Billie Holiday and Louis McKay Got Married 1 Year After Being Arrested Together

By the time of her death in 1959, jazz musician Billie Holiday had numerous albums, appeared in many films, and sold out at Carnegie Hall. Shortly after her death, she entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and subsequently won four Grammy Awards. Holidays were not a stranger or law-abiding. In fact, during her time, she was arrested several times. One of the police runners had a strange result: a wedding in Hollywood with Louis McKay.

Billie Holiday and Louis McKay had colorful roles and reserves

American jazz singer Billie Holiday in a quick sleep | Charles Hewitt / Getty Images

Following their arrest, Biography.com says the couple married “in Mexico next year.” Unfortunately, like Holiday’s other relationships, McKay and Holiday’s connection quickly disappeared. Some believe he used it to build her success and wealth. “Like many other men in his life, McKay used Holiday’s name and money to promote himself,” Biography.com explained.

According to a Canadian journalist Robert Fulford, a secret conversation about McKay reveals that he may have abused her. “He was threatening to beat her,” Fulford said, as she did something he did not like.

Holiday married several times, but McKay was her last husband. When she died, the two were still married but had become separated. According to NPR, McKay had only decisions regarding her estate and burial. He laid her beside her mother, and today the mother and daughter rest in St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

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