Roscoe Orman, who played the kind and nurturing “dad” Gordon Robinson on the popular children’s show Sesame Street, shacked up with Sharon Orman (pictured above), for 40 years. Roscoe wasn’t married to Sharon per se but after 40 years of living together, such an arrangement is considered a common law union.
After a life together and four children, Sharon claims Roscoe has left her “destitute” and has filed for spousal support after she alleges Roscoe also dumped her for a younger woman.
Sharon, who even took Roscoe’s name, argues she’s entitled to spousal support, and has filed a complaint against Roscoe in New Jersey Superior Court. She states they were “living together as husband and wife for almost 40 years,” and she was named as his wife on mortgages, deeds and tax filings.
Sharon’s lawyer Charles P. Cohen told us: “For more than 39 years, Sharon served as a homemaker and mother, dedicating her life to Roscoe and their four children. She has no savings or financial security, and has now been left homeless and financially destitute as Mr. Orman has left her for a younger woman, without providing any means of support.”
In addition, Roscoe Orman had another child with another woman while they were together and is now married to Kimberley Lamarque, whom he wed in December 2012.
Sharon and Roscoe’s children are now adults and the state of New Jersey, which is where they lived does honor common law marriage in a court of law.