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The high price of love

The amount Heather Mills received in her divorce settlement from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was recently announced, which at $48.6 million is a nice payday for the money-hungry shrew.
Although that is a staggeringly high number it doesn’t even compare to some of the largest divorce settlements in the past 20 years. Here is a look at a few of the most costly celebrity break-ups.
In 1994 after having great success directing and starring in the epic “Dances with Wolves” – which received 12 Academy Award nominations and winning seven including Best Picture and Best Director – and starring in other hits like “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “JFK,” “The Bodyguard” and “A Perfect World” it was discovered the film star was divorcing his wife of 16 years, Cindy Silva, to the tune of $80 million. The couple had three children together and since then Costner has remarried, but following the divorce Costner was associated with a group of duds that included “Wyatt Earp,” “Waterworld” and “The Postman.” Although there is no real correlation between a divorce and an actor’s body of work, it’s interesting to see Costner’s efforts considerably weaken.
Since dating stick-figure actress Calista Flockhart it might have been forgotten Harrison Ford was wed to screenwriter Melissa Mathison for approximately a decade. Although Mathison filed for legal separation in 2001 the divorce was not finalized until the beginning of 2004. Mathison was awarded a share of Ford’s residual paychecks bringing the split to a total of $85 million.
The third most costly celebrity divorce in history took place nearly two decades ago and involves one of the most influential Hollywood directors of all time. Steven Spielberg and actress Amy Irving split in 1989 with Irving getting $100 million after the judge vacated a prenuptial agreement written on a napkin.
It is easy to understand why Speilberg’s divorce would be so costly, considering his body of work up to 1989 includes directing “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and the three Indiana Jones films and producing “Gremlins,” “Back to the Future” and “The Goonies.” However, the two highest paid divorce settlements are not only mind-blowing in how much was paid but also mind-boggling in whom they were.
At the monstrous figure of $150 million, Neil Diamond said of ex-wife Marcia Murphey, “she was worth every penny.” Despite lasting nearly 30 years Diamond and Murphey parted ways in 1994. Wed in 1969, the couple had two sons together before taking second place in the race of celebrity divorces.
As odd as it may sound that Neil Diamond had enough money to give his ex-wife $150 million and not be too angry about it, the final celebrity seems even more out of place. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve the amount of money he had to give. He is regarded to be one of the greatest in his field, but the fact that his field happens to be basketball is why most of us wouldn’t have guessed Michael Jordan would be forced to give more than $150 million to his ex-wife Juanita in 2006.
He married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989 and the couple has two sons and a daughter. They filed for divorce the first time in January 2002, citing irreconcilable differences, although they did reconcile shortly thereafter. The second time they filed divorce was in December 2006, stating the decision was made “mutually and amicably.”
Reports have stated Jordan will have to shell out as much as $168 million making this the largest celebrity divorce settlement in history on public record.
Matt Cook is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News. he can be reached at matt@ennisdailynews.com

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