Hollywood's 36 Shortest Marriages Ever

Some of these celebrity couples probably should have thought twice before saying “I do."

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Romeo and Juliet weren’t the only star-crossed lovers. Most marriage vows make mention of “’til death do us part,” and most people take that seriously. At the same time, most people aren’t celebrities who aren't granted the luxury of privacy when it comes to their relationships and love lives. We’re always rooting for them to work it out, but sometimes, that’s just not the way the stars align. Here, some celebrity couples who probably should have thought twice before saying “I do”—some were parted even before their first anniversary!

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Rudolph Valentino & Jean Acker

Married: 6 hours

What Went Wrong: This classic doomed romance perhaps started the trend of fast-paced divorce. Valentino, a famous Italian actor—nicknamed "the Latin Lover"—impulsively married the American actress Acker in 1919. She quickly regretted the decision and locked him out of their honeymoon suite. After knocking for 20 minutes (at the door, not boots), he headed home. In divorce proceedings, she claimed they never consummated their union.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor & Felipe de Alba

Married: 1 day

What Went Wrong: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor married Count Felipe de Alba of Mexico on April 14, 1983, and divorced him on April 15, 1983. Her eighth and penultimate marriage, it wasn’t designed to last. In fact, Gabor came to discover that very same day that she was still married to her seventh husband, Beverly Hills lawyer Michael O’Hara. I mean, if you’ve been married seven times before, it must be difficult to keep straight whether or not you’re divorced.

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Britney Spears & Jason Alexander

Married: 2 days

What Went Wrong: The pop star wed her childhood sweetheart in a quickie Las Vegas ceremony in January 2004. Approximately 55 hours later, the marriage was annulled. She has since referred to their union—for which she allegedly proposed—as a "joke that went too far." Funny!

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Carmen Electra & Dennis Rodman

Married: 9 days

What Went Wrong: In wedding (and quickly divorcing) the Baywatch bombshell, the NBA star managed to break the record he'd set with his previous marriage, which lasted a whopping 82 days by comparison. After a little more than a week as husband and wife in 1998, the tattooed basketball player filed for an annulment, citing fraud and an unsound mind. (His own agent even said he was "deeply intoxicated" during the nuptials.) Wonder what Carmen's excuse was?

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Cher & Gregg Allman

Married: 9 days

What Went Wrong: In 1975, less than a week after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized, Cher married Allman in a Las Vegas hotel room on the spur of the moment. But after rumors of Allman abandoning her for a drinking-and-drug binge, Cher filed to dissolve the marriage nine days after their wedding. This one isn't all bad, though, the couple did reconcile a month later and decided not to divorce, had a son, Elijah Blue Allman, and put out the universally panned album Two the Hard Way two years later. The marital bliss finally came to an official close in 1979.

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Mario Lopez & Ali Landry

Married: 2 weeks

What Went Wrong: Perhaps marriage does change things. The couple, who had dated for six years, finally wed in April 2004 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, only to split less than two weeks later. The reason? Landry said she discovered "really strong evidence" of the Saved by the Bell star's infidelity.

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Ethel Merman & Ernest Borgnine

Married: 4 weeks

What Went Wrong: The fact that each had at least two failed marriages behind them didn't stop them from tying the knot in 1964. The Broadway songstress and the Oscar winner's union, however, began unraveling during the honeymoon. Apparently, he garnered more fan attention, which left her jealous. "By the time we got home," he once said, "it was hell on earth." How romantic.

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Chris Kattan & Sunshine Tutt

Married: 8 weeks

What Went Wrong: The Saturday Night Live alum wed his model girlfriend in June 2008 in Yosemite Valley, California. "It feels real and honest, and I have more of a continuous smile than I have ever had before," he said at the time. Although he may not have predicted such a rapid demise, he might have seen this one coming: He had a prenuptial agreement.

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Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries

Married: 10 weeks

What Went Wrong: You'd think if you spent $10 million on a lavish wedding in which you had three costume changes and enough footage to warrant a four-hour E! television special, you'd try to make it last a little longer than a mere 72 days. That turned out to not be so, with Kim releasing a statement saying, “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.” This, of course, lead to speculation that the whole thing was one big publicity stunt, something both Kardashian and Humphries have denied. It all turned out okay in the end, though—Kim is now one-half of the duo known as Kimye and a mother of three, and Kris is…well, Kris is a lot harder to find than Kim is.

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Nicky Hilton & Todd Andrew Meister

Married: 2 months, 25 days

What Went Wrong: In August 2004, 20-year-old Hilton made headlines when she wed New York businessman Meister in a quickie late-night Vegas wedding. Grandniece of Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. (another feature on this list), Nicky wore a short aqua halter-neck dress and a crystal wedding veil. The groom wore jeans, and sister Paris, then 23, served as a bridesmaid in a pink dress. Nicole Richie and Bijou Phillips also attended the spontaneous nuptials. Meister and Hilton dissolved the marriage after three months, mostly because they were bi-coastal and because (we're guessing) they'd woken up and just said, “Hey, let’s get married today!” We can’t blame the crazy kids; we’ve all done impulsive things.

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Lisa Marie Presley & Nicolas Cage

Married: 3 months

What Went Wrong: Maybe Elvis's daughter finally learned her lesson? Following their split in 2002, Presley—who was also wed to Michael Jackson for only 20 months—called it "a big mistake," adding, "I'm sad about this, but we should not have been married in the first place."

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Kid Rock & Pamela Anderson

Married: 3 months, 29 days

What Went Wrong: This one seemed meant to be: He’s a rocker, she’s a model. But some things that make sense can backfire in the end. The pair married on a yacht in July of 2006 and Anderson filed for divorce in November of 2006. A quick turnaround, right? The reason for the split has never been confirmed—rumors of Kid Rock being upset about Anderson’s appearance in Borat swirled—but both have confirmed that they haven’t spoken since their split.

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Renée Zellweger & Kenny Chesney

Married: 4 months

What Went Wrong: The actress and the country singer seemed an unlikely pair, but after only four months of dating, they got hitched in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in May 2005. Their split was less unlikely, but more confusing. In a joint statement, the couple said, "The miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start is the only reason for this annulment." Riiiight. Zellweger even forgot it happened: when asked, the Oscar-winner told The Advocate, "I forgot about that. It’s a pretty big thing to forget, isn’t it?"

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Jennifer Lopez & Cris Judd

Married: 4 months

What Went Wrong: The musician/actress married the celebrity choreographer in September 2001, but by January, they were through. She told Us Weekly that "his love is what I need most of all" just weeks before their marriage ended. Judd reportedly pocketed $15 million in the split, and Lopez accepted a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring from Ben Affleck 5 months before the divorce was finalized. (And we all know how that turned out....)

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Colin Farrell & Amelia Warner

Married: 4 months

What Went Wrong: The Irish playboy never seemed like one to settle down, and he proved that shortly after marrying the 19-year-old actress (he was 25 at the time) in Bora Bora. Although he has a lasting reminder of his bride—in the form of a tattoo that says "Millie" on his ring finger—the marriage was easily dissolved, as it wasn't legally binding.

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Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Esposito

Married: 5 months

What Went Wrong: Before the Hangover stud really hit it big, he proposed to the actress in October 2006 and married her in late December. According to his publicist, the breakup was mutual and they'd actually "been separated for quite a while" before the five-month mark.

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Sophia Bush & Chad Michael Murray

Married: 5 months

What Went Wrong: The two met on the set of their CW show One Tree Hill and, shortly after exchanging handwritten vows in April 2005, had to deal with the pains of working with an ex. "I can't say there are no hard feelings," Bush told Us Weekly. "I feel hurt, humiliated, and brokenhearted." The pair's relationship both personally and professionally never recovered—they even refueled their beef this summer when Bush told Andy Cohen she felt "pressured" to marry Murray and Murray...let's just say Murray didn't like that assessment.

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Drew Barrymore & Tom Green

Married: 5 months

What Went Wrong: After two years of dating, the pair married in July 2001, but separated in November 2001. The marriage seemed doomed to fail from the jump—we don't know what caused the breakdown of their relationship, but surely the comedian's testicular cancer diagnosis and the fire that destroyed Barrymore's home didn't help matters much. This isn't Barrymore's shortest marriage, either: The actress wed bartender Jeremy Thomas when she was just 19 years old, and their relationship lasted just 12 weeks in total.

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Shannen Doherty & Ashley Hamilton

Married: 5 months

What Went Wrong: In 1993, the Beverly Hills, 90210 star married the son of actor George Hamilton in a DIY ceremony—the 22-year-old barefoot bride wore a silk bathrobe down the aisle—after a two-week courtship. Classy, right? The marriage came to a screeching halt when Hamilton accused the actress of threatening him with a pistol.

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Colton Haynes & Jeff Leatham

Married: 6 months, 4 days

What Went Wrong: The Teen Wolf actor and the artistic director were set up by superstar Serena Williams and had a storybook romance: a meet-cute in an airport, passed notes on an airplane, an engagement featuring Cher, and a rose-filled wedding officiated by Kris Jenner. But then it seemed to be over as soon as it started. In April 2018, six months after their nuptials, Haynes deleted several photos of the pair from his Instagram, and stopped using his married named, “Haynes-Leatham.” Haynes denies rumors that Leatham cheated, but this is a bummer.

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Elizabeth Taylor & Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr.

Married: 6 months, 21 days

What Went Wrong: After National Velvet, Elizabeth Taylor was the hottest thing in Hollywood, and at only 18 years old. Hilton was a 24-year-old man-about-town and heir to the Hilton fortune. It was basically destiny for these two, but their quick marriage resulted in a scandal. According to Taylor, the marriage was basically over by the time they’d returned from their two-week honeymoon, and their entire marriage from wedding to divorce, lasted 205 days. But it didn’t deter her whatsoever—Hilton was just the first of Taylor’s eventual nine marriages. Get it, girl!

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Luann de Lesseps & Tom D’Agostino Jr.

Married: 7 months, 3 days

What Went Wrong: Can you believe it, girls, it was about Tom all along! In August of 2017, Luann DeLesseps of The Real Housewives of New York City announced she and her husband of seven months, Tom D’Agostino were divorcing. Their whirlwind relationship was captured by the Housewives cameras and they got married on New Years’ Eve 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida, but the pair just couldn’t make it past the trouble in their marriage. After being confronted with multiple rumors of Tom’s infidelity (even before the wedding) and a report that Luann had slapped Tom at a restaurant in New York City, Luann’s “passionate love affair” came to a quick end.

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Pamela Anderson & Rick Solomon

Married: 2 months, 7 days (first marriage); 5 months, 22 days (second marriage); 7 months, 29 days (total)

What Went Wrong: This one’s a double-whammy, because these two made it down the aisle twice, and it didn’t work out…twice, and the combined total of their two marriages is still less than a year. The first go-around, the pair wed on October 6, 2007, between Anderson’s 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. performances in Hans Klok's The Beauty of Magic at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. No, really. They basically got married at intermission. Pamela Anderson is really good at getting married. In December 2007, Anderson annulled the marriage after 68 days. However, The pair reconciled multiple times in the following years, and married for a second time in January 2014, only for it all to fall apart 173 days later. Their second separation was much worse than the first—the pair accused the other of fraud—and they wound up apologizing to their families for the public nature of their divorce.

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Elisabeth Moss & Fred Armisen

Married: 8 months, 1 day

What Went Wrong: Armisen and Moss met when Moss stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live on October 25, 2008, and married a year to the day later…only to break up after just eight months. Moss filed for divorce in September 2010. It doesn’t seem like it was a great marriage: Moss has gone on record saying the relationship was “extremely traumatic and awful and horrible,” and “one of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, ‘He’s so great at doing impersonations, but the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.’” Yeesh.

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Jeremy Renner & Sonni Pacheco

Married: 11 months

What Went Wrong: We don’t know a ton about this one, but we do know it went downhill rather rapidly, and it wasn’t pretty. After a January 2014 wedding that was kept secret for months, Pacheco filed for divorce in December, citing irreconcilable differences, and asked Renner to return the passport, birth certificate, and social security card he allegedly kept from her, as well as physical custody of their daughter, Ava Berlin, who had been born in March 2013. They settled the terms of the divorce, and Ava frequently makes appearances on Renner’s Instagram.

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Marilyn Monroe & Joe Dimaggio

Married: 274 days

What Went Wrong: Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe share a kiss following their marriage ceremony in a judge's chambers in San Francisco, California. The tumultuous relationship between the New York Yankee and starlet ended in a flash, with Monroe citing "mental cruelty" as the basis for their divorce.

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Scarlett Johansson & Ryan Reynolds

Married: 1,095 days


What Went Wrong: Johansson and Reynolds wed in 2008, and divorced three short years later in 2011. Married at the the young age of 23, Johansson explains that her marriage to Reynolds may have been more lust than love. The two had an amiable break-up announcing it in a statement that individually the two still had "love and kindness" for one another.

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Aaliyah & R. Kelly

Married: A few months

What Went Wrong: Or maybe we should be asking what went right? Not much. A then 27-year-old Kelly married 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah in a secret ceremony in Chicago. Kelly allegedly bribed a government worker to administer the minor a fake I.D., but her parents had the marriage annulled merely months later.

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Katy Perry & Russell Brandt

Married: 14 months

What Went Wrong: Brandt blamed busy Hollywood schedules for the demise of his marriage to singer, Katy Perry. Friends of the then-couple have reportedly said that the warning signs were imminent before the couple ever got hitched— with Brandt a notorious party boy and Perry 10 years his junior.

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Eminem & Kim Mathers

Married: Once for two years, another for less than one

What Went Wrong: Where do we start? Eminem filed for divorce after Kim went a bit mad after he sang the less-than-flattering song "Kim" live at a concert she where she was in attendance. They got back together a year later and had a a daughter (Hailee), but their marriage lasted less than a year before they re-divorced.


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