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The public has always been fascinated by the off-screen lifestyles of Hollywood stars. Marriage & Divorce Hollywood Style veteran author James Robert Parish provides case studies of over 120 of the most celebrated marriages--from Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton (and Larry Fortensky) to Mia Farrow-Woody Allen.
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Because show business personalities have always lived and died in such extraordinary fashion, the public has delighted in reading about their lavish lives and misbehaviors. In romance, high profile entertainers are extravagant. This ranges from excessive courtships (filled with passion and costly gifts -- often deliberated hyped, and occasionally fabricated by the studio system) to weddings (social events attended by hordes of show biz pals). The newlyweds then quickly launch into a mind-boggling lifestyle of regal honeymoons and "dream" mansions. If courtships and marriages attract headlines, marital splits become a media circus prompting outrageous roles in the divorce court. In Marriage & Divorce: Hollywood Style veteran author James Parish provides case studies of over 120 of the most celebrated marriages. Each min-chapter provides a spicy narrative of the courtship and marriage, and often the fascinating details of their sensational courtroom battles and staggering financial settlements which followed. Among the celebrity couples covered are: Mary Pickford/Douglas Fairbanks Sr. ; Barbara Stanwyck/Robert Taylor; Lana Turner/Artie Shaw; Judy Garland/ Vincente Minnelli; Dale Evans/Roy Rogers; Ava Gardner/Frank Sinatra; Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton (and Larry Forensky); Cher/Sonny Bono; Madonna/Sean Penn; Lisa Hartman/Clint Black; Mia Farrow/Woody Allen; Demi Moore/Bruce Willis; Nicole Kidman/Tom Cruise; Paula Abdul/Emilio Estevez. Also included is a mammoth listing of who was married to whom when, who was divorced from whom when, and Hollywood's most married stars. -- Midwest Book Review
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