What are some famous long-term marriages that ended in divorce?

Wow. Looks like I was taken in. If you can’t believe something you read on the internet, well I just don’t know what!

As always, thanks for fighting my ignorance.
I feel like the “low hanging fruit” of the SDMB sometimes.

As in, sweet, easy to get, and squeezably soft?

THAT made me laugh out loud. Thanks!

No, I just seem to be ignorant in so many areas and people here are able to set me straight with humor and compassion. I figure, you can’t fight ignorance if there’s none around. We all have our different strengths we bring to the table.

The Who’s Pete Townshend and his wife Karen divorced in 2009 after 41 years of marriage. However, they had been separated since 1994 and I believe both had been seeing other people (Townshend has been living with his current girlfriend, musician Rachel Fuller, for several years), so the divorce can’t have been much of a surprise to anyone. The only mystery is what took so long. I don’t know if either of them were holding out any hope of patching things up, but I remember hearing they had wanted to avoid having to set up a formal custody arrangement for their youngest child (born 1989).

Robert Redford divorced his first wife after 27 years of marriage. He’s been with his current wife for 20-some years now too, though they just got married last year.

[Chris Rock]
That’s how hard marriage is. Nelson Mandela got a divorce.
[/Chris Rock]

The late Mississippi governor Kirk Fordice was married for 44 years when his wife divorced him due to infidelity. He was also the first Republican governor since Recustruction. Basically, an old, ornery, rich Mississippi redneck.

Fordice who was in his 60’s at the time was secretly having an affair with a woman his own age that he has known since kindergarten. The woman lived in Memphis, Tennessee. the whole thing was exposed when he drove back to Jackson unescorted and drove off the road injuring himself. After his divorce, he married the old hussie Ann in Memphis, but they were quickly divorced.

The fine governor was felled with luekemia several years after he left office with his ex-wife by his side… (no doubt waiting for the old fart to keel over…)

This should totally be your signature. It’s hilarious.

I just read today that Fran Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobsen divorced in 1999 after 21 years of marriage. The two had known each other since they were 15 years old. Somehow, it escaped Fran’s notice that Peter was gay.

I wonder how many of those couples were divorced long before they made it official.

Jack “The Odd Couple” Klugman married Brett Somers in 1953 and though they seperated in 1974, he remained married to her till she died in 2007. (54 years of marriage)

I’m not sure why exactly they never divorced, perhaps a religious thing?

But it makes me wonder how many of these couples who divorce after a long term marriage, were really divorced for all purposes long before they made it official

Maybe they were each other’s beards? :smiley:

Isaac Stern, the violinist, and his second wife divorced after 43 years of marriage.

Not as unusual as one might think.

Well, now…

Hume Cronyn DID remarry (rather quickly) after Jessica Tandy died. To a lady 20 years or so his junior.

I’ve heard he stayed legally married to Somers so he’d have an excuse for not marrying his long-term girlfriend Peggy Crosby.

Golfer Greg Norman was married for just under 25 years before divorcing his first wife. He later married Chris Evert, but that didn’t last long.

Is she the one who sued him for palimony?

Not that terribly long perhaps, but I didn’t realize until recently that Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were together for more than 20 years. They married in 1940 but lived together for at least a year and possibly longer before that; their neighbors were F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheila Graham were their neighbors when they lived together and used to enjoy listening to Desi and Lucy’s fights and make-ups. They filed for divorce at least twice before their children were born but held on until 1960. Both remarried to spouses who they remained with for similar but happier durations, but they continued to talk to each other almost daily and to see each frequently until Desi’s death, and she was clearly in mourning for him when Robert Stack read this letter from him the week she was honored and that he died.

ETA: This video made of Desi and Lucy playing with their grandson not long before he became terminally ill it’s clear they still had the hots for each other. When she ruffles his hair it’s almost endearing. Unfortunately they just couldn’t make it work as husband and wife (largely I understand due to his womanizing and her coldness- one of those “Henry and Eleanor” things).

Well, color me :eek: I had no idea!

That explains a scene from the Nanny where Fran is playing a horrible Juliet. Peter and a minor actress in the play have this exchange:

Minor Actress: How did she get the lead. She’'s terrible.
Peter: She must have slept with the producer.
Actress:I slept with the producer and I only got two lines.
Peter: I got Romeo.