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10 Hollywood Marriages That Lasted Less Than 3 Months

  • Nov 2, 2011
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With the Kardashian/Humphries divorce, I got to thinking about marriage in Hollywood. While there are a lot of couples that beat the Hollywood curse, like Kelly Preston and John Travolta, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and plenty of others, Kim is not the first one to end a marriage in under 3 months. I thought it'd be fun to see who else may have used marriage for a publicity stunt or didn't do their marriage homework before walking down the aisle.
Zsa Zsa Gabor & Felipe de Alba

Married: 1 day

Gabor married her 8th husband, Count Felipe de Alba (wonder if there's any relation to Jessica?) and had it annulled the next day. One day! You'd think that a couple could last longer than the wedding day. Maybe they realized that that was going to be it, the only happy time they'd have and after 8 marriages, I'm sure Gabor knew when it wasn't going to work right away.
Mario Lopez & Ali Landry
Married: 2 weeks

Apparently, not saved by the bell, this couple married after 6 years of dating, only to divorce after 2 weeks. Landry said she had strong evidence of Lopez's infidelity.
Tracey Edmonds & Eddie Murphy
Married: 2 weeks

The actor and TV producer wed in Bora Bora and by the time the honeymoon was over, so was their marriage- before they could make it legal in the States.
Drew Barrymore & Jeremy Thomas
Married: 4 weeks

The actress and the bar owner dated for six weeks before getting hitched. A month later, Barrymore filed for divorce. Wow, after six weeks they weren't meant to last forever? I guess that's when the Hollywood timeline starts confusing reality's timeline. In Hollywood, like high school, six weeks seems like, FOREVER.
Ethel Merman & Ernest Borgnine
Married: 4 weeks

Though they both had two failed marriages under their belts, each, that didn't keep them from buying into the old cliche, third times a charm. Apparently, it's not. Borgnine garnered more fan attention than Merman, which made her incredibly jealous. "By the time we got home," Borgnine said, "it was pure hell."
Chris Kattan & Sunshine Tutt
Married: 8 weeks

So, a model and a comedian marry in Yosemite...honestly, I'm surprised it lasted that long. She probably figured the money wasn't worth dealing with him. But, luckily for Kattan he'd heard this joke before and had a prenup all ready.
Nicolas Cage & Lisa Marie Presley
Married: about 2.5 months (108 days)

Nic Cage, a huge Elvis fan, married Presley on the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death. Presley later admitted that the marriage had been a huge mistake. Cage filed for divorce citing that ever popular and mysterious "irreconcilable differences".

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November 07, 2011
Dont they all last less than 3 months
November 08, 2011
You'd think so, wouldn't you? Some of them make it to 4 lol
November 10, 2011
REALLY!??!??!?! 4 months.
November 11, 2011
Yep...I know, and it's even more amazing when they make it past decades! Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, and Ozzy and Sharon are some.
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November 03, 2011
What a great idea for a list! I didn't know about Mario Lopez or Chris Kattan. I do remember reading about the reason Edmonds got rid of Eddie Murphy; she stated she couldn't take his "kinky" taste in bed which apparently he didn't reveal before the marriage. Don't know if it's true or not, but I thought it was amusing LOL
November 03, 2011
Ewwww.....I bet that would be pretty shocking/disturbing lol
November 04, 2011
Yes it would -- what a bummer that would be LOL
November 03, 2011
I didn't know about a lot of these. Chris Kattan and a model? I shoulda gone into da showbiz!
November 03, 2011
No kidding ;p
November 03, 2011
In half of these cases, I can't help but wonder if the poor women realized how silly their names would sound if they adopted the surnames of their husbands...
Zsa Zsa de Alba
Carmen Rodman
Tracey Murphy
Ethel Borgnine
Sunshine Tutt-Kattan
November 03, 2011
By the way, did you know that the marriage between Valentino and Acker actually went on until 1923 when they legally divorced? Up until that time, they were only separated (she sued him for divorce in 1921). There have been numerous Hollywood legends regarding the couple's wedding night and what really happened. Some say that he insisted reenacting his role of "The Sheik" which was one of his most famous parts, however this urban myth has been discredited by virtually all biographers and Hollywood historians for the obvious reason that "The Sheik" didn't come out until after they were married. Another legend says that Valentino was very well endowed and they could not consummate their relationship because of this. The real reason for their incompatibility is equally amusing. Apparently, the reason for the marriage itself was suspect as Jean Acker was gay and involved in a lesbian love triangle. This itself was such a controversy that in order to dispel rumors and ensure that she would be able to find work in films at the time, she decided to marry Valentino, who was a close friend thus giving her an air of respectability. However, when Valentino discovered that Acker was a lesbian and that their marriage was merely for show, that she had no intention of playing the part of his wife in their private lives and that she would not consummate the marriage, he pretty much isolated her and had little to do with her at all. Interestingly, he filed for divorce first, but did not wait for the divorce to be finalized before remarrying, so it legally didn't count and as a result he was accused of bigamy. So, she decided to end it. Still, it did take them a while to do so as there were numerous legal complications including the fact that Jean was referring to herself as "Mrs. Valentino". Oddly, the two later became good friends despite all this.
November 03, 2011
Wow....I didn't know any of that! All accounts note their separation date as the day they ended their marriage. Thanks for the education :) I'm going to have to update the list now!
November 03, 2011
Yeah, some of the scandals back then were pretty interesting. The media likes to make it out that celebrity scandals are a new thing, but they've been going on all along. Even Lon Chaney was involved in a scandal when his first wife, a young dancer and singer named Cleva Creighton became an alcoholic. When Chaney's career as a stage actor began to take off, Cleva became outrageously jealous and refused to raise their son, Lon Chaney, Jr., and one night at one of Chaney's shows they had an argument and she drank a bottle of bichloride of mercury in a failed suicide attempt to spite him. This didn't kill her, but it did ruin her vocal chords and her career. Chaney later divorced her and he and their son never had any contact with Cleva again.
November 03, 2011
Hollywood, actually show business in general, has always had scandals- they just didn't have tabloids. In the beginning of National Enquirer or Star, people would laugh at them and look at them as farce. Now, there's a plethora of tabloid/trash magazines that report any story with hardly any journalistic research or integrity attached. Could you imagine if they had the trash we have now reporting on some of our favorite music/scene/dance stars?
November 03, 2011
Scary thought. Makes one wonder if it wouldn't have also altered the way that the law system worked back then. So often it seems that if there's enough of a scandal (as with O.J. Simpson's murder trial and the Michael Jackson molestation charges) that judges tend to be more lenient out of sympathy for what celebs are going through. Imagine what a difference that would have made for poor Oscar Wilde.
November 03, 2011
It would've made a huge difference! I like how the musical, Chicago, plays that part, using the media to win the cases for the murderesses. You see these guilty women play a part to win over the public and get off scott free from their crimes. I agree on the OJ scandal- he was definitely guilty and got off but, I don't know how many people were sympathetic to him. I know that it was used as a race battle and that may have had some influence on the outcome....the judge may not have wanted to induce race riots.
November 02, 2011
Wow. Amazing that Kim K's marriage lasted longer than all of these. Of course, none of these milked it quite as much as she did. Great list!
November 02, 2011
I know! And I think the only ones that could be accused of milking it worse would be Rodman and Electra LOL
November 02, 2011
Great list.\! I didn't know about half of these. Great idea!
November 02, 2011
Thanks, Michael! I'm glad I could educate a bit ;p
November 02, 2011
Nice! well-thought out, Sam!
November 02, 2011
Thanks Woo!
November 02, 2011
Way to stay committed people.
November 02, 2011
I guess it's the Hollywood curse but, geez, I found some of these a bit surprising like the ones that didn't even last a week!
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