|With third wife Serafina Ferrante, c.1948
Hovhaness married Serafina Ferrante in New York City on April 15, 1947. He was 36, she half his age, having just turned 18. She had attended the Boston Conservatory in the Drama Department and later enrolled Martha Graham's School of Contemporary Dance, but subsequently enjoyed limited success as a dancer. The couple divorced in 1956, but kept in touch for many years.
Photograph: courtesy of Frank Ferrante (from the Serafina Ferrante Hovhaness Letters collection)