The Ten Shortest Celebrity Marriages

Ten very public weddings and marriages in the world of celebrities.
While Kim Kardashin and Chris Humphries have managed to become the running joke of the short marriage world with their 72-day marriage, they are far from being the celebrities with the shortest marriages.  One can only speculate that the reasons for this couple being so talked about is their public life on Kim’s reality show and the fact they spent 10 million dollars and a lot of hype on two weddings.  However, these 10 counted down marriages were also very public, lasted a lot less time, and in some cases make the Kardashin/Humphries marriage look like it lasted for years.

Number 10: Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine – 32 days
These two got married in 1964, for 32 days.  Both claimed love at first site as the reason for getting married and were married the day after Borgnine‘s divorce was finalized with his first wife.  The marriage managed to make it through the honeymoon, before his bad temper and physical violence caused Merman to file for divorce.

Number 9: Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas – 29 days
Drew Barrymore has been very public in her comments about how she loves to be engaged and to have weddings.  Five engagements and 3 marriages later it seems to be true although it remains to be seen if the third time to Will Kopelman in 2012 is going to be the charm.  Her first wedding to Jeremy Thomas in 1994 makes the list because it lasted 29 days.  Her second wedding to Tom Green in 2001 didn’t last too much longer, with the divorce happening 5 months after the wedding.

Number 8: Ali Landry and Mario Lopez -18 days
Cheating seems to be the reason for this 6-year long relationship and 2004 18-day marriage of Lopez and Landry breaking up.  She claims to have found out he cheated on her, while he denies it.  All that is certain is the two of them are no longer together.

Number 7: Sinead O-Connor and Barry Herridge – 16 days
This 16-day marriage in late 2011 appears to have happened due to a personal ad placed by Sinead, looking for a life partner.  Apparently, Herridge fit the bill for 16 days before the two split up although it rumors have the two being on and off again since.  It seems a little pot smoking on Sinead’s part was cause for him and she cited his friends and family not liking her as the cause.  Maybe these two should have taken the time to get to know each other before jumping into marriage.

Number 6: Tracy Edmonds and Eddie Murphy – 15 days
The question has to be asked if this union really counts as a marriage or not since the couple got married in Bora Bora in 2007 for 15 days before returning to the US where their marriage is not considered legal.  The US citizens couple planned to get married again after returning to the US but broke up before the legal union happened, citing they would rather remain friends than husband and wife.

Number 5: Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman – 9 days
An obvious celebrity publicity stunt, although the couple denies it, claiming they did love each other.  The two appear to have been lured in by the fun of Las Vegas in 1998, resulting in an annulment 9 days later.  Rodman still remembers it fondly saying, “Carmen is in the Top 10 best lovers he’s ever had, out of over 2,000.”

Number 4: Catherine Oxenberg and Robert Evans – 9 days

1998 appears not to have been a good year for long-term marriage for another couple as the marriage of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg and Robert Evans falls apart after only 9 days.  He appears to be another celebrity who likes the wedding more than the marriage since he was married 7 times for no longer than three years on any occasion before marrying Oxenberg. 

Number 3: Michelle Phillips and Dennis Hopper – 9 days
Lured in the by “bad boy” Dennis Hopper, Michelle Phillips from the Mamas and Papas, managed to stay married for 9 days in 1970 before filing for divorce on the grounds of she couldn’t stay married due to Hopper’s need for “unnatural sexual demands.”  Another whirlwind relationship that could have benefited from getting to know one another, although Hopper’s attraction to sex and drugs was not a secret since it was followed publicly by the news arena.

Number 2: Britney Spears and Jason Alexander - 55 hours
The lure of a wedding in Vegas strikes again in  and probably a little too much partying for these two in the number two spot for shortest marriages, considering it happened on New Year’s 2004.  Spears asked longtime friend and sex partner Jason Alexander to marry her after a night of fun.  55 hours later she claims that she “lacked understanding of her actions” in her request for annulment. 

Number 1: Jean Acker and Rudolph Valentino – 6 hours
And the shortest celebrity marriage managed to last until the end of the wedding reception, where six hours after being married in 1919, Jean Acker locked Valentino “the Latin Lover” out of the honeymoon suite.  Her marriage was annulled on the grounds “the marriage was never consummated.”  One has to wonder what happened between the Italian actor and the American actress, that she changed her mind so quickly after the wedding.

Several other claims for shorter marriages pop up on short celebrity marriage lists, such as the Cher and Gregg Allman wedding which lasted 9 days before she filed for divorce.  The marriage did not make the list because the divorce never happened and they remained married for four years and had a child before breaking up for good.  Another claim to a short marriage is the wedding of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Felipe de Alba, which lasted a day, but she was still married to Michael O’Hara so the wedding was never legal.

An experienced jewelry designer, Liz Hoefling writes independently for A-Jonline from Snellville, GA. She focuses on custom jewelry design.
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