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Rash of Splits Sends Shudders Through Tinsel Town

Courtney Cox and David Arquette

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.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

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.

Jada Sacks Series Tech Team After Mom’s Critique

Jada Pinkett Smith TNT photo

If real-life nurses and doctors find more to like on “HawthoRNe” this season in terms of verisimilitude, they’ll have Jada Pinkett Smith’s mother to thank.

“She enjoyed the first season, but she wrote me a long email about the technical things we weren’t doing properly,” reports Jada, whose mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, worked as a head nurse at a women’s clinic in inner-city Baltimore.  “I brought a new technical team in.  That literally was a result of mom’s letter.  I got a lot of constructive criticism from her and other nurses.”

Adds Jada, “She had really good suggestions, more of the perspective of the employees in the hospital, that are helping us expand and extend it on beyond the nursing staff,” for the TNT show.

Jada’s character gets a romance this year, as we noted the other day, with Michael Vartan’s Dr. Wakefield.  “That’s very, very interesting on a lot of levels,” she says.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  Jerry Stiller is getting ready to film a low-budget feature called “Let Go.”  It’s not about getting downsized.  Stiller’s character has been recently let go from prison and facing challenges of life on the outside – while others around him are facing their own issues of letting go.

Michael Madsen and Lisa Pelikan have joined the cast of Tom Sizemore’s “Visible Scars” as the sheriff and as Sizemore’s wife.