Michelle Marvin testified yesterday she became pregnant three times during the six years she lived with actor Lee Marvin and that she had abortions which have left her unable to bear children.
Two of the pregnancies were terminated by her at Marvin's request, she said, and a third ended in a miscarriage.
The 46-year-old former singer who is suing Marvin for $1 million for breach of contract in their unmarried companionship from 1964 to 1970 said in her second day of testimony that she wanted to have a child but Marvin did not.
She said Marvin told her he wanted her to have an abortion and that she did so.
She said she first became pregnant in 1965.
"Lee was very sweet," she said.
"He said he knew a doctor who could give me some shots and if it worked out that would be wonderful."
She said the shots worked and her pregnancy ended.
The second pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and in 1967, she said, she became pregnant again and Marvin persuaded her to have an abortion.
"As a result of that abortion, do you understand that you're not able to bear children?" asked her attorney Marvin Mitchelson.
"Yes, I have scars and I can't bear children," she said, blinking away tears in her eyes.
She completed her direct testimony shortly before noon and immediately came under a biting cross-examination by Lee Marvin's lawyer, David Kagon, who sought to show that she may never have been pregnant.
He inquired about the identity of the doctor who gave her the shots but Superior Court Judge Arthur K. Marshall ruled that such information and the identity of the physican who performed the abortion should be furnished to him privately in chambers.
Lee Marvin, 56, listened without expression as the petite, auburnhaired witness told of the final days of their affair.
Michelle Marvin -- who legally changed her name to his in 1970 -- said Marvin was drinking heavily and on one occasion at the Mint Hotel in Las Vegas was holding a girl by one leg and dangling her outside the window of a hotel room where a party was under way.
"I was asleep in a bedroom when I was awakened by someone screaming," she said. "I put on a robe and went into the living room and saw Lee holding a girl outside a window by one leg.
"Lee had been drinking and the room was full of people," she continued.
"I pulled Lee away and managed to get the girl into the room. I told everybody to leave and not to come back," she said.
She said she had joined Al-Anon, a group dedicated to assisting the kin of problem drinkers.
Michelle Marvin also recalled that the actor had suddenly left their beach house in Malibu in May 1970, and that she tracked him to the Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., and asked him to come back.
"Lee told me that his drinking obviously was bugging me and making me unhappy," she said. "He said drinking was part of his life and that I was acting nervous and uptight, that I wasn't much fun any more and couldn't get off the subject."
She said she told him that it was not just his problem but also hers and that they returned to Malibu briefly.
On an evening late in May 1970, she said, they were alone when Myer Mishkin, Marvin's press agent, telephoned and berated her for seeking out Marvin. She said they had an angry exchange and that she became very upset and ran out of the house to her car with Marvin following and trying to get the keys.
She said she backed out of the road onto Pacific Coast Highway and almostran into a police cruiser. She refused to get out of the car, she said, and as a consequence she was taken to jail where she spent most of the night before being bailed out by comedian Milton Berle and his wife.
A short time thereafter, she said, Marvin's attorney, Lou Goldman, telephoned her and told her "Lee wants you out of the house." She said she went to see Goldman and he told her that Marvin had agreed to pay her a little more than $800 a month.
She said she told him Marvin had agreed to care for her for the remainder of her life.
"Mr. Goldman told me he didn't care what Lee had promised. He said you better take what you can get and don't make him mad. He said I had no legal claim on him. I was frightened. I felt like I had been pushed around and dismissed."
She said she went back to the beach house, but within a short time Goldman and Kagon appeared and Kagon told her that if she didn't get out he would call the sheriff and have her forcibly evicted.
"I said I wasn't going. I became hysterical and screamed that he killed my babies and that I wouln't go."
She stayed a few more days and then moved out and began receiving checks until November in the amount of $1,050 a month which left her $800 after taxes. Then the payments stopped altogether.
She said Goldman had told her she had "better be a good little girl" and that apparently Marvin decided she had not.
Michelle Marvin, the first witness in the trial, had testified Tuesday how she met Marvin and later moved in with him. She said he promised she would "always be taken care of" if she gave up her career to be with him.
Lee Marvin sat at his attorney's table, listening intently but showing no emotion. He is accompanied to court daily by his wife, Pamela, a former sweetheart he married after breaking up with Michelle Marvin.
Michelle Marvin said they met in 1964 on the set of "Ship of Fools" in which she had a bit part, and began lunching together, which led to long talks over dinner and cocktails about the recent breakup of her marriage and how unhappy he was in his.
"Did you become intimate with Mr. Marvin?" asked Mitchelson.
"About two week after we first began dating."
Michelle Marvin had a sore throat and her replies were often barely audible.
From the very first, she said, the actor shied away from marriage as "just a piece of paper."
"He said he felt the minute two people signed a piece of paper their problems started and they began waving the paper at each other," she said. "He said when two people loved one another there was no need for that piece of paper."