Celebrities seem to get divorced a lot. It happens so often, in fact, that it’s pretty unsurprising when even the longest-tenured couples call it quits. After splitting with a partner, some actors, musicians, or TV personalities are never able to replicate the feeling of love they once shared and never get married again.
However, others are able to reproduce the sensation a bit too easily and find themselves constantly planning their next wedding. Once or twice isn’t unheard of, but six, seven, or eight times? That’s a bit alarming.
Who’s to say why a lot of Hollywood marriages don’t work. Maybe it’s because of the ridiculous schedules that many celebrities have that keep them away from their loved ones. It could also be their personalities that keep them yearning for attention wherever they can get it. Or maybe it’s because celebrities are just too ridiculously good looking and are oft sought after.
There’s no hard science to it, but we do know that there is a crazy number of celebrities who have been unable to stay married yet keep trying over and over again.
It’s time to take a look at the celebrities who have been divorced many times over, as well as the celebs who are in successful relationships that we can all look up to.
With that said, here are the 10 Celebrities Who Can’t Stop Getting Divorced (And 5 Who Are In Successful Marriages).
15. In A Successful Marriage: Denzel Washington
Today, Denzel Washington is one of the most beloved A-listers. As an actor, he has been nominated for eight Academy Awards for films like Malcolm X, Training Day, and most recently for portraying the titular role in 2017’s Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Luckily, he’s always had someone to share all of his success with. Washington met his wife, actress Pauletta Pearson, in 1977, on the set of Wilma. The made-for-TV movie was both of their first on-screen work.
Not only has the couple been married for 34 years, but they even renewed their vows in 1995. The ceremony took place in South Africa and was officiated by Desmond Tutu.
14. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Halle Berry
The Academy Award winning actress has been married three times to a pretty diverse group of men. Her first marriage came in 1993 when she married former MLB outfielder, David Justice. They would remain together until 1997. The divorce led to Berry becoming so depressed that she complicated ending her own life.
However, she remarried four years later– this time to R&B singer Eric Benét. The relationship was infamous for Benét seeking treatment for his love addiction during their time together. After two years of marriage, the two would separate and eventually divorce in 2005.
It would be on the set of the dud of a thriller, Dark Tide in 2010 that Berry would meet her most recent husband, Olivier Martinez. The marriage, the biggest thing to come from the flick, ended in December of 2016.
13. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Demi Moore
Demi Moore’s first marriage happened in 1980 when she was only 18-years-old. A ring wouldn’t be the only thing she got out of it– she would also get her stage surname. After five years, her marriage to musician Freddy Moore would come to an end.
It would be her second marriage that would be the most successful. After a calling off an engagement to her St. Elmo’s Fire co-star Emilio Estevez, Moore would marry Bruce Willis in 1987. Throughout their 13 years together, the couple had three daughters, Rumor, Scout, and Tallulah.
12. In A Successful Marriage: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Not only is Julie Louise-Dreyfus one of the most successful actresses in television history, but she is also in a healthy and strong marriage. The 11-time Emmy Award winner has been married to Brad Hall since 1987.
The two met while attending college at Northwestern University and have been together ever since.
After joining the Chicago-based theatre troupe, The Practical Theatre Company, Louise-Dreyfus and Hall would go on to work together as cast members of Saturday Night Live in 1982.
They also teamed up for the 1986 cult-horror movie Troll, the short-lived sitcom Watching Ellie, and when Hall directed an episode of Veep in 2016.
11. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Sean Bean
Unlucky on screen and unlucky in love. Old Ned Stark’s first marriage was to his high school sweetheart Debra James. He would then meet English actress Melanie Hill while attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The pair had two children together before their marriage ended in 1997.
Bean would wait a full three months before marrying another actress, Abigail Cruttenden. His marriage to Cruttenden, who is the mother of his third child, lasted until 2000.
It would be a decade before Bean would remarry, this time to Georgina Sutcliffe. After this relationship ended due to domestic abuse claims against Bean, he married his current wife, Ashley Moore, in June of 2017.
10. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Gary Oldman
Currently, Gary Oldman is a front-runner to win the Best Actor Oscar at the 2018 Academy Awards and has been fortuitous enough to be cleaning up on the award scene.
Unfortunately, his love life has never been that lucky, as the versatile actor has been divorced four times. His first marriage was from 1987 until 1989 to actress Lesley Manville (who is also nominated for an Oscar this year).
Next up was Uma Thurman. The two met on the set of the 1990 movie State of Grace and would quickly marry before divorce only two years later. His third marriage was to photographer Donya Fiorentino. The couple would go through a tumultuous divorce filled with allegations of abuse.
Seven years later, he would wed Alexandra Edenborough. When their marriage ended in 2015, Oldman blamed the 20-year age difference. He recently married his fifth wife, art curator Gisele Schmidt, in 2017.
9. In A Successful Marriage: Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis is one of Hollywood’s premier Scream Queens, famously starring in the Halloween franchise. Thankfully, her real life isn’t a horror story. The Freaky Friday star has been happily married to writer/director Christopher Guest since 1984.
Not only are the two Hollywood royalty, but Guest is a legitimate Fifth Baron of Great Britain, making Curtis the Lady Haden-Guest. Jamie Lee had her sights set on Guest after seeing him in an issue of Rolling Stone.
According to an essay from O, The Oprah Magazine, “when I turned to a photograph of three men. I looked at the man on the right, wearing a plaid shirt and a waggish smirk. I’d never seen him before, but I pointed at him. ‘I’m going to marry that man.’” The two met in June of 1984 and had their wedding that December.
8. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton has been married 6 times. None of them have yet to go past the five-year mark. This includes his current marriage to Connie Angland.
Despite meeting back in 2003, the couple didn’t wed until 2014. His first marriage was from 1978 until 1980 to Melissa Lee Gatlin. Their daughter, Amanda Brumfield, was convicted of ending someone’s life in 2011.
In 1988, he wed B-movie actress Toni Lawrence. The marriage would also last two years. His third marriage followed suit, as he was with actress Cynda Williams from 1990 until 1992. The very next year would see BBT put a ring on Playboy‘s Pietra Dawn Cherniak.
His next marriage would be his most highly publicized. In 2000, Thornton married Angelina Jolie. It was a whirlwind romance that involved intimate limousine rides and vials of blood that ended in 2003.
7. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Mel Harris
Although she’s not a household name, Mel Harris has been working in Hollywood for over 30 years and has close to 70 acting credits to her name. Her most famous role was that of Hope Steadman on the award-winning ABC drama Thirtysomething.
Harris spent some time in every year from 1978 through 1996 married. Her first four marriages were during this time. The most notable ones were to former Chief Official White House Photographer David Hume Kennerly in 1983 and actor Cotter Smith in 1988.
Her next marriage to LA investment banker Mike Toomey took place in 2001 and lasted until 2006.
Nowadays, Harris is married to Bob Brush, a writer/producer who worked on shows like The Wonder Years and Early Edition. In a preview for Oprah: Where Are They Now? on People, Harris said, “Clearly, I believe in marriage because I’ve kept trying it.”
6. In A Successful Marriage: Ron Howard
Ron Howard has been in show business for 61 years, and for 43 of those years he’s been married to the same woman. Besides having a lifetime of fame, Howard managed to meet the love of his life, Cheryl Alley, while they were both in high school. The couple would marry when they were 21.
They have been together from the end of his acting career, through his entire career as a director and producer. As a nod to his wife’s decades and decades of unwavering support, Howard has put her in many of his movies including Splash, Apollo 13, and The Da Vinci Code.
In an interview with HuffPost, Howard credits his long-lasting marriage to good luck, compatibility, and his wife’s “good patience.”
5. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Larry King
The television host’s first marriage took place in 1952 when he and his high school sweetheart were both 18. After their parents disapproved, the two annulled their union.
In 1961, King would marry Annette Kay, who is the mother of his first child, Larry Jr. This marriage hardly lasted, and before the year was over, King had married Alene Akins, a Playboy model. They would only be married for two years.
King’s next wife was Mickey Sutphin, who is the mother of King’s first daughter. After his marriage to Sutphin ended in 1967, King would once again try to make things work with Akins. The two would remarry the following year.
His next two marriages were to Sharon Lepore, a production assistant, in 1976 and businesswoman Julie Alexander in 1989.
4. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Elizabeth Taylor
When most people think about celebrities who have gone through divorce after divorce, they think of Elizabeth Taylor. The Hollywood icon was married eight times to seven different men. Her first marriage was an eight-month union with Conrad Hilton Jr., the Hilton Hotel heir.
She next married Michael Wilding from 1952 until 1957. Marriage number three also lasted less than a year when her husband, producer Mike Todd, died in a plane crash.
The very next year she would wed actor/singer and ex-husband of her best friend, Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher. Marriages five and six were both to Richard Burton.
In 1976, Liz married John Warner, who would go on to become a senator. Her final marriage was to construction worker Larry Fortensky, who she met during a stint in the Betty Ford Clinic. The two married at the most romantic place on earth– Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
3. In A Successful Marriage: Richard Jenkins
When Richard Jenkins first met his wife, Sharon Friedrick, they both attended Illinois Wesleyan University. She was a dancer, while he was an actor. Eventually, they were both cast in a summer stock ballet based on Adam and Eve. She played Eve and he played the snake. They haven’t looked back since.
Unlike a lot of entries on this list, Jenkins didn’t find immediate success on the big screen. It wouldn’t be until the ‘80s, when he was in his 40s, that his career would begin to take off. Thankfully, he already had close to twenty years of a solid relationship behind him to withstand the hardships that come with being a struggling actor.
With his wife by his side, Jenkins is now a well-respected actor. He’s starred in shows like Six Feet Under, and movies like The Visitor and The Shape of Water, both of which earned him Academy Award nominations.
2. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Jerry Lee Lewis
Pianist Jerry Lee Lewis is about as famous for his marriages as he is for recording “Great Balls of Fire”. Lewis married his first wife, Dorothy Barton, when he was 14-years-old.
Before his divorce was finalized, Lewis had wed Jane Mitchum. The two remained together for four years before he infamously married his first cousin once removed, Myra Gale Brown. To top things off, Brown was 13-years-old.
Lewis’ next two marriages would end in tragedy, his fourth wife drowned and his fifth overdosed. In 1984, he would enter his longest marriage when he wed Kerrie McCarver– the couple stayed together until 2005.
His most recent wedding took place on March 9, 2012, at the ripe old age of 76 to Judith Brown. If that last name sounds familiar, it’s because Judith Brown is the former wife of Rusty Brown, the brother of Myra Gale.
1. Can’t Stop Getting Divorced: Jennifer O’Neill
The Brazilian actress and model tops this list with one more marriage than either Larry King and Elizabeth Taylor. A dubious honor to say the least. Since her first wedding in 1965, Jennifer O’Neill never went more than three years without having a husband.
When her initial marriage ended in 1971, she moved on to Joseph Roster. That didn’t work out and the CoverGirl model spent a year with Nick De Noia from 1975 through 1976. Her fourth husband was Jeff Barry, one of the writers of The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar”. O’Neill would finish the ‘70s with a wedding to John Lederer.
She wed Richard Alan Brown, a limo driver, twice– once in 1986 and again in 1993. In between these was a marriage to Neil L. Bonin that lasted five months.
In 1996, O’Neill marriage Mervin Sidney Louque. This would be her ninth and (as of now) final marriage.
Can you think of any other actors who have been married multiple times or are still in successful marriages? Sound off in the comment section!
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