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Victoria May "Miss Vicki" Budinger (b. 1951), briefly famous as Tiny Tim's wife, was seventeen years old when she married the singer, who was almost twice her age, on The Tonight Show on December 17, 1969.
The wedding was seen by an estimated 58 million viewers. The cake was seven feet tall, and 10,000 tulips were used as decoration. The couple honeymooned in Bermuda.
The couple met when Budinger, a fan, asked Tiny Tim to sign a book of his poetry at Wanamaker's Department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 3, 1969. He was smitten, tracked her down and arranged another meeting. They conducted long-distance relationship by phone as he toured; he asked her to marry him in August and announced the engagement on the Tonight Show in September. Johnny Carson invited him to have the wedding televised.
The couple's first child was stillborn, but the couple had a girl, Tulip Victoria, on May 10, 1971. Against Tim's wishes, Miss Vicki struck out on a modeling career, and began an affair with male model John Carmen. She filed for divorce on March 6, 1972; the divorce was granted in 1977. Miss Vicki briefly made headlines in 1994 as the girlfriend of Rabbi Fred Neulander, when he was arrested for the murder of his wife.
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