So now it’s Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
The old wives’ tale goes that death comes in threes. But what can we say about the string of splits among couples of long standing in Hollywood? They’re not just changing partners, some of them seem to be changing personalities as well. Is it another sign of the end times coming?
Their shared screwball humor couldn’t keep Courteney and David together after 11 years of marriage – or David from his stunningly disappointing appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show this week, mouthing off about their lack of a sex life, and about his extra-marital “conquest.” This certainly doesn’t jibe with the thoughtful and dignified announcement of their split that stressed their ongoing commitment to their six-year-old daughter – or with David’s nice-guy image of the past. He described Courteney being tired of having to be his mother. That explains a lot.
Their political stands, social consciousness and artistic collaboration weren’t enough to keep intact couple of 23 years, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. “Maybe you have a relationship to have children and you realize that it’s fulfilled after that,” Susan said of their split last year. She also said she never imagined the relationship would end. She has, of course, since been linked with “ping pong boy” – the co-owner of their Manhattan Spin ping pong club – 32-year-old Jonathan Bricklin, though both have given half-baked denials. (She’s seeing a lot of friends these days, etc.) As we await their reality show – really! – we can add that Robbins, too, has been seen with a younger date on his arm.
Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek, wed for 17 years, recently got their final divorce papers. He grew a mustache and moved to Texas for his “The Good Guys” show, while Jane is focusing on mothering their three children, and dating someone new.
Cameron Crowe and Heart’s Nancy Wilson split this summer after 24 years. Although their unions were shorter, the last few days have brought surprise celebrity splits by thought-to-be-happy couples Ben Harper and Laura Dern, and Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
So now who do we look to as enduring show business couples?
Happily, there are still quite a few around – like Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Married since 1954, the comedy icons are still going strong with their new web series, “Stiller & Meara,” just launched. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have been husband and wife for 28 years, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for 22; Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, 22 years; John Travolta and Kelly Preston, 19 years; and Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, married 21 years. When Kyra said her heart still skips a beat whenever Kev walks into a room, romantics everywhere went “Aww.” Long may they swoon.