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Eleanor Of Aquitaine - By The Wrath Of God
At age 15, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII, King of France. Her subsequent petition for divorce from Louis was based on the claim that they were too closely related for the marriage to have been legal in the eyes of God (and the church). In 1154, just two years after the marriage was annulled, Eleanor married Henry II of England. "I am Queen of England," she drily remarked, "by the wrath of God." [At age 19, she knelt in the cathedral of Vezelay (before the celebrated Abbe Bernard of Clairvaux) and offered him thousands of her vassals for the Second Crusade. Dressed like an Amazon, Eleanor galloped through the crowds on a white horse, urging them to join the ...
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Hope Over Experience
Joan Crawford married many times and counted among her husbands Pepsi-Cola chairman Alfred Nu Steele (1955-1959), Phillip Terry (1942-1946), Franchot Tone (1935-1939), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1929-1933), and James Welton. Among the changes made by Crawford with each new marriage? Altering the name of her Brentwood estate—and installing new toilet seats! [Re-marriage, Samuel Johnson once remarked, is the triumph of hope over experience.] [Crawford served as the inspiration for the Dragon Lady in cartoonist Milton Caniff's "Terry and the Pirates".]
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Lucky Thirteen
"Ike Turner's thirteenth wife has left him," Bill Maher reported in December 1999. "She came home," he joked, "and found him beating another woman."
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Andrew Jackson's Duel
Shortly after his marriage to Rachel Donelson Robards in 1791, Andrew Jackson was dismayed to learn that she was still technically married to her first husband. Though a legitimate divorce was eventually obtained and the Jacksons remarried, the scandal elicited much discussion and more than a few jokes—including one from a certain Charles Dickinson. Though Dickinson was famed for his marksmanship, Jackson, bent on defending his wife's name, immediately challenged him to a duel. Though Dickinson took aim quickly and fired first, the impact of his bullet was blunted by Jackson's loose coat and merely broke one of his ribs. When Jackson attempted to return the favor, he misfired. Unfortunately for Dickinson, the rules required that he stand his ground ...
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Marriage Counsellor
In 1962, Jack Nicholson married a young actress named Sandra Knight. The following year, they had a baby named Jennifer. Though Jack enjoyed playing the role of a father, his lack of responsibility led to friction. He and Sandra consulted a psychiatrist who proposed an unusual treatment: Using psychedelic drugs. The results were mixed: Sandra (whose hallucinations included Jack turning into a devil) found the experience terrifying, abandoned therapy altogether, and turned to religion for happiness and peace of mind. Nicholson, on the other hand, found the drugs "enlightening," refused to quit using them—and was soon kicked out of the house. The divorce was finalized in 1968. That's right: Nicholson's marriage was effectively broken up by a marriage counsellor. [The ...
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Penny Marshall And Rob Reiner - Magic Moment
"Almost thirty years ago now [in the early 1970s]," writes William Goldman in More Adventures in the Screen Trade, "two young actors were in their twenties. Their names were Penny Marshall and Rob Reiner and they were both on TV shows. Huge hit TV shows. (Think Seinield and Friends). Rob was Meathead on All in the Family, she Laverne in Laverne and Shirley. "They met. And the Gods smiled down. They fell in love. And got married. And were just so happy. But the home they were living in was not to their liking, nothing ever got finished, the place was a mess. "They went to New York to star in a TV movie Rob wrote, More Than Friends. They would be ...
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Bette Davis Eyes
In December 1938, band leader Harmon Nelson was granted a divorce from Bette Davis. "She reads," Nelson told the court, "to an unnecessary degree. She refused to put down a book even when company was present. On innumerable occasions, she absented herself from the room to pursue her everlasting reading." [Davis drew her stage name from Honore de Balzac's 1840 novel Cousin Bette. (Bette Midler was named after Bette Davis; her mother didn't realize Davis pronounced her name 'Betty'.)]
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Dame Edna Asks Jane Seymour About Her Marriages
Dame Edna Everage (who once introduced Zsa Zsa Gabor to a BBC audience as "The Mouth of the Danube") was famed for her barbed comments. "Tell me the secret," she once implored actress Jane Seymour, "of your successful marriages."
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Michael Eakin, Poetic Justice
In December 2002, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin delivered a curious seven stanza opinion in a case involving a woman (Susan Porreco) who claimed that her husband's lie about an engagement ring should void their prenuptial agreement: "A groom must expect matrimonial pandemonium," Eakins ruled, "When his spouse finds he's given her a cubic zirconium / Instead of a diamond in her engagement band / the one he said was worth twenty-one grand..." In another case, Eakin denied a husband's attempt to annul a prenup because "a deal is a deal, if fairly undertaken / and we find disclosure was fair and unshaken." Though Chief Justice Stephen Zappala was not amused by his antics, Eakin claimed that most ...
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Cruise & Kidman
Shortly after Nicole Kidman's divorce, one of her friends revealed that she had been "amazed" to learn of Tom Cruise's desire to end their 10-year marriage. Kidman was equally amazed. She first heard the news when Cruise had his representatives call her to tell her she was being dumped and would be getting divorced.