Mad Men and Hollywood Marriage

Thanks to Twitter I stumbled upon this article which states that Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olsen in our favorite TV series Mad Men, has recently made her public debut with her new boyfriend, a guy with the cool name of Adam Arkapaw (kapow!).

I don’t really care one bit about Elisabeth Moss, except for her doing a brilliant job in the series, but I like her quote about her ex-husband, SNL-comedian Fred Armisen, who she was married to for eight months:

“One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, He’s so great at doing impersonations, but the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.”

The Daily Mail article said it was a difficult divorce and after that kind of comment, I can see it.

Eight months might sound like a very short time to be married, but in Hollywood relationships play by different rules. I would love to see some statistics on the average Hollywood marriage, but all I could find in my research was this Wikipedia overview of successful and less successful Hollywood marriages.

One obvious recent example is of course Kim Kardashian‘s marriage to Kris Humphries which infamously lasted only 72 days. This makes Katy Perry and Russell Brand‘s marriage of 14 months seem rather long. But the one that beats them all is Skinhead (Sinéad) O’Connor and Barry Herridge’s marathon date/marriage which lasted 16 days!

How can you marry someone only to be together for 16 days? Must be all impulse? We can easily say that people in Hollywood have less time to meet and properly get to know each other, more stress in their careers and their public lives, often run into other interesting people and thereby often tempted to look for something better. Famous people also tend to be quite emotional, which might make marrying someone after only a few weeks together not seem like such a bad idea.

But let me close this post by saying that if you look like these two, it’s always a bad idea.

Pic: Sinéad O’Connor and Barry Herridge

Thanks for reading and sharing, /J.

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