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Short shelf life of celebrity marriage
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney
Zellweger and Chesney's marriage has lasted four months
Actress Renee Zellweger's four-month marriage to US country singer Kenny Chesney is one of several short-lived celebrity nuptials.

She is seeking an annulment after a whirlwind romance led to an equally short marriage.

BRITNEY SPEARS & JASON ALEXANDER

Britney Spears
Spears was married to childhood friend Jason Alexander for 55 hours
In January 2004 pop singer Britney Spears married Jason Alexander, a childhood friend from her home in Louisiana. Both were 22.

The singer wore jeans and a baseball cap for the night-time ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

"We were just looking at each other and said, 'Let's do something wild, crazy. Let's go get married, just for the hell of it,'" Alexander said.

Their marriage was dissolved within 55 hours, with Spears branding it a "joke that had gone too far".

Eight months later Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. They had their first child, a boy, earlier this week.

NICOLAS CAGE & LISA MARIE PRESLEY

Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage
Presley and Cage married in a secret Hawaii ceremony in 2002
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 divorce 19 months later, citing irreconcilable differences.

She went on to marry actor Nicolas Cage, also a huge fan of her father's music, in a secret ceremony in Hawaii in 2002.

After just 107 days the marriage was over. Presley said: "I'm sad about this but we shouldn't have been married in the first place. It was a big mistake."

DREW BARRYMORE & TOM GREEN

Barrymore's film success was followed by an erratic wedded life

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.

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.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & CRIS JUDD

Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd
Lopez and Judd married in a high-profile ceremony in 2001
Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez's much-hyped 2001 nuptials to dancer Cris Judd lasted just seven months, resulting in Lopez's second divorce.

Judd was superseded by the more high-profile actor Ben Affleck, but his planned wedding with Lopez for 2003 was called off at the last minute.

The couple cited intrusive media attention as the reason why they postponed the ceremony. They split four months later.

Five months later, in June 2004, Lopez married singer Marc Anthony in a secret ceremony at her Los Angeles home.

BILLY BOB THORNTON & ANGELINA JOLIE

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Jolie and Thornton had tattoos of each other's names
Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton appears to move from one marriage to another with alarming regularity.

He has divorced four of his five wives within two years, including Tomb Raider actress Angelina Jolie.

The actor was nearly 20 years her senior when the pair married in 2000, but they sealed their union by having tattoos of each other's names and wearing pendants filled with their partner's blood.

Citing irreconcilable differences they announced their break-up in July 2002, and admitted they had been living apart for months.

ZSA ZSA GABOR & FELIPE DE ALBA

Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor was married for just 24 hours
The queen of multiple marriages, Zsa Zsa Gabor's 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 Gabor's famous quotes is: "I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house!"

SHANNEN DOHERTY & ASHLEY HAMILTON

Feisty former Charmed and Beverly Hills 90210 actress Shannen Doherty 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. They were soon estranged but the pair reunited in 2004.

DANNIELLA WESTBROOK & BEN MORGAN

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

The couple went to live in Australia but the marriage did not last, ending in divorce nine months later.

Westbrook's estranged husband and his mother subsequently sold stories to the tabloids about her well-publicised cocaine addiction.




SEE ALSO:
Actress Zellweger ends marriage
16 Sep 05 |  Entertainment
Britney's short marriage annulled
06 Jan 04 |  Entertainment
J-Lo's divorce nears conclusion
22 Jan 03 |  Entertainment
Jolie's marriage officially over
30 May 03 |  Entertainment
Barrymore and Green to divorce
18 Dec 01 |  Entertainment


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