Some celebrities, just like the rest of us, struggle in their love lives. While great romances between stars still draw crowds, (looking at you, Angelina and Brad) the collapse of celebrity marriages captivates audiences as well. Interest in the who, what, where and why around a celebrity divorce is also large; we want to understand what happened, and why it happened. And when a celebrity marries and divorces multiple times, there’s a kind of fascination that such an enormously successful person is, after all, a human being, unable to figure it all out.
Kim Kardashian was twenty when she eloped with music producer Damon Thomas, who was thirty at the time, in Vegas. He was a well-known producer who had worked with Pink and Lionel Richie, among other artists. In 2004, the couple divorced, with Kim claiming in court documents that Damon was physically abusive and told her she needed to get liposuction in order to be a “perfect” wife. Next up was basketball star Kris Humphries, who proposed seven months after meeting Kim, with a 20.5-carat, $2 million ring. She said yes, and then they divorced after only 72 days.
Toward the end of her divorce proceedings from Kris, rumors started swirling that Kim was dating Kanye West, the world famous rapper and producer. The rumors were correct. Kanye proposed at AT&T park in San Francisco, and Kim and Kanye were married. They remain married and have two children, daughter North and son Saint.
Demi Moore wed musician Freddy Moore, who was twelve years her senior. That marriage lasted five years. A few years later, Demi married actor Bruce Willis. They seemed deep in love, and had three children, all girls: Rumor, Tallulah, and Scout. Sadly, Demi and Bruce divorced eleven years later.
After her divorce from Bruce, Demi was single and focused on mothering her girls, until she met young actor Ashton Kutcher. While they were occupying the same hotel, Ashton overheard Demi helping her daughter’s do their homework, and wanted to meet this involved mother. Ashton and Demi married in 2005, and in 2011, announced their split. After struggling in court over money, they finally divorced in 2013.
J-Lo has been married three times and told W magazine that she loves the movie The Notebook, and the dream of growing old with someone. Jennifer Lopez was married to Ojani Noa from 1997 to 1998, a short marriage.
Lopez then married her backup dancer, Cris Judd, from 2001 to 2002. She was engaged to actor Ben Affleck, but the engagement was canceled. She then married her old friend and famous singer, Marc Anthony, from 2004 to 2014. They had twins, Max and Emme, and the divorce was extremely hard for Lopez. She was quoted in US Magazine as saying that very soon in the marriage, she “knew it wasn’t right.”
Drew Barrymore is a beloved actress who has been working since she was a very young child. In 1994, at nineteen years old, she married bar owner Jeremy Thomas, and they split two months later. In 2001 Barrymore married comedian Tom Green. Green filed for divorce about five months later of the same year, and they were divorced late 2002.
Barrymore’s last marriage was to Will Kopelman. They were married in 2012 and their first daughter was born soon afterward. Barrymore reportedly saw Kopelman as the family man she thought she needed. Barrymore and Kopelman had another daughter before separating and filing for divorce in 2016.
Elizabeth Taylor, one of the most iconic actresses, was married and divorced a staggering eight times. Her most famous marriage and love, by far, was to actor Richard Burton. They had a passionate, devoted relationship that was well chronicled in photos. Taylor and Burton were married twice, in 1964 and again in 1975.
Taylor also married and divorced hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr., British actor Michael Wilding (with whom she had two sons), producer Mike Todd (with whom she had a daughter), actor Eddie Fisher, Senator John Warner, and construction worker Larry Fortensky. They bizarrely married on Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, after meeting in a rehab for addiction.
Oscar-winning, Titanic actress Kate Winslet has been married three times, divorced twice. Her first marriage was in 1998, when Winslet married film director Jim Threapleton. They met while on the set of one of his films. After having their daughter, Mia, they were divorced in 2001.
Winslet married director Sam Mendes in 2003 and their son, Joe, was born that same year in New York City. The couple divorced in 2011. Winslet next met Ned Rocknroll, and they were later married in a private ceremony in New York in 2012. Their son, uniquely named Bear Blaze Winslet, was born in 2013. They remain married.
Christie Brinkley became famous as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. One of the original supermodels, she has been married and divorced four times. Her first marriage to French artist Jean-François Allaux lasted a few short years and ended in 1981. She then married Billy Joel in 1985 (he reportedly wrote the song ‘Uptown Girl’ after her) and they had a daughter, Alexa. Brinkley and Joel divorced in 1994.
That same year Brinkley married real-estate developer Richard Taubman, and had a son. They divorced within a year. Brinkley next married architect Peter Cook, and they had one daughter together. This marriage ended badly, painfully, and in a protracted court battle, as Cook had a pornography addiction and cheated during the marriage.
Tom Cruise is one of the world’s most famous movie stars and has a history of well-known, lengthy relationships and marriages. His first marriage was to actress Mimi Rogers, who was 10 years older than Cruise (she was 31 and he was 21) in 1987. They divorced in 1990, after Cruise met and fell in love with actress Nicole Kidman on the set of their movie Days of Thunder.
Kidman and Cruise were married in 1990 and adopted two children, Bella and Connor, during their ten-year marriage. Cruise left Kidman in one of the most widely publicized divorces of any celebrity couple. Kidman has gone on record saying the divorce came as a complete shock to her, while Cruise was quoted as saying that Kidman “knows why” they divorced. Cruise later married actress Katie Holmes. They had one daughter, Suri, and then divorced in 2012.
Pamela Anderson became famous for her Baywatch role and Playboy spreads. She also had a well-publicized love life, beginning with her marriage in 1995 to tattooed rocker Tommy Lee, whose face she famously licked the first time she met him. They married after a week and had two sons together.
In 2006, Pamela Anderson married another tattooed rocker, Kid Rock. They were married less than four months, however, and had no children together. Anderson then married Rick Salamon, in 2007, a marriage which lasted only a year…the first time. They married again, in 2014, and the marriage was possibly annulled, or they divorced. Since that divorce, Anderson has been casually dating and has not been seriously connected to anyone publicly.
Halle Berry is a respected, Oscar winning actress with a tumultuous relationship history. She was first married to MLB player, David Justice, in 1993. They divorced in 1996, and Justice recently tweeted some revealing thoughts on Halle Berry, saying that she was the cause behind her failed relationships, due to her unhealthy behaviors.
Berry next married actor/singer Eric Benét in 2001, and they were married until 2005. Berry discussed this divorce on Oprah, as her husband had cheated, and then gone to rehab for sex addiction before their divorce. Halle Berry then married serious actor Olivier Martinez, in 2013. They had a daughter together and divorced three years later in 2016. Berry later had a son with another actor.
Larry King, journalist and commentator has been married a mind-boggling seven times! He first married his high school sweetheart Frada Miller in 1953, a marriage which was quickly annulled. He then married Annette Kaye in 1960 and that marriage lasted barely a year, but Annette was pregnant and did not tell King. She had a son who she did not tell King about until 30 years later when she was dying. King and his son then formed a relationship. Next, King married Playboy bunny Alene Akins, and they had children Chaia and Andy before divorcing two years later in 1963.
King then married Mickey Sutphin and they had a daughter, Kelly. Sutphin and King divorced in 1971 after two years of marriage. King then remarried Alene Atkins in 1968 and they divorced two years later, again. He then married Sharon Lepore, a teacher, in 1976 and they divorced in 1983. King then married Julia Alexander and they divorced after four years and Larry King’s slander case against her. King then married Shawn Southwick and they had two sons, Chance and Cannon.
The former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs is considered America’s first supermodel. Cheryl Tiegs has been married four times, although she is single at the moment. Her first husband was Stan Dragoti, a film director whom she married in 1970 and remained married to for nine years.
Next, Tiegs was married to Peter Hill Beard, in 1981. She divorced the artist in 1983 and then married Gregory Peck’s son, Anthony Peck in 1990. After five years of marriage, they divorced in 1995. Tiegs then met and married Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, whom she married in 1998 and divorced in 2001.
Lorenzo Lamas was a well-known TV star of the show Renegade and acted in many movies as well. His first marriage was very short; Lamas married Victoria Hilbert from 1981 to 1982. Lamas’ second marriage was in 1983, to his then-publicist.
After having a daughter, Paton, out of wedlock, Lamas married Kathleen Kinmont, the daughter of his Falcon Crest co-star and his Renegade co-star, in 1989. They divorced in 1993. Lamas’ fourth wife was Playmate model Shauna Sand. They married in 1996 and had three daughters: Alexandra, Victoria, and Isabella Lorenza. Lamas divorced Sand in 2002. Their divorce was bitter and extremely costly for Lamas. In 2011, Lamas married Shawna Craig in Mexico, after a half year of dating.
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton is a well known serious actor who has been married a surprising six times. His first marriage in 1978 to Melissa Gatlin lasted only until 1980 and produced a daughter who is sadly serving 20 years in prison for the manslaughter of a one-year-old child. His second marriage, to Toni Lawrence in 1986, lasted only two years also.
Apparently, he is fond of the two-year clause, because his next marriage to actress Cynda Williams also lasted two years, from 1990 to 1992. Thorton next wed Petra Dawn Cherniak, the Playboy model, with whom he had two sons. He most famously wed Angelina Jolie, leaving actress Laura Dern for Jolie and wearing vials of each other’s blood around their neck. They were married two years. His last marriage was to Connie Angland in 2014. They have a daughter, Bella.
Singer and actress Liza Minnelli is one of the most famous American songbirds and actress, and of course the daughter of the amazing Judy Garland. Liza Minnelli has been married four times over her life.
Liz Minnelli’s first marriage was with entertainer Peter Allen, and ended after seven years, in 1974. Also in 1974 she married producer and director Jack Haley Jr., and they were married until 1979. After this, Minelli entered her longest marriage, to artist Mark Gero. They were married thirteen years. Her last marriage was to concert promoter David Gest, and lasted from 2002 until 2007. They had a very public and difficult divorce, and Minnelli has not since married again.
Danielle Steel is a world famous and incredibly rich romance novel writer. Her first marriage was in 1965 to banker Claude-Eric Lazard when she was only eighteen. They were married for nine years. Quickly after their divorce, Steel married Danny Zugelder, but that marriage ended in divorce when Zugelder was convicted of sexual assault.
Her next marriage, to William Toth, lasted only three years. After this marriage, Steel met wine merchant John Trania, and they married in 1981. They remained married for seventeen years. The year they were divorced, Steel married Tom Perkins, a venture capitalist. In 2002, they were divorced, and so far, Steel has not married again.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a beloved entertainer who emigrated to the United States in 1941. She was in films alongside greats such as Marilyn Monroe and Ginger Rogers. She once famously said, “I am a perfect housekeeper: every time I divorce I keep the house.”
Her first marriage was to Turkish political writer Burhan Asaf Belge in 1937. They divorced in 1941. Her next marriage lasted five years and was to hotelier Conrad Hilton. Zsa Zsa Gabor also married actor George Sanders, investment banker Herbert Hutner, Joshua S. Cosden, Jr., “Barbie” doll designer Jack Ryan, and Michael O’Hara. Her marriage to actor Felipe de Alba was annulled after one day! Zsa Zsa married Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt in 1986, and they remained married until her death in 2016.
Lana Turner is one of America’s greatest movie stars from the old days of Hollywood. She was married a stunning eight times and like others on this list, twice to the same man. In 1940 she married bandleader Artie Shaw but the turbulent union lasted only four months. Next, she married actor Joseph Stephen Crane in 1942, then divorced him in 1943 when she discovered that his previous divorce had yet to be finalized. They remarried that same year, but divorced for good in 1944.
Next, she married socialite Henry J. Topping, then actor Lex Barker, rancher Fred May, movie producer Robert Eaton and her last husband was nightclub performer Ronald Dante. This was a total of seven husbands and eight divorces. Lana Turner was quoted as saying, “My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around.”
James Cameron is the famous movie director of movies like Aliens and Titanic. He has been married five times. His first marriage was to Sharon Williams, from 1978 to 1984, when they divorced. His second marriage, to Gale Anne Hurd, began almost as soon as his first ended: they were married in 1985 and divorced in 1989.
James Cameron’s third marriage was to actress Linda Hamilton, who said that being married to Cameron was “terrible on every level.” They were married for two years. Cameron then married Kathryn Bigelow, the award-winning director. They were married from 1989 to 1991. His last marriage to Suzy Amis Cameron began in 2000 and they remain married.
The beloved talk show host and journalist has been married four times. Her first husband was Robert Henry Katz, a business executive and former Navy lieutenant. They married in 1955 and had their marriage annulled after less than a year. Walter’s second husband was Lee Guber, a theatrical producer and theater owner. They were married in 1963 and had one daughter, Jacqueline. Guber and Walters divorced in 1976.
Her last husband was her last husband twice! Yes, her third husband and last husband was Merv Adelson, the CEO of Lorimar Television. They first married in 1981 and divorced in 1984, and then they remarried in 1986 and divorced again in 1992. Walters has never remarried and remains close to her daughter, who she named after her late sister, who passed from cancer years ago.