Celebrities Married the Most Number of Times

Marriage in the glitzy world of celebrities is often regarded as a union of love, but for some stars, it seems to be a journey filled with multiple chapters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the celebrities who have taken the plunge into matrimony more times than most.

Zsa Zsa Gábor (9 Marriages)

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Born in Budapest, Hungary, Zsa Zsa Gábor was not only known for her acting career but also for her eventful love life. The glamorous starlet tied the knot an astonishing nine times, with marriages ranging from the 1930s to the year of her death in 2016. Her last husband, Von Anhalt was 27 years younger than her, earned her the title of Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony as he was adopted by Germany’s Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt.

  • Burhan Belge (1937–1941)
  • Conrad Hilton (1942–1947)
  • George Sanders (1949–1954)
  • Herbert Hunter (1962–1966)
  • Joshua S. Cosden, Jr. (1966–1967)
  • Jack Ryan (1975–1976)
  • Michael O’Hara (1976–1983)
  • Felipe de Alba (1983; annulled)
  • Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (1986–Gabor’s death in 2016)

Larry King (8 Marriages)

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The iconic Larry King, renowned for his decades-long career in broadcasting, was no stranger to the institution of marriage. His eight unions showcased a journey of love, complexities, and personal growth. King was known to be a compulsive womanizer. As well, the NY Post reported he had filed for bankruptcies a few times, had a larceny arrest and scammed loans from banks. 

  • Freda Miller (1952–1953; annulled)
  • Annette Kaye (1961)
  • Alene Akins (1961–1963)
  • Mickey Stuphin (1964–1967)
  • Alene Akins (again; 1968–1971)
  • Sharon Lepore (1976–1983)
  • Julie Alexander (1989–1992)
  • Shawn Southwick (1997–2019)

Elizabeth Taylor (8 Marriages)

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Hollywood’s violet-eyed beauty, Elizabeth Taylor, captivated audiences not only with her talent but also with her eventful romantic life. Her eight marriages were as dramatic and glamorous as the roles she played on-screen. Her most notable love affair was with Eddie Fisher, who was the husband of her Matron of Honor, Debbie Reynolds at her previous wedding. Her marriage to Fisher ended after falling in love with Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra. 

  • Conrad Hilton, Jr. (1950–51)
  • Michael Wilding (1952–57)
  • Mike Todd (1957–58; his death)
  • Eddie Fisher (1959–64)
  • Richard Burton (1964–74)
  • Richard Burton (again; 1975–76)
  • John Warner (1976–82)
  • Larry Fortensky (1991–96)

Mickey Rooney (8 Marriages)

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Mickey Rooney, the legendary actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood, was not only known for his on-screen charisma but also for his numerous trips down the aisle. Rooney’s marriage to Carolyn Mitchell ended in tragedy, as she was murdered by stuntman and actor Milos Milos after she tried to end their affair. 

  • Ava Gardner (1942–43)
  • B.J. Baker (1944–49)
  • Martha Vickers (1949–51)
  • Elaine Devry (1952–58)
  • Carolyn Mitchell (birth name Barbara Ann Thomason) (1958–66; her death)
  • Marge Lane (1966–67)
  • Carolyn Hockett (1969–75)
  • Jan Chamberlin (1978–Rooney’s death in 2014)

Lana Turner (8 Marriages)

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Lana Turner, the glamorous actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, not only graced the silver screen but also made headlines with her eight marriages. Tuner acquired the nickname “Sweater Girl” after wearing form fitting sweaters in the movie “They Won’t Forget.” Her most memorable relationship wasn’t even with one of her husbands, rather with boyfriend and mobster Johnny Stompanato. Turner’s daughter fatally stabbed Stompanato with a kitchen knife because he was physically abusing Turner. Her daughter was acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide. 

  • Artie Shaw (1939–1940)
  • Joseph Stephen Crane (1942–1943; annulled)
  • Joseph Stephen Crane (1943–1944)
  • Henry J. Topping (1948–1952)
  • Lex Barker (1953–1957)
  • Fred May (1960–1962)
  • Robert Eaton (1965–1969)
  • Ronald Dante (1969–1972)

Artie Shaw (8 Marriages)

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Artie Shaw, the legendary clarinetist and bandleader, not only left his mark on the music industry but also on the institution of marriage with his eight unions. He was married to two glamorous actresses, Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. Unfortunately, both described Shaw as extremely emotionally abusive and controlling. 

  • Jane Cairns (1932-1933; annulled)
  • Margaret Allen (1934-1937)
  • Lana Turner (1939-1940)
  • Elizabeth Kern (1941-1943)
  • Ava Gardner (1945-1946)
  • Kathleen Winsor (1946-1948; annulled)
  • Doris Dowling (1952-1956)
  • Evelyn Keyes (1957-1985)

Richard Pryor (7 Marriages)

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Comedy legend Richard Pryor, known for his groundbreaking stand-up and acting career, also had a series of marriages that reflected the ups and downs of his personal life. Pryor had seven children with six women. He was diagnosed with MS in 1986. His fourth wife, Jennifer Lee returned to his side while he battled the disease until his death. 

  • Patricia Price (1960–1961)
  • Shelley R. Bonis (1967–1969)
  • Deborah McGuire (1977–1978)
  • Jennifer Lee (1979–1982)
  • Flynn Belaine (1986–1987)
  • Flynn Belaine (again; 1990–1991)
  • Jennifer Lee (again; 2001–2005; his death)

Gregg Allman (7 Marriages)

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Gregg Allman was an American rock musician and songwriter best known as the co-founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. His most famous union was with rock star Cher, who was one of seven different spouses in his lifetime. His marriage to Cher was nothing short of tumultuous. Cher initially filed for divorce just ten days after they were married due to Allman’s substance abuse issues. He was able to convince Cher to try again and although they produced a son and a album together, the marriage didn’t survive. 

  • Shelley Kay Winters (1971-1972)
  • Janice Blair (1973-1974)
  • Cher (1975-1978)
  • Julie Bindas (1979-1984)
  • Danielle Galliano (1989-1994)
  • Stacey Fountain (2001-2004)
  • Shannon Williams (2012-Allman’s death in 2017)

 

Jerry Lee Lewis (7 Marriages)

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Jerry Lee Lewis, was an American rock and roll and country music icon. He was renowned for his frenzied piano playing and also his third marriage to his 13 year-old cousin. She was nine years younger than Lewis and it was a scandal that hit his career hard. They eventually divorced after having two children and he married four more times after that. 

  • Dorothy Barton (1952–1953)
  • Jane Mitchum (1953–1957)
  • Myra Gale Brown (1957–1970)
  • Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate (1971–1982)
  • Shawn Stephens (1983–1983)
  • Kerrie McCarver (1984–2005)
  • Judith Brown (2012-present)

 

Martha Raye (7 Marriages)

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Martha Raye was an American actress and comedian. With a career spanning over seven decades, she showcased her versatile talents in film, television, and on stage. 

  • Hamilton Westmore (1937)
  • David Rose (1938–1941)
  • Neal Lang (1941–1944)
  • Nick Condos (1944–1953)
  • Edward T. Begley (1954–1956)
  • Robert O’Shea (1956–1960)
  • Mark Harris (1991–1994; her death)

 

Tony Curtis (6 Marriages)

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Tony Curtis was an iconic American actor whose career spanned several decades. He rose to fame in the 1950s and ’60s, starring in a wide range of films that showcased his talent and versatility. Curtis and Leigh were a power couple in the industry but he was known as a womanizer and also had an affair with Marilyn Monroe while filming “Some Like it Hot.”

  • Janet Leigh (1951–1962)
  • Christine Kaufmann (1963–1967)
  • Leslie Allen (1968–1982)
  • Andrea Savio (1984–1992)
  • Lisa Deutsch (1993–1994)
  • Jill Vandenberg Curtis (1998–2010; his death)

 

Rue McClanahan (6 Marriages)

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Best known for her role as Blanche Devereaux in the hit television series Golden Girls later in her career. Her portrayal of the vivacious and flirtatious Southern belle earned her critical acclaim.

  • Tom Bish (1958-1959)
  • Norman Hartweg (1959-1961)
  • Peter DeMaio (1964-1971)
  • Gus Fisher (1976-1979)
  • Tom Keel (1984-1985)
  • Morrow Wilson (1997-her death)

Feature Image of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: Wikimedia Commons. Courier-Gazette, McKinney, TX Photo from 20th Century Fox, producer of the film. Public Domain. 

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