The term “til death do us part” has been thrown out of the window over the past couple of decades. Nearly half of marriages in the United States wind up in divorce. Some celebrities are known more for their marriages than their actual career, whether it’s Britney Spears’ 55-hour marriage to Jason Alexander or the infamous Carmen Electra/Dennis Rodman marriage. The following celebrities have tried numerous times to make their marriages work, but they simply fell apart at the end.
The first person on the list will go down as the most divorced celebrity of all time.
10. Zsa Zsa Gabor
The late Zsa Zsa Gabor was one of the most glamorous actresses to ever step foot in Hollywood. She was also known for dropping men like flies; the Hungarian was married to nine different men during her life. Her list of ex-husbands includes Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton and Barbie Doll co-creator Jack Ryan.
9. Richard Pryor
While Richard Pryor was one of the most influential comedians of all time, his love life took several hits with five different marriages. Most of these divorces were rumored to have spawned from Pryor being physically abusive. He was remarried to his fourth wife Jennifer Lee nearly 20 years after their divorce in 1982.
8. Elizabeth Taylor
Beloved actress Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed the married life so much that she did it eight times. A week after her divorce from Michael Wilding was finalized, she married her third husband Michael Todd, who died in a plane crash days after their one year wedding anniversary. Months after his death, she started dating husband number four Eddie Fisher, who was still married to Debbie Reynolds. While that marriage was on the rocks, she began dating her next ex Richard Burton.
This next person made headlines for their alleged domestic abuse.
7. Liza Minnelli
Much like her mother Judy Garland, iconic actress Liza Minnelli isn’t the best when it comes to finding love. Her marriage to fourth husband David Gest drew national attention when the promoter accused the star of physically abusing him during their 16 month marriage. The award winning star has been single ever since.
6. Christie Brinkley
While model Christie Brinkley’s most noticible marriage was to singer Billy Joel, the Los Angeles resident found herself in a publicized battle with her fourth husband Peter Halsey Cook. In 2008, Cook admitted to cheating on her with Diana Bianchi, who was 18 years old at the time. During the divorce proceedings, it was also revealed that he was very physical with her children.
5. Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth had an astonishing movie career in the ’40s, but her five marriages nearly cost her everything. She was nearly broke when she divorced her first husband Edward Judson, and her marriages to Prince Aly Khan and final husband James Hill both ended due to mental abuse. Let’s not forget about Dick Haymes, who publicly assaulted Hayworth at a nightclub.
The next individual just can’t find themselves the right “Loverboy.”
4. Mariah Carey
Platinum selling singer Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” has been very blurry throughout her career. Her marriage to manager Tommy Mottola ended after five years due to constant battles with the direction of her music. While she gave birth to two kids with her second husband Nick Cannon, things between the two of them fell apart. With rumors of Carey cheating on Cannon with Nas, the two ended things in 2016. Before the divorce was final, Carey started dating billionaire James Packer. They were engaged in January 2016, but they called it off 10 months later due Carey making an advance on one of her dancers.
3. Frank Sinatra
Before iconic New Jersey singer Frank Sinatra could find true happiness with his wife Barbara, he had a few speed bumps along the way. His marriage to his first wife Nancy Barbato ended after he was caught having an affair with Ava Gardner, who would become his second wife. His relationship with Ava turned sour with many public fights, and the two divorced in 1957. At the age of 50, Sinatra married his third wife Mia Farrow when she was 21. The two divorced after Farrow turned down a role in Sinatra’s film The Detective.
2. Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan and her character Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls have one thing in common: their lust for men. Unfortunately, the actress’ real life relationships with men were nothing but a downward spiral. Before landing the beloved role, she was married five times. Her fourth husband Gus Fisher sued her for an undisclosed amount.
The last person on the list went through a whirlwind of troubles with their marriages.
1. Lana Turner
Oscar-nominated actress Lana Turner was known for having numerous lovers in her life. Her marriage to Joseph Stephen Crane had to be annulled because he was still married to his previous wife Carol Ann Kurtz. Her 1953 marriage to Lex Barker took a turn for the worse when she forced him out of the home at gunpoint after molestation claims from her daughter Cheryl. After her 1972 divorce from her seventh husband Ronald Pellar, who allegedly stole $100,000 worth of jewelry from her, Turner gave up on the married life. She famously stated, “My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around.”
Because of their fast-paced lifestyle, many celebrities tend to make getting to the altar just as fast. Due to this kind of behavior, they really miss out on really getting to know the other person before making such a big step.
What are your thoughts on the list? Are there other celebs out there constantly finding love in the all the wrong places? Will any star ever be able to top Zsa Zsa Gabor’s record of nine separate spouses? Let us know in the comment section below, and don’t forget to share with your friends and family!