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Pat Gallagher


Celebrities Who Bailed On Their Partners After 15+ Years Together

Posted: 08/22/2012 3:45 am

What's worse than "the heartbreak of Psoriasis?" The heartbreak of separating from your significant other after one, two or three decades together. It's got to be emotionally draining. Dr. Phil can't be everywhere. (And don't count on Taylor Swift to write a song about breaking up with a partner after being together for over 15 years. Give her 30 more years and we'll see.)

Celebrities are the population at large that we hear about when it comes to breakups (not Jane & John Doe so much unless they're our personal friends or next-door neighbors) so let's run down the list of post 50 celebs who bailed out of their relationships after 15 -- or more -- years together.

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  • Kenny G & Lyndie Benson-Gorelick (20 Years)

    This is fresh. We just <a href="" target="_hplink">got word of Kenny G's divorce filing</a> even though he and wife Lyndie separated several months ago. The two got married in 1992, had two sons, lived a quiet life, no ugly rumors of philandering. So what could have happened here? Maybe bad sax?

  • Morgan Freeman & Myrna Colley-Lee (26 Years)

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Myrna Colle-Lee was Morgan Freeman's second wife</a>. (He was married for 12 years to wife number one, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw.) Since there's no public explanation for why the "Driving Miss Daisy" actor and Colley-Lee decided to abandon their marriage after 26 years, we're going to assume it's the standard "irreconcilable differences."

  • Maria Shriver & Arnold Schwarzenegger (25 Years)

    <a href="" target="_hplink">These two lovebirds got married on April 26, 1986</a>, had four beautiful children, seemed to have the perfect life until -- oopsy -- word leaked out in May 2011 that he <a href="" target="_hplink">got the housekeeper pregnant</a> 14 years earlier, love child surfaced , so we'll see ya Arnold. Don't let the door hit you on the way out! (I'm Team Maria, just in case anyone is wondering.)

  • Jessica Lange & Sam Shepard (27 years)

    Sam Shepard was Lange's third serious relationship, lasting the longest. The "King Kong" actress was married to photographer Francisco Grande (1970-1981); had a relationship with ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov which produced one child, and lived with playwright/actor Sam Shepard from 1983 <a href="" target="_hplink">until they quietly split in 2010</a> after two children together.

  • Jack Nicholson & Angelica Houston (16 Years)

    Jack was married to Sandra Knight from 1962 to 1968, divorced and hooked up with actress Angelica Houston for 16 years until (uh-oh) Ms. Houston found out he had fathered a child with Rebecca Broussard. So she grabbed her belongings and hit the road. Nicholson had one more child with Broussard but they never legalized their partnership. So this begs the question: Can any woman put Jack in a box? Don't even try.

  • Harrison Ford & Mary Marquardt (15 Years)

    This was Harrison Ford's first marriage. The couple, who were married from 1964 to 1979, had two sons. Mary married a carpenter and divorced "Han Solo" -- the leading man in "Star Wars."

  • Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison (21 Years)

    You can't say Harrison Ford doesn't try. He married screenwriter Melissa Mathison in 1983 and they divorced in 2004 after 21 years together. The "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" screenwriter and her husband had one son and a daughter together. She saw her husband through "Star Wars Episode IV: The Return of the Jedi," three "Indiana Jones" movies, "Witness," and "Patriot Games," before calling it quits. Ford married actress Calista "Ally McBeal" Flockhart in 2010.

  • Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins (21 Years)

    Didn't we always think they were happy? He's 12 years younger, but she actually looked <em>his</em> age all those years. Although they never had a piece of paper documenting their relationship, they lived together as a couple for 21 years producing two sons together. When they announced they were going their separate ways in 2009, it was quite surprising. Little things add up I guess.

  • Al & Tipper Gore (40 Years)

    Forty years -- high-end politics (Vice President of the United States isn't bad), a beautiful wife, four children, an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, a Nobel-Peace Prize, all the pancakes he can eat -- just didn't work out in the end for the VP. The couple announced in 2010, "<a href="" target="_hplink">they had made a mutual decision to separate</a>." What can we say? How can two people go through 40 years together and then, poof, it's over just like that? It's not that easy being "Green."

  • Robert Redford & Lola Van Wagenen (27 Years)

    Lola Van Wagenen became Mrs. Robert Redford on Aug. 9, 1958 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had four children together although their first born son Scott <a href="" target="_hplink">died at age 2 ½ months on Nov. 17, 1959</a> of sudden infant death syndrome. The "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" actor and his first wife divorced in 1985. In July 2009, Redford married his longtime partner, Sibylle Szaggars.

  • Jerry Lewis & Patti Palmer (36 Years)

    This is a hard one. Jerry Lewis is a comedic icon who spent over 55 years raising millions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with his yearly Labor Day telethons. He use to make me laugh out loud when I was a kid. Back in the day, he would always point out his wife Patti in the audience at the telethons -- the mother of his six sons -- to acknowledge his love and devotion for her. When he divorced her in 1980, it was as if my own parents were announcing they were splitting up. I don't want to talk about it. (He remarried. <a href="" target="_hplink">Look it up</a>.)

  • Ken Berry & Jackie Joseph (17 Years)

    The "Mayberry RFD" and "Mama's Family" actor wed "Little Shop of Horrors" actress Jackie Joseph in 1960, adopted two children and divorced in 1977. Jackie <a href=",,20104377,00.html" target="_hplink">joined a support group</a> (circa 1981) with other Hollywood ex- wives, forming "The Hollywood Ex-Wives Club" they called "LADIES" (acronym for Life After Divorce Is Essentially Sane) -- which included Sandi Nimoy (the former Mrs. Leonard Nimoy), Lynn Landon (the former Mrs. Michael Landon), Susan Stafford (the former Mrs. Dick Ebersol) and Faye Maltese (the former Mrs. Gene Hackman). Joseph re-married in 2003.

  • Robin Williams & Marsha Garces (19 Years)

    After Robin Williams divorced his first wife, Valerie Velardi in 1988 (one son), he married his son's nanny Marsha Garces in 1989 "<a href="" target="_hplink">who was several months pregnant with his child</a>." They went on to have a second child, but in 2008 Marsha filed for divorce citing (what else) "irreconcilable differences." Seriously, what does that mean? Maybe the "Mork & Mindy" comedian said "Na-Nu, Na-Nu" in his sleep one too many times. Williams remarried in 2011.

  • Michael Jordan & Juanita Vanoy (17 Years)

    The basketball legend married his sweet Juanita in 1989. They have two sons and a daughter, but clearly trouble in paradise was brewing, because in 2002 they filed for divorce. They reconciled but once again, but filed and were granted a divorce in 2006. <a href="" target="_hplink">Reports surfaced that Juanita received $168 million in the settlement</a>. If anyone is interested, <a href="" target="_hplink">Juanita has her 8,000-square-foot triplex Lake Shore penthouse on the market for $5 million</a>. And in other real estate news, MJ put his 56,000-square-foot Highland Park compound up for sale for just $29 million.

  • Willie Nelson & Connie Koepke (17 Years)

    "The Red Headed Stranger" may be one of the best country singers <em>ever</em>, but he has a little trouble in the area of matrimony. <a href="" target="_hplink">Willie has been married four times (fathered seven children)</a>, Connie Koepke being his third wife. Follow along (stay focused): Willie was married to Martha Matthews from 1952 to 1962, married Shirley Collie in 1963, divorced in 1971 after he apparently got Connie pregnant while still married to "Don't call me" Shirley; married Connie in 1971. That marriage ended after 17 years. He married wife number four, Angie D'Angelo, in 1991, and (so far) they are still sharing the same joint together (if you get my drift). That's encouraging.

  • Anthony Hopkins & Jennifer Lynton (29 Years)

    Sir Anthony Hopkins was married for five years to his first wife, Martha O'Brien, then took Jennifer Lynton as his second wife in 1973. That union sailed along for 29 years until they divorced in 2002. Hopkins wasted no time taking his third wife, Stella Arroyave -- an antiques dealer -- in 2003. He says that "<a href="" target="_hplink">he met her one day when he walked into her shop</a>." That's the classic: being in the right place at the right time. Lucky Stella!

  • Danielle Steel & John Traina (17 Years)

    This prolific romantic novelist has been married five times. Her fourth husband, John Traina (inset) stayed the longest -- 17 years. The 65-year-old writer's life is quite interesting (someone should write a novel about <em>her</em> life) so check it out <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>. My plate is full, but someone should step up -- I smell a big screen film biopic on her life.

  • Clint Eastwood & Maggie Johnson (31 Years)

    "Dirty Harry" was married to his first wife, Maggie, from 1953 to 1984. Wow, married 31 years to the man who has been described as a "serial womanizer." No need to name names, but the man did get around. (<a href="" target="_hplink">Did I read he has seven children by five different women?</a>) Eastwood married television news anchor Dina Ruiz in 1996, they have one daughter together and seem to be nesting quite happily. That's the good, the bad, and the ugly. (Sorry.)


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