While divorce is increasingly common in our modern world, it still seems rare that anyone marries more than twice. Already by the time someone is having their third marriage, you can’t help wonder why they’re throwing in more money into a system that clearly has not worked for them in the past. Now imagine a friend of yours is getting married for the fourth or fifth time, is it okay to say something?
Even in the world of Hollywood, getting married more than three times is not especially common. These marriage enthusiasts stand as outliers in an industry where divorce seems to be even more common than in normal life. Surprisingly, there are a lot of really interesting and bizarre stories behind some of these frequent marriers. Chances are, you might not have guessed any of these people were married more than once in the first place! Behind every marriage is a story of love and hate. There are good times and bad times. And let’s not forget that not all marriages end in divorce, some are far more tragic, and in some cases the serial bride or groom remarried because of death.
Not every love story has to last forever, and not every marriage is worth staying in. Keeping that in mind, let’s have a look at some of your favourite celebrities who have married more than 3 times!
15. Liza Minnelli, Married 4 Times
What’s not to love about Liza Minelli? Daughter of Judy Garland, she not only has an incredible voice but isn’t afraid to laugh at herself, as evidenced by her recurring appearance on Arrested Development. Minnelli’s first marriage to entertainer, Peter Allen, in the 1960s ended quite dramatically. Decades later, Minelli would confess, “I married Peter and he didn’t tell me he was gay. Everyone knew but me. And I found out … well, let me put it this way: I’ll never surprise anybody coming home as long as I live. I call first!” Her second husband was producer and director, Jack Haley, Jr. – their marriage lasted 5 years. Her third marriage was to Mark Gero, a sculptor, they were together from 1979 to 1992. Minnelli’s fourth marriage, which also end in divorce, was very documented at the time for their bizarre marriage photos featuring Michael Jackson. Her husband, David Gest (who also has had a lot of plastic surgery) alleged in the divorced that Liza would beat him during drunken furies.
14. Frank Sinatra, Married 4 Times
The only thing more impressive than the list of women from Frank Sinatra‘s four marriages, are all the beautiful women he didn’t marry. Sinatra married four times, his two most high-profile marriages to actresses Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow. Nearly every single one of his marriages fell in part to his adulterous ways, and he often moved from one wife to the next with almost no breathing room. Aside from his four marriages, he has been linked romantically to most of the great beauties of his era, including (but not limited) to Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland and Angie Dickinson. We can’t blame women for falling all over him with his beautiful blue eyes and one in a million voice!
13. Pamela Anderson, Married 4 Times
This Canadian beauty famous for Playboy and Baywatch, has been married four times. Most famously Pamela Anderson married Tommy Lee of Motley Crew after just knowing him for 96 hours (or 4 days). Their marriage lasted three years (they would also date again briefly in 2008), and they would have two children together. Their honeymoon sex tape, reportedly stolen from their home, was the first of many celebrity sex tapes to rock the world in the late 1990s and 2000s. After Tommy Lee, Anderson would marry again years later to another rocker – Kid Rock (boy, does she have a type). Her marriage to Rock lasted barely a year, with many rumors to this day persisting that Kid Rock was unhappy with her cameo in Borat and they had only married because Anderson had been pregnant (she had a miscarriage a couple of weeks before their divorce). Anderson’s two most recent marriages were actually to the same man, producer Rick Salomon (a fun tidbit, Salomon was the man featured in the Paris Hilton sex tape, the more you know!). Their first marriage was annulled, with Salmon citing fraud as the reason. They married again in 2014, but were divorced by end of 2015.
12. Geena Davis, Married 4 Times
If you grew up in the 1980s, you were probably a little in love with Geena Davis. With roles in movies like The Fly and Earth Girls are Easy. Surprisingly, not many people remember that Davis was married to her famous co-star, Jeff Goldblum, whom she starred alongside with on three films. The couple was together for three years, from 1987 to 1990. Davis’ two other early marriages were to a film director, Renny Harlin, and New York Restaurant owner, Richard Emmolo. Davis has been married to her current husband, a plastic surgeon, since 2001. Though Davis had a bit of trouble staying married early on, it doesn’t seem as though any of her exes really hold it against her. After her marriage in 2001, her first husband was commented saying, “If anyone deserves to find happiness, it’s Geena. She’s a wonderful, talented gal who hasn’t had much luck with her marriages, but hopefully, the fourth time will be the charm.” Turns out (at least so far), it was.
11. Muhammad Ali, Married 4 Times
The all-time great, Muhammad Ali liked women nearly as much as he loved boxing – at least based on the amount of times he got married. Right from the start it seemed like Ali was ready to get hitched, marrying his first wife, a cocktail waitress, after just one month of meeting her. That marriage lasted two years. With his next wife, Belinda Boyd, was an author and rapper. The couple had four children together and their marriage lasted ten years. During this time, however, Ali was already straying – fathering at least two children from other women during their marriage. While still married to Boyd, he started seeing actress and model Veronica Porché. They got married in 1977 and divorced in 1986. His last marriage was to a childhood friend, whom he knew since 1964. Ali and Yolanda Williams were together from 1986 until his death in 2016.
10. Christie Brinkley, Married 4 Times
The hottest grandmother in the world, Christie Brinkley has been married a total of four times. Gotta give it to Brinkley, the cast of men she married were from all walks of life and from a variety of different careers. Her first husband was french artist, Jean-François Allaux. Second up, her most high-profile marriage was without a doubt to Billy Joel. Married for a total of 9 years, the couple had one child and still remain friends. Even before that divorce was finalized though, she was already engaged to another man – real-estate developer Richard Taubman. After their divorce she married her fourth husband, Peter Halsey Cook, who was an architect. Their divorce was full of scandal as the pair was dragged through the media when it came to light that Cook was cheating on Brinkley with an 18 year old, and had tried to pay her a large sum of money to keep it quiet. Somehow, we’re not surprised that Brinkley has not been as eager to marry again.
9. Kelsey Grammer, Married 4 Times
The only person on this list who was brave (or stupid) enough to share his marriage on reality television, Kelsey Grammer‘s much-documented marriage to Camille Donatecci did not paint him in a particularly glowing light on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Donatecci was a former Playboy model and the couple apparently met on a blind date. The couple was married from 1997 until their 2011 divorce, and seemed heated with Grammer’s incredible TV success and substance abuse problems – somehow though, it wasn’t even the craziest of his relationships. Before meeting Donatecci, Grammer had married a former exotic dancer, Leigh-Anne Csuhany, but the couple divorced after just one year. The reason? Grammer claims Leigh-Anne was abusive and even pulled a gun on him. Grammer recently married again to a British flight attendant, just a few weeks after his divorce to Donatecci was finalized.
8. William Shatner, Married 4 Times
William Shatner (aka the Captain of the Enterprise) is no stranger to a wedding chapel. While a lightweight compared to some people on this list, he has been married a total of 4 times. His first wife, with whom he had 3 children with, was Canadian actress Gloria Rand. They were married for almost 13 years before they got divorced in 1969. Shatner’s second marriage lasted far longer and ended under tragic circumstances. Married in 1972, Shatner and Marcy Lafferty were together until they divorced in 1996. Shatner’s third marriage was shortly thereafter, to Nerine Kidd Shatner, until her tragic death in 1999. Arriving home one night, Shatner found his wife dead at the bottom of their pool: Her death was ruled an accident. In 2001, Shatner married a fourth and final time to Elizabeth Anderson Martin, they are still together today.
7. Geraldo Rivera, Married 5 Times
While Geraldo Rivera is now more meme than man, he used to be a sorta respected newscaster. Rivera infamously got booted from reporting in Iraq for Fox News, when he revealed far too much information about an upcoming mission (including drawings in the sand) that forced the military to expel him from the nation. He’s also a bit of an internet joke for his bizarre habit of posting half-naked photos of himself. Rivera has been married five times since 1965 and has four children. His most famous wife was his Edith Vonnegut, daughter of the famous author and successful painter. Rivera married his current wife in August 2003, and the couple is still going strong 13 years later.
6. Martin Scorsese, Married 5 Times
Passion and intelligence is sexy, so while it’s a little surprising that Martin Scorsese has tied the knot so many times, it’s not improbable. Responsible for directing some of the greatest films of all time, including Goodfellas, Raging Bull and The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese was a bit of a womanizer in his early days. His most high-profile marriage was to actress Isabella Rossellini, from 1979 to 1983. Literal Hollywood royalty, Rossellini was the daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman, star of Casablanca. Scorsese now seems to have settled down a little and has been married to his current wife, Helen Schermerhorn, since 1999. They have a daughter together, who has appeared in The Aviator and The Departed.
5. Kenny Rogers, Married 5 Times
Country singer Kenny Rogers is no stranger to romance. Considered one of the greatest country singers alive, the man sure loved getting married. Rogers first got married before most of you were even born (hell, before some of your parents were born), when he wed Janice Gordon in 1958. Their marriage would last just two years and would set the scene for many other failed marriages. Unlike some people on this list though, Rogers was often able to make it past ten years before calling it quits. Before his most recent marriage, his two most recent marriages were twelve and fifteen years respectively. He seems to have settled down for the long haul once again (and hopefully for the last time), having been married to his current wife since 1997 – making it his longest marriage to date. Now 77 years old, Rogers is still performing after announcing his retirement last year. He said that his big 2016 tour will be his last.
4. Billy Bob Thornton, Married 6 Times
Most famously married to Angelina Jolie, for a while they were the weird “it” couple of Hollywood. She was one of the most beautiful women in the world, and he was — Billy Bob Thornton. They kept each other’s blood in vials, and there were reports they lived in a dungeon (Thornton denies this). Them being so bizarrely mismatched has long overshadowed the fact that Thornton has been married five other times. Thornton first got married in 1978 (to put things in perspective, Jolie was born in 1975), but divorced three years later. His wives included actresses and Playboy bunnies. He also had a couple of children out of wedlock and was engaged to actress Laura Dern (of Jurassic Park and Blue Velvet), whom he dated for a number of years. While it might have seemed like Thornton would not marry again after Jolie, he tied the knot again in 2014 to longtime girlfriend, Connie Angland.
3. Richard Pryor, Married 7 Times
Maybe the funniest comedian of all time, Richard Pryor had a great passion for women. Married no less than 7 times (to 5 different women), Pryor also had relationships with actresses Pam Grier and Margot Kidder – though they never tied the knot. Unlike most people on this list, it seems that none of Pryor’s marriages lasted very long at all – making it seem the more bizarre that he kept at it. Five of Pryor’s seven marriages end after just one year. Of the two others, one was his second wife, Shelley Bonis – they were married from 1967 to 1969. The other one was Pryor’s remarriage to Jennifer Lee in 2001, which lasted until his death in 2005. Lee always seemed to be there for Pryor at his most vulnerable, including the 1980 incident where he set himself on fire. As of 2014, Lee was still in legal battles with some of Pryor’s children though over the film adaptation of his life story, as his kids argue that Lee took advantage of their father in a weakened state.
2. Larry King, Married 8 Times
For what seemed like an eternity, Larry King was the voice and the face of CNN. Every night he’d go on and deliver in-depth interviews with celebrities, personalities and politicians. It seems that someone as busy as him would hardly have time to date, let alone get married 8 times (to 7 different women). His first marriage was at the tender age of 18, which was annulled just one year later at the request of the girls’ parents. He would marry a number of other times, including Alene Akins, who worked as a bunny in a Playboy club. Akins also had the honor of wedding King a second time, though the pair would divorce less than half a decade later. King’s most recent marriage has also been his longest. In 1997 he wed Shawn Southwick, who is an actress and a TV host. They have two children together, and while the pair did file for divorce in 2010, they opted to stay together. At their tenth anniversary, Southwick joked that she was the only wife to make it to two digits with King. We’re not sure if this makes King a lothario or just a really bad husband.
1. Elizabeth Taylor, Married 8 Times
Long before Elizabeth Taylor stopped marrying new men, she represented Hollywood decadence when it came to love. Married a total of 8 times, this number somewhat represents the truth behind her story. She married Richard Burton, whom she called the love of her life, twice. Another one of her husbands, Mike Todd, died tragically in a plane accident. Considered by some the most beautiful woman in history, like many serial marriers on this list, Elizabeth Taylor was first married at a very young age – believing getting married at 18 would help her gain independence from her parents and the movie studio that employed her. Taylor’s last marriage was to a construction worker, Larry Fortensky and the pair was married at Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch. They would also be divorced. Along with her eight marriages, Elizabeth Taylor had a number of affairs and was also engaged on a number of occasions.