Most-frequently divorced celebrities (12 images)

Two divorces? Three divorces? That's just the starting point for these famous frequenters of the front pages of the tabloids and gossip rags, both for their indiscretions during their marriages and the sheer number of matrimonials they've been involved with over the course of their lives.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM
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Famous for her modeling, and having signed the largest contract in cosmetics history with CoverGirl, according to Brinkley herself, Brinkley also eventually gained fame for her series of marriages. She began with French artist Jean-Francois Allaux in 1973, who she divorced after eight years. Next came Billy Joel in 1985, with whom she had one child, with the marriage ending in 1994.

Real estate developer Richard Taubman came next in the same year, with Taubman proposing to Brinkley while she was still married to Joel. They divorced a year later. Finally came architect Peter Halsey Cook, who she married in 1996. They had one child, and divorced in 2008. UPI/Monika Graff.

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Most famous for her role as the fiendish Alexis Colby on "Dynasty," Collins first married in 1952 at the age of 19 to Irish actor Maxwell Reed. The two divorced in 1956, moving on to singer Anthony Newley in 1963 and divorcing him in 1970. Keeping along with the musical theme, Collins married Apple Records president Ron Kass in 1972, with divorce following 11 years afterward.

Again, in 1985, Collins married to Swedish singer Peter Holm, with the end to that union coming just two years later. After a lengthy hiatus from matrimony, Collins married Percy Gibson in 2002, and the two are still married, despite a 32 year age difference between them. UPI/John Angelillo

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Lewis, one of the most influential figures in the formative years of rock 'n roll music, experienced an equally rocky series of marriages. His first marriage, in 1952, ended after 20 months, while he was reportedly 14 years old (a fact that comes from Lewis during a 1978 interview in People Magazine). His second marriage lasted for four years until ending in 1957, and he had two children during that stretch.

Lewis' third marriage was his most notorious. In 1957, he married Myra Gale Brown, who just happened to be his first cousin once removed, and 13 years old. When news of the marriage broke out to the public, his career was almost completely ruined, and he was blacklisted from radio. Their marriage, strangely, lasted 13 years, before they divorced. Lewis' fourth wife, who he married in 1971, drowned in their swimming pool and his fifth wife also met an unfortunately early end when she died from a methadone overdose in 1984. Lewis' last wife, Kerrie McCarver, came onto the scene in 1984, and their marriage lasted 20 years until, again, ending in divorce. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

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The daughter of Judy Garland and breakout star from the film adaptation of "Cabaret," Minelli first married Peter Allen in 1967, and quickly turned around after their divorce in 1974 to marry director Jack Haley Jr. That union lasted five years, until she married artist Mark Gero. The two remained together for 13 years. Then, in 2002, Minelli captured the attention of tabloids with her marriage to the admittedly strange promoter David Gest, before their marriage came to an end in 2007. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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Arguably the greatest director of all time, Scorsese has admittedly been met with less success in matrimony. His first marriage in 1965 to a fellow student at NYU ended after six years, and his second, to writer Julia Cameron, concluded after a single year. Next came actress Isabella Rossellini in 1979, who he divorced in 1983, marrying producer Barbara De Fina in the same year. But he and De Fina's union ended in 1991. Scorsese's latest marriage to book editor Helen Morris is faring better, with no divorce in sight after their marriage in 1999. UPI/David Silpa
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For a romance novelist, Steel hasn't seemed to have encountered much romantic synergy in her own life. First married at the age of 18 to banker Claude-Eric Lazard, the two were separated for a long time before she divorced nine years later only to enter a short union with Danny Zugelder, which ended after he was convicted of sexual assault. Her next marriage met an end just two weeks after it began.

In 1981, she married wine seller John Traina, with whom she had five children and remained together with for 17 years. Steel is currently married to Tom Perkins, the creator of a venture capital firm. (UPI Photo/Ken James)

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Thorton seems to have a thing for two-year marriages. His first, to Melissa Lee Gatlin, started in 1978 and ended in 1980. His second, to Toni Lawrence, lasted two years, as did his 1990-1992 marriage to actress Cynda Williams. In 1993, he married Playboy model Pietra Cherniak, with the two divorcing in 1997 as Cherniak accused him of abuse. Though he was engaged to actress Laura Dern, he eventually married Angelina Jolie in 2000. The two eventually separated though, and divorced in 2003. UPI/Phil McCarten
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