Marcelle Tagand Lear is an American socialite who is best recognized as the third wife of late Hollywood actor, Adam West, who portrayed the role of Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman on the ABC television series 'Batman' (1966-68) and its 1966 theatrical feature film. She was previously married to airman and UFO conspiracy theorist John Lear, the son of Lear Jet Corporation founder Bill Lear. During both her marriages, she often accompanied her two husbands to various occasions and events. Most notably, she stood beside Adam West when he received his star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame' on April 5, 2012.
Rise to Stardom
Marcelle Tagand Lear initially earned fame following her marriage to airplane heir John Lear. Through her marriage to him, she became one of the elites of the business sphere and got the opportunity to rub shoulders with famous people from different fields. This later led to her meeting with renowned actor Adam West, whom she eventually married after her divorce from her first husband. While her second husband already had a bad reputation as a heavy drinker and womanizer, he sobered up after their marriage and never shied away from talking publicly about how significant a role she played in his life.
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Behind The Curtains
Not much is known about Marcelle Tagand Lear's birth and early life; however, according to one source, she is two years older than her first husband John Lear and was born in 1941.
While Marcelle Tagand Lear is best known for her long marriage with 'Batman' actor Adam West, both Marcelle and Adam were married before. Marcelle's first marriage was to Learjet executive John Lear. She has two children from her marriage to him, daughters Moya and Jill. Incidentally, her first meeting with Adam was felicitated by John's family airline business. To be more precise, while shooting for a publicity event for 'Batman' around 1966, the production team needed an actual aircraft to act as a prop for the famous 'Bat Jet'. It was her first husband John who had landed one Lear Jet at the Santa Monica Airport to serve as the prop. Marcelle was there to experience the filming process, during which time she got the opportunity to get to know the cast.
Marcelle Tagand Lear later told 'People' that she was initially attracted to Adam's strange costume, but after he removed his mask, his attractiveness and sense of humor immediately won her over. Their growing intimacy is said to have taken a toll on her marriage with John Lear. The two soon got separated, following which she got married to Adam West on November 7, 1970. John also remarried later, tying the knot with Marilee, an actress from Mississippi who was also the owner of a successful Las Vegas based movie casting firm.
Marcelle Tagand Lear and Adam West went on to have two children: daughter Nina West, born in 1976, and son Perrin, born in 1979. Her daughter Nina is a model, actress and TV show host who had appeared on Howard Stern's radio show with her father and had hosted 'TV Land Real Estate' in 2002.
Adam Wes was prevtiously married twice; his first marriage was from 1950 to 1956, to his college girlfriend, Billie Lou Yeager, and his second marriage was from 1957 to 1962, to Cook Island dancer, Ngatokorua Frisbie Dawson. He has two children from his second marriage. Marcelle and Adam moved to Ketchum, Idaho in 1990 to focus on their hobbies and personal interests. According to a 2006 article by Whitman College, she pushed him to pursue painting in spare time. They lived happily together for 47 years till his sudden death on June 9, 2017 following a brief battle with leukemia.
Sobering Up Adam West
In an interview with 'Sunday Express', Marcelle Tagand Lear's husband Adam West had credited her for helping him fight alcoholism. He had suddenly rose to fame for his role as the Caped Crusader on television from 1966 to 1968. The show, which shifted focus away from the serious, dark theme of Batman movies to portray a more light-hearted and humorous character, had made him a "rock star" in no time. West, who was single at the time after his two short-lived marriages, became a womanizer much like his on-screen counterpart Bruce Wayne. It is after the show ended that he realized how much his career was affected by getting typecast as Batman, which led him to heavy drinking and made him "very self-destructive". He was eventually able to recover from his alcoholism, partly thanks to her newly married wife Marcelle. He jokingly told 'Sunday Express' that "because she is not understanding – I can’t get away with anything!"