Friday, 26 September 2014

Hollywood Homewreckers

Urban Dictionary defines a homewrecker as: one who comes into your life, and screws it all up. This involves stealing your boyfriend/girlfriend, puppy, your friends, until they pretty much take over your entire life.

In Hollywood the lasting record of relationships is scathingly thin. Yet I'm interested in the relationships that have broken apart from the movies, Brangelina style. 

Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter

This steamy love affair began during the filming for Branagh's 1994 film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein whilst he was married to actress and all round favourite person Emma Thompson. Their love affair lasted a mere five years but by that point Emma divorced his ass and won an Oscar or two. 

Today: Branagh, since 2003, has been married to film art director Lindsay Brunnock, Thompson has been married to actor Greg Wise for 11 years and they've got some kids and Bonham Carter also has some kids and has been with director Tim Burton since 2001.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

To much disbelief yes James Bond is married to that chick from The Mummy and yes they are super cute and awkward. These two lovebirds met on the set of 2011 film Dream House and essentially eloped with only their children (from other marriages) and some friends present. At the time of their courtship Weisz (pronounce it like VICE) was engaged to director Darren Aronofsky and despite the belief that they were split by 2010 it does seem a little fishy that she was married to Craig by 2011.. Hmm what the heck they're adorable and I wish I was one of the four invited to their wedding. 

Today: Craig and Weisz are happily married and taking awkward pics since 2011 and Aronofsky is engaged to producer Brandi-Ann Milbradt. 

Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen

These guys met on the set of 1972 film The Getaway and began a torrid love affair whilst she was married to producer Robert Evans. It is believed that MacGraw divorced Evans in order to marry McQueen which they did so in 1973. Unfortunately it ended in divorce in 1978 amidst further rumours of infidelity yet these two had something really cool going on for a bit, before it got all crazy.

Today: MacGraw hasn't remarried and nor should she need to, Evans has been married a total of four more times each lasting 1-2 years and McQueen married Barbara Minty in 1980 and died from an asbestos related cancer not long after. Doesn't seem like anyone ended up better off. 

Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe

This unlikely pair met during the 2000 filming of Proof of Life whilst Ryan was married to Hollywood heavyweight Dennis Quaid. Despite claims that Quaid had cheated on her in the past, Ryan went along and got with Crowe anyway and whatever, who cares what anyone else did, this still happened so lets move on. 

Today: Crowe married Danielle Spencer in 2001 and they had two kids together but they separated in 2012. Ryan just broke up with John Mellancamp and they'd been together for three years. Oh and she broke up his marriage too. Quaid married real estate agent Kimberley Buffington in 2004 and they had twins in 2007. She threatened him with divorce at least three times and they almost split for good a few more times consistently fighting over custody. They should have just done a Parent Trap and split them up and reconciled in the end and it would have been the best ever. 

Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

No this is not a polygamist Big Love style marriage. Unfortunately. This is instead a two way, double-whammy, karma filled comeback to bite ya affair. 

So in 1955 Fisher married Reynolds and get this their daughter is Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia! In 1959 when Fisher's best friend and Taylor's husband Mike Todd died Fisher was there to console her until he consoled her a little too much and they got together. They married in 1959 and split in 1964 when Taylor met Richard Burton. Now no need to explain this really except that Taylor cheated on Fisher with Burton and the rest is history.

Today: Taylor married Burton twice and married a few more other guys and remained a spinster until her death in 2011. Fisher also married a few more times and died in 2010. Reynolds also married a few more times and is luckily still alive and remains a legend. Burton again married a few more times but died in 1980 from a brain haemorrhage. 

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