Ranking the Longest and Shortest Marriages in Hollywood History
Hollywood marriages may be glamorous, but they still involve some stress and require hard work. The odds certainly don’t seem to favor the rich and famous when it comes to lasting relationships. Some regrettable marriages only lasted a few hours or a few days! In some cases, fans have even placed bets on how long a particular marriage will last.
Occasionally, a famous couple manages to beat the Hollywood curse and remain happily married — but it’s rare. Curious who deserves praise for going the distance and who deserves a timeout for immediately throwing in the towel? Let’s take a look at our ranking of the shortest and longest marriages in Hollywood history.
Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander, 55 Hours
2004 was an interesting year for Britney Spears. After a failed relationship with *NSYNC singer Justin Timberlake, she decided on a whim to marry her childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, in a Las Vegas chapel. However, Spears later realized they made a mistake, and they changed their minds after only 55 hours.
Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, 9 Days
Sometimes, you wonder why celebrities got married when they were clearly incompatible. In 1998, Chicago Bulls player Dennis Rodman married Baywatch star Carmen Electra in Las Vegas. The two were not suited for marriage and split nine days later.
Cher and Gregg Allman, 10 Days
Cher’s love life will always be associated with her first marriage to Sonny Bono, but four days after finalizing that divorce in 1975, she married rock musician Gregg Allman in a Las Vegas hotel room. Ten days later, Cher filed to dissolve the marriage due to Allman’s heroin and alcohol problems.
Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds, 2 Weeks
The first couple on our list who didn’t get married in Las Vegas, comedian Eddie Murphy and film producer Tracey Edmonds exchanged wedding vows in Bora Bora in 2008. Two weeks later, they decided not to move forward with a wedding in the United States.
Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas, 2 Months
Fans were shocked when Drew Barrymore suddenly married Welsh bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994 after just six weeks of dating. The 19-year-old considered their romance "old-fashioned," and Thomas promised he "didn’t marry her because she was Drew Barrymore. I married her because she was cute!"
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, 2 Months
Kim Kardashian met former NBA player Kris Humphries in 2010 while filming Kourtney & Kim Take New York. They were married in a lavish and televised ceremony a year later on August 20, 2011. Fans were intrigued by their romance, but it didn’t last very long.
Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley, 3 Months
Nicolas Cage’s 2002 wedding to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the "King of Rock and Roll," Elvis Presley, still doesn’t make much sense. Cage was a devoted Elvis Presley fan, but that’s certainly not enough to merit a marriage to Presley’s only child. They got married in Hawaii, but three months later, Presley filed for divorce.
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, 4 Months
It’s hard to keep track of Pamela Anderson’s numerous marriages, including her most recent January 20, 2020, wedding to director Jon Peters. She’s famous for her tumultuous relationship with singer Kid Rock. In 2006, they married during a booze-fueled yacht party in Saint-Tropez.
Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney, 4 Months
After four months of dating, actress Renée Zellweger and country music star Kenny Chesney tied the knot in a romantic ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John. The couple appeared to be in love, but four months later, they obtained an annulment. Zellweger mysteriously claimed the reason for their split was "fraud."
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito, 5 Months
It’s unfortunate how quickly some marriages fall apart, especially in Hollywood. A few Hollywood marriages last forever, while far more only last a few months. In October 2006, Bradley Cooper became engaged to actress Jennifer Esposito. They married in December, and five short months later, she filed for divorce in May 2007.
Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, 5 Months
One Tree Hill fans were ecstatic when they found out that stars Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis) and Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott) got married in real life in 2005. Their characters were in love, and it appeared the onscreen romance transferred offscreen — as it often does in Hollywood. However, the couple split five months later.
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, 6 Months
Melanie Griffith was just 14 years old when she met actor Don Johnson in 1972, and he was eight years her senior. They started dating and even lived together in a rented house. Johnson proposed on Griffith’s 18th birthday, and the two married in 1976, only to divorce six months later.
Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, 8 Months
Elizabeth Taylor is notorious for her countless marriages and love affairs. Married a total of eight times (twice to Richard Burton), Taylor’s first marriage to Conrad "Nicky" Hilton wasn’t exactly a happy affair. The actress and heir to the Hilton Hotels chain tied the knot in 1950 in a lavish wedding organized by MGM Studios.
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd, 9 Months
In 2001, Jennifer Lopez tied the knot with her former backup dancer, Cris Judd. She previously had a public relationship with rapper Sean Combs, otherwise known as P. Diddy. After that relationship ended, Lopez tried finding happiness, but it wasn’t with Judd.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, 9 Months
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth didn’t exactly have the easiest on-again, off-again relationship for 10 years. After meeting on the set of The Last Song in 2009, the couple seemed to have a strong relationship, even though it was rocky at times. In December 2018, they finally exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, 23 Years and Counting
Now, let's take a look at the flip side of the coin and praise the longest celebrity marriages, starting with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The country music power couple met in the spring of 1996 and were instantly attracted to one another, so they began dating. They married in October 1996, which may have seemed fast, but they now have a lasting marriage and three daughters: Gracie, Maggie and Audrey.
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, 27 Years and Counting
Warren Beatty had a reputation as a playboy and womanizer before he settled down with his Bugsy co-star, Annette Bening, in 1992. Even though he is 21 years older than Bening, their marriage has remained strong for 27 years, and they have four children: Stephen, Benjamin, Isabel and Ella.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston, 28 Years and Counting
Grease and Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta met actress Kelly Preston in 1987 while filming The Experts. They were married in 1991, and they have three children: Jett, Ella Bleu and Benjamin. It seems like the couple has a good marriage, but it hasn’t always been easy.
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, 31 Years and Counting
Michael J. Fox first met his wife, Tracy Pollan, when she played Ellen Reed on his popular 1980’s sitcom, Family Ties. At first, nothing happened between them. Pollan commented, "It wasn’t that I wasn’t attracted to him. I was just dating someone else."
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, 31 Years and Counting
Everybody cut footloose! Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick seem to have the secret to a happy marriage. While they fell in love on the set of the 1988 PBS special Lemon Sky, they actually met when Sedgwick was 12 years old. Bacon was performing in a play, and she saw the performance.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, 31 Years and Counting
Everyone probably wishes they were married to Tom Hanks, but Rita Wilson would be a fool to let him go. The down-to-earth actor met his wife in 1981 on the set of his short-lived sitcom, Bosom Buddies. However, sparks didn’t fly until 1984 when they co-starred in the movie Volunteers. They tied the knot in 1988 and have two sons together, Chester "Chet" and Truman.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest, 35 Years and Counting
It was love at first sight for Halloween actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her screenwriter-director husband, Christopher Guest. In 1984, Curtis was flipping through pages of a Rolling Stone magazine when she saw Guest’s picture. She told her friend, "I’m going to marry that man."
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, 37 Years and Counting
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have one of the more unique marriages on our list. They met in the early 1970s when her father, Don Arden, managed Ozzy’s famous heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. Sharon took over his management as a solo artist in 1979, and the two started a public romance.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, 41 Years and Counting
Meryl Streep met and married sculptor Don Gummer in 1978, six months after the death of her longtime boyfriend, John Cazale. They have four children: Henry, Mary "Mamie," Grace and Louisa. The actress has been mostly private about their marriage, but she thanked her husband during her 2012 Oscar acceptance speech.
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, 50 Years
Paul Newman became known for his devotion to his wife, Joanne Woodward, and their family. They met in 1953 when he starred in the Broadway production of Picnic. She was an understudy. They were married from 1958 until Newman's death in 2008 and were one of the first Hollywood couples to choose to raise their family outside California in Westport, Connecticut.
Bob and Ginny Newhart, 56 Years and Counting
Comedian Bob Newhart was introduced to his wife, Ginny, by fellow comedian Buddy Hackett. The two instantly hit it off and were married in 1963. Both members of the Roman Catholic Church, they have always valued their marriage and their four children: Robert, Timothy, Jennifer and Courtney.
James Garner and Lois Clarke, 57 Years
Old Hollywood film star James Garner met his wife, Lois Clarke, at a party in 1956. Fourteen days later, they got married! Garner commented, "I was just absolutely nuts about her." Clarke had a daughter, Kim, from a previous marriage, and the couple had another daughter together, Greta "Gigi."
Martin and Janet Sheen, 58 Years and Counting
You might not know much about Martin (Estevez) Sheen’s marriage to actress and producer Janet (Templeton) Estevez, also known as Janet Sheen, but their marriage has remained rock solid for 58 years. They first met when Janet studied art at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, 61 Years
Comedian Jerry Stiller met fellow comedian Anne Meara inside an agent’s office. Meara was upset with a casting agent, so Stiller took her out for coffee — and the rest is history. They were married in 1954 and have two children, Amy and actor-comedian Ben Stiller.
Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens, 65 Years
One of the most prominent stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Kirk Douglas met producer Anne Buydens while filming the 1956 film Lust for Life. They were married in 1954 until his death in 2020 and have two children, Peter and Eric. Douglas’ famous son, Michael Douglas, was from his first marriage to actress Diana Dill.