We all know the on again, off again love story of Liz and Dick, but it turns out they aren’t the only celebrities to marry (and divorce) twice. From Old Hollywood unions to some of today’s most talked-about couples, these famous stars prove that you don’t always get it right on the first try—and that’s okay!
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were both married when they met on the set of Cleopatra. The actors left their spouses for one another, got married in 1964, and after 10 years divorced in 1974. Don’t worry: The following year, they reunited and eloped in Botswana, but divorced *again* in 1976.
Pamela Anderson wed her longtime friend, Rick Salomon, in Las Vegas in October 2007. It was the Baywatch star’s third marriage, but it didn’t last long, as she petitioned for an annulment two months later. The couple’s marriage was annulled in 2008 and Pamela reunited with her other ex-husband, Tommy Lee, shortly after. Ready for a curveball? In 2014, Pamela and Rick shocked everyone when they announced they’d secretly tied the knot for the second time. Their union lasted six months this time.
Melanie Griffith was 14 years old and Don Johnson was 22 when they met on the set of The Harrad Experiment. By her 18th birthday, they were engaged. They eloped in Las Vegas in 1976, but their marriage only lasted six months. After years apart (plus a marriage for Melanie and children for both), they reunited in 1989 and remarried in a small ceremony in Aspen, Colorado. However, their second marriage didn’t last forever, either, and they divorced in 1996.
In 1956, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner were set up by their Hollywood studio as a publicity stunt, but a year later they were married. They were one of Hollywood’s favorite couples, but got divorced in 1962. They both married other people and moved on, only to reunite and tie the knot again in 1972. They were married until Natalie’s tragic death in 1981.
Elon Musk and actress Talulah Riley got married in 2010, but split after two years, which the Tesla CEO announced via Twitter, saying, “@rileytalulah It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever. You will make someone very happy one day.” Just one year later, the divorced couple remarried; however, they finalized their second divorce in 2016.
The TV journalist and Hollywood producer, known for his work on shows like The Waltons, first married in 1981, only to divorce in 1984. They remarried in an at-home ceremony in Beverly Hills in 1986. According to People, Barbara spoke at the reception, telling her guests, “This is the way it will always be: Merv will always say the perfect thing, and I’ll always get the last word.” Alas, they divorced again in 1992.
Larry King was married eight (!) times, but his third and fifth marriages were to the same person. Larry married former Playboy bunny Alene Akins in 1961, and they were married for two years before he filed for divorce in 1963. In 1969, Larry and Alene reunited and remarried, only to divorce (yep) again in 1972. In 2017, Larry mourned the loss of his ex-wife, sharing on Twitter, “So very saddened over the passing of Alene Akins, who died peacefully with our children Chaia and Andy by her side. She was a grand lady.”
Eminem and his high school sweetheart, Kimberly Scott, were together during his rise to fame in the late ’90s. In 1999, the couple said “I do.” However, the rapper and Kim had a tumultuous relationship, and ultimately, they divorced in 2001. While sharing custody of their daughter, they rekindled their relationship and remarried in 2006, but they didn’t sign the marriage license and were broken up again one month later.
Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick married actor and musician William Elliott in 1966, but the couple parted ways a year later. The separation didn’t last long and they remarried in 1967, but separated for good in 1975. “I was the major earning power in the family and that is very difficult for the male ego,” Dionne told The Guardian. “It just got too much to bear for my husband, and we decided that it would be best for us to part ways.”
Renowned Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s marriage to Diego Rivera was known for being complex. The couple, who married for the first time in 1929, fought constantly and divorced in 1939. One year after the dissolution of their union, the artists remarried in 1940 and were together until Frida’s death in 1954.
Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti’s road to marriage was rocky, as the Italian film producer was married with two children when they met. In 1957, they wed by proxy in Mexico. For years after, they were forced to live in exile, as charges of bigamy were raised against them in Italy and by the Vatican. In 1962, it was revealed that their marriage was not valid, so it was annulled, and the couple remarried four years later in France.
Terrence Howard and Lori McCommas first got married in 1989, but divorced in 2003. The actor later reconciled with his ex-wife and the two tied the knot again in 2005. Their second union only lasted two years, and they divorced in 2007.
Jean-Claude Van Damme met bodybuilder Gladys Portugues at the height of his fame in the mid-’80s. They married in 1987, but divorced in 1992. After marrying and divorcing actress Darcy LaPier, Jean-Claude reunited with Gladys and they remarried in 1999. For the last 25 years, the couple has had their ups and downs. Gladys even filed for divorce in 2015, but later called it off, and they’ve remained together.
Snoop Dogg married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor Broadus, in 1997. They had three children together and were married for eight years when the rapper filed for divorce in 2004, citing irreconcilable differences. But the couple called off their divorce and reunited after their daughter was diagnosed with Lupus. “It’s amazing how this all turned out. We were gonna get a divorce. But we wouldn’t have gotten through it [that way],” Shante told People. In 2008, they renewed their vows.
Beauty mogul Estée Lauder married Joseph Lauder in 1930 before moving to Manhattan and building a company together. Estée and Joseph divorced in 1939, but eventually reunited and remarried in 1942. They were happily married until Joseph’s death in 1983.
The Blink-182 singer and former Miss USA tied the knot in a gothic California wedding in 2004. Their MTV reality show, Meet The Barkers, raised their profile, but also took a toll on their marriage. In 2006, they had separated, but reunited in 2008 after Travis survived a fatal plane crash. Unfortunately, rumors of infidelity cut their reunion short.