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Back Story: A Brief Look at Notorious Marriages and Divorces in Nevada

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“KnoW WhEn To holD ThEm, AnD KnoW WhEn To FolD ThEm” –
A BrIEF looK AT noTorIouS mArrIAgES AnD DIVorCES In nEVADA
“Marriage is a gamble, let’s be honest.” – Yoko Ono.
If marriage is a gamble, it is only fitting that Nevada has had a significant role in many of the notorious marriages and divorces in America. Reno was once known as the “Divorce Capital of the World,” and Las Vegas has seen many drive-through and quickie weddings. The following is a list of A-listers who may have hit the “jackpot” by marrying in Nevada and those who used Nevada to cut their losses and run.
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Famous Marriages:
Barbara Hutton and Count Haugwitz Reventlow – March 1935 Betty Grable & Harry James – April 1943 Rita Hayworth & Dick Haymes – September 24, 1953 Kirk Douglas & Parisian Ann Buydens – May 28, 1954* Joan Crawford & Alfred Steele – May 1955* Howard Hughes & Jean Peters – January 12, 1957 Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward – January 29, 1958* Elizabeth Taylor & Eddie Fischer – May 12, 1959 Mary Tyler Moore & Grant Tinker – 1962 Betty White & Allen Ludden – June 14, 1963* Jane Fonda & Roger Vadim – August 14, 1965 Frank Sinatra & Mia Farrow – July 19, 1966 Elvis Presley & Priscilla Anne Beaulieu – May 1, 1967 Ann-Margret & Roger Smith – May 1967* Wayne Newton & Elaine Okamura – June 1968 George Hamilton & Alana Collins – October 1972 Cher & Gregg Allman – June 30, 1975 Robert Goulet & Vera Novak – 1982* Joan Collins & Peter Holm – November 6, 1985 Demi Moore & Bruce Willis – November 21, 1987 Jon Bon Jovi & Dorothea Hurley – April 29, 1989* Corey Feldman & Vanessa Marcil – August 6, 1989 Michael Jordan & Juanita Vanoy – September 2, 1989
Richard Gere & Cindy Crawford – December 12, 1991 Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos – May 1, 1996* Carmen Electra & Dennis Rodman – November 15, 1998 Billy Bob Thornton & Angelina Jolie – May 5, 2000 Andre Agassi & Steffi Graff – October 22, 2001* Britney Spears & Jason Alexander – January 3, 2004 (annulled the following Monday) Nicky Hilton & Todd Andrew Meister – August 15, 2004 * denotes still married or married at time of death of one spouse
Famous Divorces
Mary Pickford & Owen Moore – 1920 Huguette Clark Gower & W. A. Gower – August 11, 1930 (Huguette was the daughter of Senator William A. Clark, for whom Clark County is named) Jack Dempsey & Estelle Taylor - 1931 Clark Gable & Ria Langham – January 1939 Rita Hayworth & Ali Khan – 1953 Eddie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds – 1959 (Eddie divorced Debbie to marry Elizabeth Taylor) Nelson Rockefeller & Mary Rockefeller – 1962 Howard Hughes & Jean Peters – June 18, 1971
aUthor’s bio on PaGe 5. Photos courtesy of the Nevada Historical Society.
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Nevada Lawyer
May 2011
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