Hollywood Celebrities Who Married the Same Person Twice
When celebrities get married, they tend to do it big — either by finding an extravagant location for the wedding or the craziest clothes for the occasion. Some stars love getting married so much that they do it often.
While some celebrities racked up their number of marriages by tying the knot quickly, others did so by marrying the same person more than once. That’s right, many celebrities took back their exes.
But which celebrities did that and how did it work out for them? Let’s take a quick look at the 20 Hollywood celebrities who married the same person twice, including one famous face who has been married to the same person for over 40 years (No. 12).
1. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon
The Baywatch star has a habit of going back to her exes like Tommy Lee. But she only married one twice. That was Rick Salomon, who was a good friend of hers. The first time they got married in October of 2007, Pamela Anderson ended up filing for divorce in December, citing fraud. They got divorced — only to walk down the aisle again in 2014 before filing for divorce again a few months later.
So what was the actress thinking when she went back to Salomon? “It’s like when you put something back in the fridge that’s not good,” she explained to Ellen DeGeneres. “It’s not gonna be good the second time. When you go in there, I mean. You go, ‘Oh, that’s bad. Let me try that again!'”
2. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
The two actors met and fell in love on the set of Cleopatra in 1963. Both were married to other people at the time, so this was very scandalous. They eventually got divorced and then married each other again in 1964. It ended after ten years, due to Richard Burton having an affair with someone else, according to Marie Claire.
They reignited their relationship in 1975 and remarried for the third time. But they still had their marital problems and divorced again in 1976.
3. Larry King and Alene Akins
The television personality is one of the celebrities with the most marriages under his belt. Two of those were to the same woman, Alene Akins. They first got married in 1961 and it lasted two years.
They married the second time in 1968 and had a daughter together, Chaia. They then divorced in 1971.
4. Eminem and Kimberly Scott
The rapper first married Kimberly Scott in 1999 and divorced in 2001. It didn’t end well and he made a lot of music about her. His one song, “Kim,” even imagined her death and being violent towards her.
But after that, they somehow made up and married again in 2006. It was short-lived and they divorced within the same year. The rapper hasn’t married anyone else.
5. Richard Pryor and Flynn Belaine
The comedian also walked down the aisle many times, marrying Flynn Belaine twice. The first time was in 1986, and they divorced a year later. They married again in 1990 and divorced again a year later. That’s not the only woman he went back to though.
Richard Pryor also married Jennifer Lee twice. The first time was in 1981, although they divorced a year later. He then moved on to Belaine. Eventually, he made his way back to Lee, marrying her in 2001. They stayed married until his death.
6. Barbara Walters and Merv Adelson
The broadcast journalist first married Merv Adelson in 1981, but divorced him in 1984. They then remarried in 1986, only to get divorced in 1992.
After that, Adelson took a hard hit financially. “He was a kind, funny, thoughtful man,” Barbara Walters said, according to Vanity Fair. “Would things have worked out differently for Merv if we had stayed together? I don’t know. Probably not . . . I have no regrets.”
7. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
The West Side Story star had a crush on Robert Wagner when she was just a child and eventually went on a date with him on her 18th birthday. They later got hitched in 1957, but it only lasted until 1962.
She went on to marry producer Richard Gregson, but after that divorce, she went back to Robert Wagner. The two got hitched again in 1972 and stayed married until her untimely death in 1981.
“When Natalie died, I thought my life was over,” said Wagner on Good Morning America. “It’s always with you. It was a tremendous loss for all of us. We have our memories, and that’s the most important.”
8. Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson
Actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson met when she was just 14 years old and he was 22. They moved in together a year later. They got engaged on her 18th birthday, got married in 1976, and divorced in the same year. The couple gave marriage a second shot in 1996 after making up and having their daughter, Dakota Johnson, but ended up splitting for a second time.
Now, Griffith seems to be opposed to marriage. “You don’t need to get married to have a child anymore,” she said, according to Us Weekly. “It’s not like there’s a stigma on a child, and getting married, you either go through the whole bulls**t of a prenuptial, or if you want to get divorced and you don’t have a prenuptial, then you wish you had a prenuptial.”
9. Elliott Gould and Jennifer Bogart
The Ocean’s Eleven actor’s first spouse was Barbara Streisand. He then moved on to Jennifer Bogart — twice. The first marriage to Bogart started in 1973 and ended in 1975. They walked down the aisle again in 1978 and divorced a year later.
So what drew the actor to Bogart twice?”Jenny is the best fighter I’ve ever met,” he explained, according to The Independent. “She fights for everything, she fights for life.”
10. Judge Judy and Jerry Sheindlin
The television judge is in her second marriage to husband Jerry Sheindlin. The two first got hitched in 1977 and divorced in 1990. “It was war,” she told Closer magazine. “I had to face some hard truths.”
But somehow they found their way back to each other and remarried a year later. They are one of the few twice-married couples still together.
11. Rodney Dangerfield and Joyce Indig
The stand-up comedian married Joyce Indig. The first time was in 1949 and they divorced in 1962. He actually left the entertainment business during that time to focus on his family. The two then remarried a year later, only to divorce in 1970.
Rodney Dangerfield then married Joan Child in 1993 and they stayed together until his death.
12. Ben Stein and Alexandra Denman
The actor has been married to only one woman in his life, but married her twice. He first married Alexandra Denman in 1968 and divorced in 1974. But they were able to find their way back to each other and married again in 1977.
“Then Ben pursued me again — and won me all over again. He’s very persistent,” said Denman, according to People. It stuck, and they are still married today.
13. Marie Osmond and Stephen Craig
The singer married her first husband, Stephen Craig, twice. The first time around was in 1982 and it ended three years later. After divorcing the basketball player, she moved on to Brian Blosil and married and divorced him before going back to Craig.
“I am so happy and look forward to sharing my life with Stephen, who is an amazing man, as well as a great father to my children,” she said when announcing her Las Vegas wedding to Craig in 2011. The two are still together.
14. Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gladys Portugues
The martial artist married his current wife, Gladys Portugues, twice. The first time was in 1987 and they divorced in 1992. They later made up and married again in 1999. It hasn’t been easy, even though they are still making it work. She filed for divorce a second time, but they called it off.
“The JCVD family is still strong,” the actor said, according to Daily Mail. “The kids are strong, the wife is strong. There’s so much divorce around the world and it’s very bad for the children.”
15. Dionne Warwick and William Elliott
The only man the icon married, she ended up marrying twice. It was actor William Elliott, who first married her in 1966 and divorced her in the next year. They then turned around and got remarried three months later.
“It was a case of can’t do with, can’t do without, so I married him again,” she said, according to The Telegraph. They eventually divorced again in 1975.
16. Nene and Gregg Leakes
The reality star married Gregg Leakes in 1997 and it lasted until 2011. They divorced, with their problems pretty well documented on the show, Real Housewives of Atlanta.
But the show also followed them getting back together. “Greg & I hope 2 inspire others 2 save their marriage,” wrote the actress, according to People. The two remarried in 2013 and they’re still together.
17. Sinbad and Meredith Adkins
The comedian has only married one woman, Meredith Adkins, and ended up doing it twice. The couple first tied the knot in 1985. They divorced in 1992 and remarried in 2002. It turned out to be a happy ending because they’re still together.
“I knew I was never, ever going to remarry. I just couldn’t keep trying to introduce a stepmother and that sort of junk,” he told Quad-City Times. “I always thought that was insane.”
18. Lana Turner and Steve Crane
The Imitation of Life star also racked up a lot of marriages throughout her life. The only husband she gave a second chance to was Steve Crane. They first married in 1942, only to annul it in the next year.
Their second marriage started in 1943 and ended in 1944. The two had a daughter together who later made headlines for fatally stabbing mobster Johnny Stompanato.
19. Fred and Franchesska Berry
The What’s Happening!! actor married his first wife twice. The first marriage with Franchesska Berry started in 1976 and fell apart within the same year.
They tried again in 1978, only to divorce again in 1980. The actor went on to get married three more times to other women.
20. Paul Hogan and Noelene Edwards
The Crocodile Dundee star married his first wife, Noelene Edwards, twice. The first marriage started in 1958 and ended in 1981. They tried again later, marrying in 1982 and eventually getting divorced in 1990. It didn’t end on good terms.
“He doesn’t speak to me,” Edwards told Woman’s Day.
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