It's a drama that would drain even Frasier Crane.
"Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer is embroiled in a tug-of-war of a divorce with his wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Camille Donatacci. While he reportedly wants to speed up the split so that he can marry his latest paramour, former flight attendant Kayte Walsh, the law is not making it easy.
According to TMZ.com, Grammer, 55, is seeking "bifurcation," which means a judge would officially end his marriage to Donatacci, 47, even though the terms of the divorce, such as financial agreements, haven't been decided. With bifurcation, Grammer could become a single man ready to tie the knot again as early as Jan. 1, 2011 -- six months after Donatacci filed a divorce petition.
While Grammer and Donatacci's marriage could be over in matter of days, the couple's financial drama will likely play out well into the new year. TMZ.com reports that the two never signed a prenup, and that during their 13 years as husband and wife, they built up a fortune of more than $100,000,000 in real estate, his earnings from "Frasier" and the proceeds from their company, Grammernet Productions. If no prenup exists, Donatacci is entitled to half of that fortune -- $50 million.
Perhaps Grammer will tred more carefully as he steps into his next marriage -- his fourth. Grammer announced his engagement to Walsh, 29, Dec. 6. In August, the couple announced they were expecting a baby, but two months later revealed that Walsh had miscarried.
Of course, Grammer's not the only celebrity to deal with divorce woes. Below, check out 10 other noteworthy divorces and the salvos that make them infamous.
1. Jon Gosselin vs. Kate Gosselin
Only recently do the Gosselins seem to have declared detente -- relatively, anyway. After the couple, made famous (and then infamous) by TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," split up in 2009, she cried about the mess their family had become, and he accused her of exploiting their kids. When she signed on to "Dancing With the Stars," his lawyer called Kate "an absentee mom;" her lawyer shot back, "he's out of the limelight, while 23 million people are watching Kate on 'Dancing with the Stars.'"
Kate Gosselin's since moved on to new TLC shows and specials, one of which recently sent her and her brood to Alaska to camp with none other than Sarah Palin. Jon Gosselin, meanwhile, is settling into a new relationship with his latest gal pal, Ellen Ross.
2. Michael Douglas vs. Diandra Douglas
Despite the fact that Michael Douglas has been married to Catherine Zeta-Jones for a decade, his ex-wife, Diandra Luker-Douglas, still dogs his life. Prior to the release of his latest major movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," Luker filed papers in New York court claiming she was entitled to 50 percent of her ex's upfront salary and royalties from the film.
She is believed to have banked $45 million from their 2000 divorce, which, according to her lawyers, stipulates that she gets half of any money Douglas earns from films he made during their 20-year-long marriage. They claim that includes any spinoffs of past movies and argue that "Money Never Sleeps" qualifies, since it's based on 1987's "Wall Street."
But in November, Luker's papers were thrown out of court by a judge who ruled that because she and Douglas divorced in California, her action should be carried out there, not in New York. Following the ruling, Douglas' attorney Marilyn Chinitz declared, "He's thrilled. This is the right decision. This action should have never been brought in the first place."
3. Charlie Sheen vs. Denise Richards
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards' years-long back-and-forth made their divorce the subject of countless tabloid headlines, but the faux pas that took the cake came in June 2008, when Richards released a three-year-old, expletive-laced voice message from Sheen. The highlight: a curse-filled rant from Sheen calling his ex-wife -- and the mother of their two daughters Sam, 5, and Lola, 4 -- a "f**king c**t" and a "f**king n****r." Sheen, star of "Two and a Half Men," followed up by releasing an apology for what he called his "choice of words."
4. Christie Brinkley vs. Peter Cook
It's bad enough finding out about a husband's affair. Having to hear all the gory details divulged in court -- that can be nauseating, especially in the case of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook. Their July 2008 divorce proceedings featured a torrent of torrid tales, including Cook's tearful admission that he enjoyed oral sex with his then-18-year-old assistant Diana Bianchi and his fondness for masturbating via webcam. No wonder Brinkley told Ladies' Home Journal "I would never get married again" in July 2009. "With what I know, I don't see why anyone would get married," she added.
5. Dina Lohan vs. Michael Lohan
For a while, it seemed the bulk of Dina and Michael Lohan's bickering concerned the fate of their most famous daughter, Lindsay, which might be expected from divorced parents new to Hollywood. But in July 2008 (apparently the summer of '08 slayed celebrity couples), a wild card entered the game: Michael Lohan learned of a love child he never new existed, a teenage half-sister of Lindsay and her three siblings that he fathered while separated from Dina. He even took a DNA test to confirm he was the girl's dad. Dina's response? She told Hollyscoop.com "I feel bad for the little girl."
6. Madonna vs. Guy Ritchie
After trying to cover up their divorce for weeks, once Madonna and Guy Ritchie went public with the news in October 2008, the mud-slinging started in earnest. She took a swipe at him at a sold-out concert in Boston, introducing the song "Miles Away, " which was inspired by her relationship with Ritchie, by quipping, "This song is for the emotionally retarded. Maybe you know some people who fall into that category. God knows I do." Ritchie fought back via an interview with Esquire magazine, calling Madonna "retarded" while admitting he still loves her.
7. Heather Mills vs. Paul McCartney
To vent after his volatile divorce from Heather Mills, which ended with him writing her a check for $48.7 million, Paul McCartney took to the medium he knows best. In November 2008, he released the scathing song "Nothing Too Much, Just Out of Sight," featuring the rants, "The last thing you do was to try and betray me/ In new morning light/ I'll never forget it/ And that's just outta sight," and "And you have money/ And no manners." Ouch.
8. Britney Spears vs. Kevin Federline
Though their divorce proceedings went (relatively) smoothly, Britney Spears' custody battle with Kevin Federline over the custody of their sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, was a train wreck. The breakdown heard 'round the world happened in January 2008, when she refused to turn the boys over to Federline at the scheduled pick up time and hid with them in her home for more than four hours, until police forcibly removed her and checked her into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
9. Kim Basinger vs. Alec Baldwin
Like Spears and Federline, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin's divorce drama paled in comparison to the fireworks set off during the custody battle over their daughter, Ireland. In the sixth year of the drawn-out fight, Baldwin called the then 11-year-old Ireland for a court-approved chat, but got her voicemail. He wasn't happy. "You are a rude, thoughtless little pig," Baldwin said in the message leaked on TMZ.com in April 2007. "You have humiliated me for the last time." Baldwin apologized in statement but alleged that Basinger leaked the tape. She refuted his claim, and Baldwin temporarily lost visitation rights.
10. Whitney Houston vs. Bobby Brown
Only recently did Whitney Houston divulge the disturbing details about her divorce from Bobby Brown. "He spit on me," Houston told Oprah Winfrey last year, recounting one of her worst fights with Brown. "He spit on me. He actually spit on me. And my daughter was coming down the stairs and she saw that." Houston's response? "I took the phone and I hit him over the head with it," she told Winfrey.