The May-December Marriage Ender: Latest Threat to Hollywood Relationships

Something's hit Hollywood. It's splitting relationships apart, sending one half of the couple careening to the cradle, seeking out a much younger play thing, leaving a more age-appropriate mate in the dust.

Call it the perennial piranha of parternships. Call it the "grass is always greener" demon. Call it what it's been called for decades: the May-December romance. It's back as enemy numero uno in the ever-tenuous celebrity couple kingdom.

Three long term relationships recently went kaput mere moments before one party linked up with a much younger companion. Check them out:

1. Before: Fred Armisen and Elizabeth Moss. After: Fred Armisen and Abby Elliot.

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Elizabeth Moss, Fred Armisen, and Abby Elliot.

A "Saturday Night Live" comic and a "Mad Men" actress, Armisen, 43, and Moss, 28, were a match made in television heaven. Last summer, they grinned and glowed at red carpet events, oozing pre-marital bliss. "We just don't disagree on anything," Moss told reporters at the "Mad Men" season three premiere in August 2009. "It's weird."

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They tied the knot in October 2009. Then things really got weird. Earlier this month, news broke that they had ended their 10-month-long marriage, and last week came reports that Armisen is dating Elliot, his 23-year-old "Saturday Night Live" co-star and daughter of "SNL" veteran Chris Elliot. "They are dating and it all happened after he and Elisabeth split," an unnamed source told People magazine. "They've always been close friends on set and … they started hanging out."

It's true: in terms of years, Moss and Elliot aren't that far off. But consider the developmental differences between a 23-year-old and a 28-year-old. It's like the old high school mandate against a senior dating a freshman.


But apparently, all's well between Armisen and his ex-wife.

"Both him and Elisabeth have moved on," an unnamed source told People, citing conflicting work schedules as the reason for their split. "It was totally amicable and friendly."

2. Before: Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatacci. After: Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh.

On TV, "Fraiser" star Grammer never had an easy time with the ladies. Such is life for the actor. Grammer, 55, has been married three times, first to a dance instructor, then to a stripper, and finally, to a former Playboy model, Camille Donatacci. During their 13-year-long marriage, Donatacci, 41, seemed all smiles and sunshine on the arm of Grammer. They had two children together, both born via a surrogate mother.

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