Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number When It Comes To Divorce: Couples Who Called It Quits Late In Life
A successful marriage takes a lot of hard work, compassion and compromise. While it was virtually unheard of years ago, more and more couples are getting divorced late in life. Here are 15 couples that almost stood the test of time.
When Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman met, it was a match made in heaven. The two actors tied the knot in 1982 but after 30 years of wedded bliss, Devito and Perlman announced their split in October 2012. Word on the street was Devito’s roving eye was to blame. All may be forgiven though because the couple was recently spotted together after enjoying a Hawaiian vacation. The “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” star said in a recent interview he and Perlman were working on their marriage. “Rhea and I are really close. Actually still together, just separate, but together.” At 68 and 64 they ought to be.
Actor Ben Vereen met and married his wife Nancy Bruner Vereen in July 1976. The couple stayed together for 36 years, but the 66-year-old award-winning actor filed for divorce this past September citing irreconcilable differences. His filing states the pair split up back in March. Best known for his role in the miniseries “Roots,” Vereen is also asking the court to eliminate spousal support. This was his second marriage.
Buzz Aldrin made history when he became the second man to walk across the moon, but his wife brought him back down to earth with their recent divorce settlement. After 23 years of marriage, Lois Driggs Cannon walked away with 50 percent of the $475,000 in Aldrin’s bank account as well as half of all of his business earnings. Driggs will also get $9,500 a month in alimony AND 30 percent of his annual income. Sometimes it is cheaper to keep her.
When Dennis Hopper said, “Til death do us part” to his third wife Victoria Duffy, he really should’ve said, “Til almost death do us part.” The actor literally tried to leave Duffy while on his deathbed. Hopper, who co-wrote, directed and starred in “Easy Rider,” tried unsuccessfully to divorce his estranged wife during his battle with terminal cancer. Hopper accused Duffy of pilfering valuable artwork and other possessions totaling more than $1.5 million. In his final days, Hopper and Duffy came to an agreement. She received $250,000 from his life insurance policy.
Don Cornelius’ tumultuous marriage to Viktoria Chapman Cornelius was bitter to the very end. He was convicted of domestic abuse and she allegedly pepper sprayed him several times. According to legal documents in the divorce, the creator and host of “Soul Train” said, “I am 72 years old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die.” Although the divorce was finalized before he committed suicide on February 1, 2012, a provision in the decree allowed Chapman to collect Cornelius’ life insurance policies totaling more than $300,000.
R&B diva Patti LaBelle married her husband Armstead Edwards in 1969 while she was still a member of the Lebelle. When the group disbanded several years later, Edwards took Patti’s career into his hands by becoming her manager. LaBelle went on to sell over 50 million albums as a solo artist and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The two worked alongside each other for decades until they announced their separation in 2000. The divorce was finalized a year later.
Mel Gibson’s 94-year-old father, Hutton Gibson, is a bachelor again. The 94-year-old retiree complained to his famous son that Teddy Joye, his wife of 10 years, was abusing him. The abuse claims stem from Hutton’s medication. Joye was adamant about stopping Hutton’s medication. According to legal documents, Hutton requested spousal support and wanted Joye to pick up the tab for his legal fees. The couple married in 2002, two years after Hutton’s first wife, and Mel’s mother, passed away.
Toni Braxton introduced the world to her family with “The Braxtons,” a reality show that focused on Toni and her four sisters as they juggled marriage, motherhood and their music careers. It was during the show that viewers learned after 35 years of marriage, her parents, Michael and Evelyn, divorced. Toni has revealed that her parents’ divorce is what inspired the show. “My parents divorced after 35 years and 30 days later my dad remarried someone else,” she said. “My mom and dad don’t get along but are cordial because of us and at Tamar’s wedding dinner on Thanksgiving I said ‘we can’t be the only family going through this. We should tell our story.”
Judge Judy Sheindlin is famous for her brash, no-nonsense attitude. The former family court prosecutor amuses millions everyday as she hands down insults and judgments on her show “Judge Judy;” however her divorce from second husband Jerry Sheindlin was no laughing matter. After 13 years of marriage the two just couldn’t seem to make it work. Judy and Jerry, also a judge, divorced in 1990 but were able to patch things up. The couple remarried a year later. “Judge Judy” remains as one of the longest-running reality court shows on television.
During his long, illustrious career in Hollywood, Morgan Freeman has starred in over 50 movies. It should come as no surprise that he is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. What was a surprise, though, was the abrupt end to his marriage. Fed up with his many infidelities, his wife Myrna decided to call it quits after 16 years. In what became the fifth highest divorce settlement in history, Myrna walked away with over $400 million. To add insult to injury, 75-year-old Academy Award winner had to fight off rumors of sleeping with his ex-stepdaughter.
Harrison Ford is no stranger to divorce. After being married to his first wife for six years, the “Fugitive” actor met and fell in love with screenwriter Melissa Mathison. Two children and 24 years later, Ford found himself a single man once again at the age of 60. Third time’s the charm (hopefully) for Ford. He is currently married to fellow actress Calista Flockhart.
Al Gore’s resume is very impressive. The former vice president has won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Nobel-Peace prize. After his failed bid for the presidency, Gore devoted his life to educating the world on the climate change. It came as a great shock to everyone when the lifelong politician and self-proclaimed creator of the internet announced that after 40 years he and Tipper Gore were calling it quits. Last May, Gore was rumored to be dating environmental advocate Elizabeth Keadle. A woman after his own heart.
Tony Danza is finally the boss of himself. The 62-year-old actor and former boxer is free and clear from Tracy, his estranged wife of 24 years. Although the divorce was only finalized last month, the two have been separated since 2004. Tony and Tracy have two children together. Danza is best known for his roles in “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss?”
Jessica Lange met her husband Sam Shepard in 1982 while on the set of the move “Frances.” Soon after, the couple welcomed two children, Hannah and Samuel. However after 30 years of marital bliss, the actress and playwright quietly called it quits. Two years later, word finally seeped out about their divorce.
Arnold Schwarzenegger became fodder for every comedian and late-night talk show host in the country when the world found out about his affair and subsequent secret-love child with the family maid. His wife Maria Shriver dutifully stood by his side as he was repeatedly accused of being a womanizer but this was the last straw. After years of marriage, she finally had enough and filed for divorce. Rumors of a reconciliation surfaced. The former California governor and Shriver have attended couples therapy. In an interview Schwarzenegger admitted, “I’m the forever optimist. So I do see that Maria and I get together eventually.”