Often frowned upon by religious and non-religious folks alike but if we put god aside for a moment, are multiple marriages something that should be referred to as a sign of commitment issues or emotional detachment? Or could these serial spouses be onto something? After all we are living longer, communication with potential partners is easier and these days you seem to be able to get a divorce quicker than ordering a takeaway. Personally, I haven’t felt the need to get married once let alone several times but I just feel sorry for the brides and grooms of today who aren’t marrying for the first time and are therefore being dubbed the next Elizabeth Taylor.
Actually, Liz is a good example of a ‘multi-marrier’ she was wedded 8 times during her life and is often used as a comparison to people who chose to go up the aisle more than once. But why did she do it?
Well when interviewed and asked why she married so often, she replied, “I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me, but she also said that, “I was taught by my parents that if you fall in love, if you want to have a love affair, you get married. I guess I’m very old-fashioned.” I wonder if many would agree that marrying Conrad Hilton Jr., Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton (twice), John Warner and Larry Fortensky could be classed as ‘old fashioned’. And the old romantics out there, what do you think to her having seven loves of her life? Some may argue that she did die single and surely that proves that marrying this many times is not something they would recommend but think of the fantastic lifestyle she had was this somehow due to her many marriages?
Now let’s not just pick on poor old Liz, she’s no longer here to defend herself or to marry our husbands so what other famous faces have been wedded more than once? And why?
Well for starters there’s Zsa Zsa Gabor who has actually married 9 times! That beats Liz, plus Zsa Zsa is still around so she could still add a few more divorce papers to her filing cabinet yet. Saying that, she has been with her current husband since 1986 so maybe she’s with Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt for the long run. Zsa Zsa’s many weddings and divorces have inspired her to make numerous quotable puns, my favourite being “I am a marvellous housekeeper: Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”
And it’s not just the ladies, American TV and radio host Larry King, has clocked up a magnificent 8 Marriages. His most recent wife, Shawn Southwick has been married to King since 1997 and when Larry was asked about his latest spouse he replied, that she was “the only [wife] to have lasted into the two digits”, awww well it must be love.
It’s not just the celebrities either, the royals also enjoy a wedding or two. Well on this post how could I not mention possibly the most famous often wedded royal, Henry the 8th. He’s not married quite as much as Zsa Zsa, Liz or Larry but then again I’m not sure many of their marriages ended in public murder. Henry had six wives in total and this helpful rhyme helps you to learn about their fates (Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived).
Fellow writers can also be included in my list of ‘multi-marriers’ (this is soon to become a well-known phrase), as the American novelist Danielle Steel has so far been Married five times. Unfortunately, all five marriages have ended, which means that as far as I know Miss Steel is on the market, so if there are any single guys out there who would enjoy being husband number six just give her a call.
In fact, upon starting this blog I didn’t realise how many famous people have been married more than once. George Forman, Ginger Rogers, Joan Collins and Rita Hayworth have all been married five times and Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, James Brown and Martin Scorsese have all been married four times.
So it seems that although this ‘practise’ is extremely common, particularly in celeb land, it is still frowned upon by many. As I mentioned earlier, this is nothing to do with religion but more to do with social rules, and as a result I am starting to agree with these celebs. After all when asked about your love life it generally is best to laugh about it, so why not have several marriages to also have a giggle about. There seems to be a lot of bonuses about marrying more than once, you can try a few last names on for size, eat a huge amount of wedding cake and get your special day more than once and it’s better than spending your entire life with someone you hate or being so scared of commitment that you spend your life alone (well apart from your cats). Personally, I can’t see myself in a wedding dress just once let alone 9 times, so here’s to living life to the full, whether it includes one marriage, several or none at all.
NB – This post has also left me wondering who will be next on my ‘multi-marrier’ list. I’m guessing it’s one of this lot…