Rachelle Short Bio, Wiki
Rachelle Short is best known for being the ex-wife and third wife of Legendary music producer Phil Spector. The Producer had a string of affairs and a couple of marriages in his lifetime. It is being reported that her ex-husband has died while still serving 19 years-to-life for murder, officials announced Sunday, Jan 17th, 2020.
Rachelle Short Age
She is currently 39 years old as of 2021 while her ex-husband was twice her age (81)as at the time of his death.
Rachelle Short & Phil Spector
On September 1, 2006, Spector, while on bail and awaiting trial, married his third wife Rachelle Short, who was 26 at the time. Spector filed for divorce in April 2016, claiming his third wife of 10 years because she is splashing out on luxury sports cars, jets, and homes with his money while he remains behind bars as per TMZ.
Rachelle a former waitress-turned-pilot dropped $350,000 of her husband’s money on a plane in 2016. She became a tabloid figure who maintained his innocence and appeared in court during his murder trial to offer her support.
Phil Spector was found guilty of Shooting Lana Clarkson
Phil was found guilty in 2009 of shooting Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his sprawling California mansion. Spector’s initial trial in 2007 for the murder of Clarkson, who died from a gunshot wound to the head, ended in a deadlocked jury
But a second jury in 2009 found him guilty of second-degree murder with a sentence of 19 years in prison. Throughout both hearings, Spector’s high-priced defence team had claimed that Miss Clarkson killed herself in a fit of despair over her fading film career.
Spector had met the struggling actress, 40, at a Hollywood nightclub where she was working as a hostess at the time, and invited her back to his Alhambra mansion.
Phil Spector other Relationships and Marriages
Spector’s first marriage was in 1963 to Annette Merar, lead vocalist of the Spectors Three, a 1960s pop trio formed and produced by Spector. He named a record company after her, Annette Records.
While still married to Merar, he began having an affair with Veronica Bennett, later known as Ronnie Spector. Bennett was the lead singer of the girl group the Ronettes (another group Spector managed and produced). They married in 1968 and adopted a son, Donté Phillip Spector (born March 23, 1969).
As a Christmas present, Spector surprised her by adopting twins Louis Phillip Spector and Gary Phillip Spector (born May 12, 1966). Bennett alleged in her 1990 memoir, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, And Madness, that Spector had imprisoned her in his California mansion and subjected her to years of psychological torment. According to Bennett, Spector sabotaged her career by forbidding her to perform, and she escaped from the mansion barefoot with the help of her mother in 1972.
In their 1974 divorce settlement, she forfeited all future record earnings and surrendered custody of their children. She alleged that this was because Spector threatened to hire a hitman to kill her.
Spector’s sons Gary and Donté both stated that their father kept them captive as children, and they were forced to simulate sex acts with his girlfriend.
In the 1980s, Spector had twin children with his girlfriend Janis Zavala: Nicole Audrey Spector and Phillip Spector, Jr. (born October 18, 1982). Phillip Jr. died of leukemia on December 25, 1991.
Phil Spector Death & Cause
In the first criminal trial for the Clarkson murder, defense expert Vincent DiMaio asserted that Spector may be suffering from Parkinson’s disease, stating, “Look at Mr. Spector. He has Parkinson’s features. He trembles.”
Department of Corrections photos from 2013 (released in September 2014) shows evidence of progressive deterioration in Spector’s health, according to observers. He had been an inmate at the California Health Care Facility (a prison hospital) in Stockton since October 2013. In September 2014, it was reported that Spector had lost his ability to speak, owing to laryngeal papillomatosis.
Spector died on 16 January 2021 from complications of COVID-19. He was 81 years old.
RIP Phil Spector. A genius irredeemably conflicted, he was the ultimate example of the Art always being better than the Artist, having made some of the greatest records in history based on the salvation of love while remaining incapable of giving or receiving love his whole life.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) January 17, 2021