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Quickie Celebrity Marriages Are Nothing New

People editor on why celeb marriages fail and which couples will make it work.

ByABC News via logo
January 8, 2009, 12:23 AM

Jan. 18, 2008 — -- After two weeks of unofficial wedded bliss, comedian Eddie Murphy and film producer Tracey Edmonds became the latest in a long line of celebrities who have called it quits very shortly after getting hitched.

Murphy and Edmonds exchanged vows in a nonbinding ceremony in Bora Bora on New Year's Day. Reports of tension started as soon as the ceremony ended and the couple announced they would not go through with a planned legal ceremony in the United States.

People magazine deputy managing editor Peter Castro said today on "Good Morning America" said the stormy weather in Bora Bora on the wedding day became an apt metaphor for the union.

"The clouds parted and everyone is thinking, 'This is a sign,'" Castro said. "They have the ceremony and theclouds gather again. They started fighting on the honeymoon. [Edmonds] said, 'Enough of this. I don't need this. I'm outta here.'"

At least the Murphy-Edmonds split wasn't a real divorce, and by Hollywood standards, the "marriage" wasn't all that short.

Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman were married for 10 days; Cher and musician Gregg Allman wed for nine days. And then there is perhaps the shortest celeb marriage on record Britney Spears and friend Jason Alexander wed in Las Vegas and annulled the marriage just 55 hours later.

Pamela Anderson has made marriage and the quickie divorce something of a sport. After filing for divorce twice from her first husband, Tommy Lee, her second marriage to Kid Rock lasted four months. And in December she filed for divorce from her husband of 13 weeks, Rick Salomon. The latest reports have them back together, although there are constant rumors of a divorce.

Why do these stars do it? Castro puts forth the "doubly famous" theorem.

"You're fabulous, I'm fabulous. You're famous, I'm famous. Let's get married," he said.

The Golden Age of Hollywood also had its share of short unions and frequently married stars.

In her memoirs, Ethel Merman included a chapter called "My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine" which lasted 32 days that consisted of one blank page.