(born January 17, 1952) is a construction worker best known as the eighth and final husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor
.Fortensky and Taylor were married on October 6, 1991, at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
and divorced on October 31, 1996.
Fortensky, the eldest of seven children, was raised in working-class Stanton, California
,Graham, Caroline. , Daily Mail
, April 24, 2011 and dropped out of Garden Grove, California
's Pacifica High School
in the 10th grade. He was drafted into the U. S. Army
in 1972 and discharged three months later. He married Priscilla Joan Torres in 1972, divorcing in 1974 after having one daughter, Julie Fortensky.
Addiction and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor
In 1987 he was convicted for driving while intoxicated
. Police found him in a San Clemente, California
parking lot, "very intoxicated" and in possession of marijuana
. Using Teamster medical insurance
from his construction job, he checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic
in 1988, where he met Elizabeth Taylor
. At the time, he was living in a small house in Stanton.
During the courtship she would sometimes deliver "goodies" to Fortensky at his work site.
The wedding, which cost between $1.5 and $2 million,... Read More