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The fickle world of celebrity marriages

By Keily Oakes
BBC News Online entertainment staff

Britney Spears' short-lived marriage is one of several celebrity nuptials to have ended after just a matter of days, or even hours.

Britney Spears
Britney Spears' wedding goes down as one of the shortest in celebrity history
Spears' 48-hour union with childhood pal Jason Alexander may take some beating, but the queen of multiple marriages, Zsa Zsa Gabor, can claim to have gone one better.

Her 1982 marriage to Felipe de Alba lasted just one day.

But technically she was not married to him because she had not divorced husband number seven before walking up the aisle again.

The ceremony at sea was conducted by the ship's captain, and despite being a bigamous wedding an annulment was sought a day later just in case.

Among her famous quotes is: "I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house!"

Drew Barrymore's wild child upbringing did not help her quest to find true love, walking up the aisle twice and into the divorce courts in both cases, all by the age of 26.

Zsa Zsa Gabor
But Zsa Zsa Gabor set the record of one day
First she wed Welsh barman Jeremy Thomas in 1994, but the union lasted less than three weeks.

Next came comedian and actor Tom Green, whom she married in secret in 2000.

But less than a year later it all came to end, with irreconcilable differences cited in the divorce.

Odd couple

Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley has not had much luck in her high-profile marriages.

Although her first marriage to unknown Danny Keough lasted for six years, it was her 1994 wedding to pop superstar Michael Jackson that really raised eyebrows.

The couple had a complete breakdown in their relationship before a bitter divorce 19 months later.

She went on to marry actor Nicolas Cage, who was also a huge fan of her father's music.

After just 107 days the marriage was over, although there have been rumours of a reunion despite both sides saying they regretted getting hitched.
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson
The union of two of America's most famous families did not last

And Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez's much-hyped 2001 nuptials to dancer Cris Judd lasted just seven months, and resulted in Lopez's second divorce.

He was replaced with the more high-profile actor Ben Affleck, but their planned wedding for 2003 was called off at the last minute.

The couple cited intrusive media attention as the reason why they postponed the ceremony, and speculation continues over whether they will ever make it up the aisle.

Patching up their differences

And feisty former Charmed and Beverly Hills 90210 actress Shannen Doherty has also had her fair share of column inches.

She wed Ashley Hamilton, the son of George Hamilton and Alana Stewart, two weeks after the young pair met, separating five months later.

Next came Rick Solomon, now most famous for a video of him with hotel heiress Paris Hilton. Solomon married Doherty in Las Vegas in 2002.

Drew Barrymore's movie success far has been followed by an erratic love life
They were soon estranged but reports suggest they are trying to patch up their differences despite the notorious video doing the rounds on the internet.

It is not just the Americans that get carried away with the first flush of romance, however.

British actress Danniella Westbrook's fast-living lifestyle led her to marry van driver Ben Morgan after knowing him for just eight weeks.

The marriage did not last, and her estranged husband and his mother sold stories to the tabloids about her cocaine addiction.

Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton does not have a great track record of long-lasting marriages
It is often high-profile women with many husbands who get gossiped about, such as Joan Collins, Gabor and Liza Minnelli, but Hollywood's Billy Bob Thornton appears to move on with alarming regularity.

Far from catching the seven-year-itch, Thornton has loved and divorced four of his five wives within two years, including Tomb Raider actress Angelina Jolie.

But, of course, Hollywood stars might find they spent less time being featured in the gossip columns if they lived happily ever after.

Britney to annul 48-hour wedding
05 Jan 04  |  Entertainment
J-Lo's divorce nears conclusion
22 Jan 03  |  Entertainment
Barrymore and Green to divorce
18 Dec 01  |  Entertainment


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