Tova Traesnaes

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Birthday
17, 1941
Birthplace
Norway
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
17, 1941 (age 77)
Birthplace
Norway

About

Perhaps best known as the fifth and final wife of American screen actor Ernest Borgnine, this Norwegian-born woman also rose to fame through founding a successful cosmetics company called Beauty by Tova.

Before Fame

After taking acting classes in New York City, she opened a makeup studio in New Jersey. She later relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she became famous for selling a cactus-derived facial cream to Hollywood celebrities.

Trivia

She received the 1998 Women's Fragrance of the Year FiFi Award.

Family Life

The daughter of an artist father and a United States Embassy translator mother, she spent her early years in Oslo, Norway. Her first marriage resulted in one child and ended in divorce; her second marriage, to Borgnine, began in 1973 and lasted until Borgnine's death in 2012.

Associated With

Her famous husband's previous wives included Mexican film actress Katy Jurado and brassy-voiced musical theater star Ethel Merman.