Where is Harriet Tendler now? Her life before and after the divorce from Charles Bronson


Harriet Tendler is an American radio host and author who is more popular as the ex-wife of the late Hollywood action star Charles Bronson. He is best known for his action and war films such as; Man with a camera, 4 for Texas, Guns of Diabloand much more.

In addition to her career, she is a proud mother of two children. She has these children in a marital relationship with her then-husband, Bronson. The couple had a love marriage and she was the actor’s first wife. Although the duo’s marriage lasted for years, it couldn’t last forever. So, what was the reason behind their divorce? Has she moved on with her new husband or boyfriend? What is she doing these days?

Check out the piece below to learn some interesting facts about Harriet Tendler (aka Harriet Bronson). Also know about her love life, age, kids and everything else.

Harriet Tendler Age and Parents; Her biography

The beautiful Harriet was born in 1929, making her 93 years old in 2022. She grew up in a Jewish family in Philadelphia, USA. Harriet also belongs to white ethnicity and is of American nationality.

Calling her parents, her father was a thriving Jewish dairy farmer. However, she has not disclosed his name or her mother’s identity. Since her father was referred to as a ‘widowed farmer’s wife’, it is clear that her mother had died at a young age.

As a teenager, Harriet enrolled at the Bessie V. Hicks School of Stage, Screen and Radio in her hometown of Philadelphia in 1947. There she met the love of her life, Charles Bronson. Want to know more about their relationship? To scroll down!

Harriet Tendler and her ex-husband Charles Buchinsky’s decade-long marriage; How did she first meet him?

Harriet was only 18 years old when she met her 26-year-old ex-husband Charles Bronson. His real name at the time was Charles Dennis Buchinsky, which he later changed to Bronson. As mentioned above, the two met at the school where Buchinsky was eight batches her senior. They both wanted to pursue careers in acting.

Harriet Tendler with her husband Charles Bronson
Harriet Tendler and her ex-husband Charles Bronson
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Later, after dating for a while, the ex-couple decided to tie the knot. Anyway, Harriet’s father wasn’t too happy with their relationship, since Buchinsky was Catholic and she was Jewish. In addition, the groom at the time did not have a good source of income and then worked in a coal mine. On their first date, he only had four cents in his pocket.

Nevertheless, Harriet and her ex-beau managed to convince her father. Tendler and her then-boyfriend Bronson finally walked down the aisle in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 30, 1949. She supported him through his hard times and they were together for over a decade. Still, the couple broke up in 1965.

Tendler had two children with her husband

Although the couple broke up, Harriet and her partner Charles had two beautiful children during their marriage. After their marriage, the ex-duo finally welcomed their first bundle of joy on February 27, 1955, naming her Suzanne Bronson. After a six-year hiatus, the couple gave birth to another son, Tony Bronson, in February 1961.

The ex-husband of Harriet Tendler and their daughter Suzanne Bronson
Harriet Tendler’s ex-husband Charles Bronson with their daughter Suzanne Bronson

Tendler raised her children all by herself, as her husband was away for work most days. She stayed at home and looked after her children while her ex-partner made her way through Hollywood.

Reason behind Harriet and Charles Bronson’s divorce

Harriet went out of his way to support her husband during the difficult phase and raised their children alone. On the other hand, Bronson had an affair with his co-actress Jill Ireland, who was younger than him.

Harriet Tendler's ex-husband Charles Bronson with his second wife Jill Ireland
Harriet Tendler’s ex-husband Charles Bronson with his second wife Jill Ireland
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He became one of the most successful actors in Hollywood with his wife holding him back, but it was Jill who finally got in the way. But according to Harriet, the reason behind their aloofness wasn’t his affair with the actress, but her husband’s handling of fame.

Moreover, in an interview with WAMG, the celebrity’s wife even said that Charles was only in the business for the money. So he wasn’t interested in looking at his work, but he was always preoccupied with what happened next.

Did Harriet Tendler remarry after her divorce?

No, there is no information that she is in a romantic relationship with anyone after her divorce. She was busy and happy in her career and had no need for another partner.

Meanwhile, his ex-husband married his co-actress Jill Ireland, with whom he had an affair. They married on October 5, 1968 and had a biological daughter Zuleikha Bronson. Sadly, on May 18, 1990, she died of breast cancer at their home in Malibu, California, at the age of 54.

Charles Bronson married Kim Weeks for the third time in December 1998. The couple was together for five years until his death.

The Death of Harriet’s Former Husband Charles Bronson

As Charles Bronson’s health worsened every day in his later days, he also underwent hip surgery in August 1998. He then decided to retire.

Charles Bronston was an actor
Harriet Tendler’s late husband Charles Bronston

His reports cited the reason for his death as pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. However, his death certificate stated that he died of respiratory failure and metastatic lung cancer.

The legendary actor breathed his last at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is buried in Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor, Vermont.

Tendler’s health is also not in good shape

According to Harriet’s interview with… WAMG, she struggles with her health condition. She had breast cancer and also lung cancer. Not only this, she underwent three surgeries for her fractured femur. However, she somehow manages her old days.

The Career of Charles Bronson’s First Wife Harriet Tendler

Although Harriet Bronson wanted to be an actress, she eventually became a radio talk show host on Los Angeles stations. Before that, she even worked as a salesman in a store to support her ex-husband and children. Being busy managing her job and kids, she never really got time to think about her career.

Anyway, she started her profession after her divorce from her ex-husband. Tendler had then put her acting career aside to support her former partner’s difficult period, but she was betrayed. But as we say, everything happens for good, it helped her find her own voice and make her own identity.

She is also an author who has published three books, including the latest “Charlie and me.” Although she says this book is about her and Charles, it is also about the first women to marry ambitious men. It’s about their suffering and the emotional battle they fight.

What is Harriet’s net worth?

Since Harriet hasn’t disclosed her total net worth, we don’t know exactly how much money she makes. However, according to multiple tabloids, Bronson’s first wife has amassed a net worth of $1 million to $5 million during her career.

On the other hand, her ex-husband Charles Bronson had a total net worth of $65 million at the time of his death. In fact, he was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood charging $1 million per movie.


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