Legendary comic actor who found his greatest success when paired with equally legendary Oliver Hardy. Once their potential was recognized, the pair worked together on hundreds of films, becoming lifelong friends. In 1918, Laurel met actress Mae Dahlberg, who became his common law wife, as she was still married in her native Australia. They would live together until 1925, when Mae decided to return to Australia. It was Mae who suggested he change his stage name to Stan Laurel. He would later marry five times, twice to actress Virginia Rogers, and he would divorce four times, but remain with his fifth wife, Ida Raphael, for 19 years until his death. In 1960, he was given a special Oscar for ‘his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy.’ He died in Santa Monica, California in 1965 from a sudden heart attack and is buried in Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.