A little closer to home, John Singleton, who has been married six times, has embarked on a new romance with a 50-year-old divorced mother of two, Kim Dennis. His new relationship with the ex-girlfriend of radio personality Steve Price, on the eve of Singo’s 81st birthday, has surprised no one.
When his biographer, the late Gerald Stone, wrote about Singleton’s retinue of wives – which at last count have included an international supermodel, a Miss World winner, a current affairs reporter and a divorce lawyer – he described a series of often tumultuous relationships in the “Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor mould”.
Perhaps Singleton should have taken a leaf out of the late Australian television icon Reg Grundy’s book. Grundy married seven times (perhaps more, the tally is a little sketchy) during his life, but only to two women, with his second wife, former Ipswich barrel girl Joy Chambers, scoring the most weddings.
Joy once told Woman’s Day: “We love to celebrate our marriage and, in fact, Reg said to me yesterday, ‘Why don’t we get married again?’ I said ‘Darling, really? It’ll be like six times’, and it’s probably not necessary, but it’s a really nice thing to do.”
It wasn’t quite the same love story for the late actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who married nine times in her 99 years to nine different men.
She once quipped: “A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it.”
Liz Taylor had seven husbands but eight weddings – marrying Welsh actor Richard Burton twice. US chat show host Larry King has been married eight times but to seven brides.
Martin Scorsese, the director behind films such as Raging Bull, Goodfellas and the Wolf of Wall Street has been married five times.
Hollywood actress Lana Turner was married eight times. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis was married seven times, as was comedy actor Richard Pryor, while actor Tony Curtis tied the knot six times.
Actor Henry Fonda was married five times – the same number as Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable, Stan Laurel, Dennis Hopper and Billy Bob Thornton.
Five has also been the lucky number for Joan Collins, who, at 89, is still in her longest marriage so far, with Percy Gibson, 32 years her junior.
She revealed to Britain’s The Sunday Times back in 2013 that the secret to their success was apparently pretty simple:
“There are rules for living with Joan Collins, but I’m sure there are rules for living with anyone,” she said, referring to herself in the third person.
“We’re never in the bathroom together. In fact, I think it’s important to have separate bathrooms.”
Ben Affleck better call a plumber.
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