They Like Putting A Ring On It A Bit Too Much: Celebs Who’ve Been Married Four Or More Times
Celebrity relationships, marriages, and divorces are always in the headlines. Some Hollywood couples make it until the very end, holding true to the vow “’til death do us part,” while others aren’t so fortunate and their promise of forever is cut short, sometimes very short. It’s not surprising that celebrities marry and divorce, but some of them do it more often than others — a lot more. Here are 15 celebrities who have been married four times or more.
Standing as one of the best and most well-known and respected jazz trumpeters, Louis Armstrong also appeared to be a bit popular amongst the women of his time. Louis was married to four different women until his death, but we have to give him some credit since he was married to Lucille Wilson, his fourth and last wife, for more than 30 years. His past wives include Daisy Parker, Lil Hardin Armstrong, and Alpha Smith.
Actress and columnist Joan Collins rose to fame quickly and at a pretty young age she was able to make her Hollywood breakthrough. At just 19, Joan was married to Maxwell Reed, but the marriage only lasted four years. She then married Anthony Newley, Ronald Kass, and Peter Holm, all of which she has since divorced. She’s now married to Percy Gibson, who is 32 years younger than her, bringing her tally to five husbands.
King of radio and television talk shows Larry King has definitely made himself known in more ways than one. Aside from his hosting talents, Larry has been one of those men who just can’t seem to find the right woman, as he’s been married eight different times to seven different women! Thankfully his most recent marriage to Shawn Southwick seems to be the one. Before Shawn, Larry was married to Julie Alexander, Sharon Lepore, Alene Akins, Mickey Sutphin, Annette Kaye, and Freda Miller. He married Alene Akins twice, once in 1961 and again in 1967.
Christie Brinkley is best known for being the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl, and while she’s obviously gotten lucky in the looks department, when it comes to love, she hasn’t been so fortunate. She was first married to Francois Allaux in 1973 but the couple divorced in 1981. She then married Billy Joel in 1985 and the couple lasted until 1994. That same year she married Richard Taubman but the marriage lasted only a year. In 1996 she married Peter Cook, but the two broke up in 2008.
Richard Pryor, but known for his acting and comedian talents, was one of those men that had a really complicated love life that led to various marriages and remarriages. During his lifetime, Richard Pryor was married to 7 different women, but he married two of his ex-wives twice. His first marriage was to Patricia Price in 1960, but that ended a year later. His last marriage was to Jennifer Lee, who he married in 2001 and stayed married to until his death in 2005.
Better known as Liz Taylor, the purple-eyed actress said “I do” a total of eight times to seven different men, having married the same man twice. She first married Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr. and then moved on to Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, John Warner, and Larry Fortensky. Out of all of these men, she married Richard Burton twice. Liz Taylor was unmarried when she died in 2011, but she does have four remaining children.
Billy Bob Thornton
Actor Billy Bob Thornton is probably best known for his acting abilities and his three-year marriage to Angelina Jolie. Though the marriage (and divorce) rocked the media and Hollywood, there were women before and after Angelina. In fact, Billy Bob Thornton has been married a total of five times. His other wives include Melissa Lee Gatlin, Toni Lawrence, Cynda Williams, and Pietra Cherniak. Though he is currently unmarried, Billy Bob is partners with Connie Angland, who he has a daughter with, but will not marry having said “marriage doesn’t work for me.”
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Hollywood actress and legend Zsa Zsa Gabor stands as the most married Hollywood celebrity on the list, having been married a total of nine times. She was first married at the young age of 20 to Burhan Belge. Once that marriage ended she moved onto Conrad Hilton, George Sanders, Herbert Hutner, Joshua Cosden, Jr., Jack Ryan, Michael O’Hara, Felipe de Alba, and then Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt. Zsa Zsa’s last marriage, to Frederic, which started in 1986, has been her longest ever and despite her various health setbacks, Frederic has continued to support his wife.
Though he’s found great success as a Hollywood actor, Mickey Rooney, earlier on in his life, wasn’t so lucky in finding a stable long-lasting marriage. He was first married to Ava Gardner, a marriage that lasted for only a year. He then married B.J. Baker, Martha Vickers, Barbara Ann Thomason, and Carolyn Hockett. In 1978, he married Jan Chamberlain, and happily enough the marriage has yet to end. Out of his eight marriages, Mickey has nine children.
Rue McClanahan is definitely best known for her character, Blanche Devereaux, on the T. show Golden Girls. Crazily enough, her character on the show and her real life self had something in common..they both really enjoyed men. Rue was married a total of six times before her death, and she even wrote a book about her marriages, entitled “My First Five Husbands.” She first married Tom Bish in 1958 then married Peter DeMaio, Gus Fisher, Tom Keel, and her last marriage ended in 2010 to Morrow Wilson, whom she married in 1997.
Country singer Kenny Rogers has been known to gamble when it comes to picking and marrying women. Sadly the odds weren’t in his favor for the longest time. But, his most recent wife, Wanda Miller, whom he married in 1997, has been by his side ever since then. Before Wanda came along, though, Kenny was married to Marianne Gordon, Margo Anderson, Jean Rogers, and Janice Gordon, who was his first wife. Having been married five times, hopefully Kenny’s latest marriage is his last.
Liza Minelli’s long list of men and subsequent marriages started back in 1967 when she first married Peter Allen. The marriage ended in 1974 and in that same year, she married Jack Haley. In 1979 the two divorced and she married Mark Gero. Between 1992 and 2001, Liza was a single woman, but in 2002 she married David Gest. Sadly the marriage only lasted five years and the two were divorced in 2007. As of now, she has been married to five different men.
William Shatner, best known for his role in Star Trek as James T. Kirk, hasn’t had it easy when it comes to the married life. He has been married four times total and divorced twice. Aside from divorce, one of his marriages ended after his wife, Nerine Kidd Shatner, accidentally drowned. William’s most recent marriage to Elizabeth Martin, which began in 2001, seems to be going strong.
Throughout her short life of only 47 years, Judy Garland became a well-known actress and singer, had three children, including Liza Minnelli, and married five different men. Her situation of getting married and divorced seemed to only highlight the trouble that her life really was. She first married David Rose in 1941, but after three years the two were divorced. She then married Vincente Minnelli, Sidney Luft, Mark Harron, and her fifth husband, Mickey Deans. Her last marriage only lasted three months due to her untimely death.
Not only was he known for his acting and singing, Frank Sinatra was also well known for his captivating bright blue eyes. It’s no wonder that he was able to reel in and marry four different women during his lifetime. He was first married to Nancy Barbato. His second wife, Ava Gardner, was coined as being the true love of his life. He then married Mia Farrow, who was only 21 at the time. His last wife was Barbara Sinatra, and she was left a widow when he died in 1998.