per TheThings. The website also notes that while the two were separated during their marriage, the singer also began a relationship with Sandra Grant.

While Bennett and Grant were only married for eight years, it took decades before their divorce was official

Shortly after Tony Bennett's divorce from Patricia Beech became finalized in 1971, he married actress Sandra Grant later that year. According to The Free Library, Grant and Bennett initially met at a pool party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The two were married for nearly a decade and had two daughters, Joanna and Antonia, before they split in 1979, but it took years before the divorce was made official, per Closer Weekly. The split between the two was anything but amicable where Grant shared her true feelings about the relationship's end in the press. In a 2007 interview with Page Six, Grant revealed, "Thank God, my divorce papers are finalized with Tony after all these years. I was not legally divorced until just a few months ago. The Tony I knew is not the same smiley Mr. Nice Guy the world knows." The interview also captures a glimpse into the marriage as Grant recalls Bennett's substance abuse issues with cocaine, financial hardship, and prolonged-time apart due to his career. This eventually led him to his latest marriage, which is anything but conventional.

Tony Bennett's current wife is 40 years younger than him

In the 1980s, Tony Bennett started up a romantic relationship with Susan Crow. This former schoolteacher had always been a fan of his music, despite the fact that she is 40 years younger than him. In fact, according to Page Six, Bennett once took a picture with Crow's parents, when her mother was pregnant with her!

These two got married on June 21, 2007, and they have been together ever since. In fact, Crow is also Bennett's primary caregiver, as it was announced on February 1, 2021, that Bennett has Alzheimer's disease, via AARP.

"There's a lot about him that I miss, because he's not the old Tony anymore," she said in the interview. "But when he sings, he's the old Tony."

Bennett regularly shares photos of his life with his wife, such as them in matching pajamas and cooking. In his caption referencing his AARP article, he said, "Life is a gift — even with Alzheimer's. Thank you to Susan and my family for their support, and AARP The Magazine for telling my story."