Cheating is not only commonplace in “the real world” but also in Hollywood. We can’t possibly cover them all, but here are a few of the more well known slime-ball cheaters. Let’s start near the beginning…
Clark Gable with Loretta Young (1935)
While on the set for the movie The Call of the Wild in 1935, Gable and Young got acquainted in an intimate way. Clark Gable was married to Maria Franklin Printiss Lucas Langham at the time of the affair. Shortly it began, there would not be calls of the wild, but calls of a screaming infant. That’s right; Loretta Young became pregnant with Gable’s child, actress Judy Lewis.
Humphrey Bogart with Lauren Bacall (1944)
When Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart first met, Bogart (at age 45) was in a very rocky marriage. However, I doubt that his plans were to fall in love with a 19 year old. To no avail, he fell in love with Bacall and found himself torn between being loyal to his marriage and his love for another woman.
Ironically, the two met on the set of the movie To Have and To Have Not. The next year, his love won out over the bad marriage. He divorced his wife and three months later he and Bacall were wed. Their encounters prior to Bogey’s divorce were discrete, but suspicious. You be the judge…
Ingrid Bergman with Roberto Rossellini (1949 and 1950)
The affair between Bergman and Rossellini was the most talked about of the times, and also the most scandalous. At the time of their encounters, Bergman was married to Aron Petter Lindström and Roberto Rossellini was married to Marcella De Marchis.
When the news came out that Ingrid was pregnant with Roberto’s baby (Renato Roberto Giusto Giuseppe Rossellini; born February 7, 1950), there was an outrage. This was the best known scandal in several countries including the United States. Bergman was actually exiled from the U.S. for a time due to her affair.
Richard Burton with Elizabeth Taylor (and many others) (1950s and 1963)
Richard Burton’s sexual experimentation with men in the 1950s while he was married to Sybil Williams wasn’t known until he admitted it on television in the 1970s. However, the affair that’s a lot better known is that of Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The two met during the filming of Cleopatra in 1963 and shortly after began a love affair though both were still married.
Elizabeth Taylor: Two Main Affairs (1956 and 1963)
Of her seven marriages, some were spread out a bit, while others were really close together, giving away the love affairs that transpired before the marriages were dissolved. In 1956, while married to Michael Wilding, she had an affair with film producer Michael Todd. She later married Todd just one week after her divorce was final from her previous marriage.
As stated before, in 1963, while Taylor was married to her fourth husband Eddie Fisher, she and Richard Burton had an affair. Her divorce to Fisher was final on March 6, 1964 and she married Burton on March 15th the same year.
Ali McGraw with Steve McQueen (1972)
As fate would have it, Ali McGraw and Steve McQueen met on the set of Getaway in 1972. This is appropriate considering the two had a love affair and later McGraw would make a getaway from her husband Robert Evans in order to be with McQueen. In 1973 McQueen and McGraw were married. Wedded bliss? Maybe not. Look at who’s next on the list.
Steve McQueen with Barbara Minty (1978)
McQueen’s first marriage to actress Neile Adams ended in divorce because she said she was sick of the infidelity. Later he married actress Ali McGraw, but later left her for a young model named Barbara Minty. As far as we know, he was faithful to Minty. However, he died less than a year after they were married.
Bruce Springsteen: Twice? (1988 and possibly 2006)
If you were a child or a teen of the 1980s, you’ll certainly remember Bruce Springsteen. Well, in 1985, Springsteen finally gave up his bachelor’s lifestyle and married Julianne Phillips. Nonetheless, in 1988 he and his wife separated due to his affair with E Street band member Patti Scialfa. As soon as the couple separated, Bruce began living with Patti.
Now let’s fast forward to 2001. After the tragedy on 911, Springsteen dedicated lots of time to organizing and performing in benefits to help families of victims. In 2006, a huge rumor came out about the rock star having an affair with a 911 widow. The reports were never confirmed.
Jack Nicholson with Rebecca Broussard (1989)
In 1973, Nicholson married actress Anjelica Houston. However, in 1989, the relationship abruptly ended because of news in the media. Word was out that Rebecca Broussard was pregnant with Nicholson’s child. Really, what did Anjelica Houston expect? Nicholson has had a reputation for eons as a womanizer.
Donald Trump with Marla Maples (1990)
While married to Ivana, Donald reportedly had many affairs, but the “big one” to hit tabloids happened around Christmas time in 1990.This was involving Trump and Marla Maples. In 1991, Ivana filed for divorce and in the end got tons of money. He married Maples in 1993, but they divorced in 1998. There were suspicions of Trump being involved with many women, but nothing has ever been confirmed.
Prince Charles with Camilla Parker-Bowles (1989 and early 1990s)
Prince Charming? Apparently not. In 1989, the British tabloids came into the possession of a recording of a telephone call between Prince Charles and Camilla. It was obvious that the two were involved despite his marriage to Princess Diana. Though Diana tried to reconcile her marriage, the affair between Camilla and Charles continued.
Princess Diana with James Hewitt (early 1990s)
What’s good for the goose… well, you know the rest. When all of Princess Diana’s attempts in her marriage had failed, it seems that she took comfort in another man’s arms. This was her riding instructor, James Hewitt. Though the affair wasn’t nearly as publicized as the one between her husband and Camilla Parker-Bowles, Diana admitted the affair on television in 1995. It seems as if this marriage was a royal mess.
Woody Allen and Sun-Yi Previn (1992)
If you weren’t old enough to know about this tremendously publicized affair when it happened, it may be a little confusing. So, try and stay with me as I explain this one. Sun-Yi was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Andre Piven. Woody Allen and Farrow dated for 12 years, but they never married or lived together. In 1992, news broke that Woody Allen had nude photos of Sun-Yi in his possession.
Wow! Sun-Yi was only 22 and Allen was 56 years old. This was enough for longtime girlfriend Mia Farrow. She and Allen split. Immediately after the separation, Woody Allen started dating Sun-Yi and they later married in 1997.
The media broadcasted the news as if Allen was sleeping with his step daughter. As strange as the scandal was, it’s technically not true that Sun-Yi and Woody Allen were step-dad and daughter.
Hugh Grant with prostitute “Divine Brown” (1995)
While most celebrities will have affairs with other glamorous celebrities or sexy admiring fans, Hugh Grant is wired a little differently. Instead of getting involved with all of the glam, glitz and excitement, he decided to seek the services of prostitute “Divine Brown” for oral sex while married to Elizabeth Hurley. He was caught and arrested, of course. How embarrassing!
Frank Gifford with Suzen Johnson (1997)
He was framed (sort of)! In 1997, tabloid paper The Globe hired flight attendant Suzen Johnson to seduce Frank Gifford while they recorded the event. So, no one made him cheat on his wife Kathy Lee, but he was set up.
He confided in the flight attendant that this wasn’t the first time he’d cheated on his wife, but it had been about ten years since the last. After the incident pictures of Gifford and the flight attendant were plastered everywhere. Kathy Lee stuck by her man and they’re still married to this day.
Kobe Bryant with Katelyn Faber (2003)
Some people will do anything to make money. I’m sure you remember this big scandal. Kobe Bryant had this little one night-flight with a 19 year old hotel employee while married to Vanessa Laine Bryant, and it turned into a huge fiasco.
This girl, Katelyn Faber, with whom he claimed to have consensual sex, charged him with rape. The following year, the charges against Bryant were dropped, but the humiliation and embarrassment for both he and his wife were out in the open.
In 2008, rumors were flying around that Kobe Bryant was having an affair with an eighteen year old Lakers cheerleader, Vanessa Curry. The story was never confirmed.
Jennifer Lopez with Ben Affleck (2003)
The affair between Lopez and Affleck just kind of slipped by the radar, though their full blown relationship that followed was under the media microscope from its conception until the big breakup. In 2001, Jennifer Lopez married Cris Judd. In June 2002, news came out about Lopez and Affleck dating. At the same time, media reported the break up between J.Lo and Cris Judd. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
Ethan Hawke with Ryan Shawhughes (2003)
While married to Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke had an affair with his nanny Ryan Shawhughes. After the marriage between Thurman and Hawke dissolved, Ethan and the nanny got married and now have a child together. Here’s hoping she’s smart enough to take care of her own child rather than hire a nanny!
Jude Law with Daisy Wright (2005)
Another nanny story? Yep. Jude was engaged to Sienna Miller when he cheated on her with his nanny Daisy Wright. After the affair was broadcast, he publicly apologized to Miller.
Brad Pitt with Angelina Jolie (2005)
Brad Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston while he was on the set making the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Later, he and Aniston split up and he immediately started dating Angelina Jolie. Aniston claimed that there was an affair going on between Jolie and Pitt, but the two initially denied the allegations. To no surprise to anyone, Angelina Jolie later admitted the affair.
Peter Cook with Diana Bianchi (2008)
Peter Cook isn’t a celebrity per say, but he’s well known because of who he married. In 1996, he and former model Christie Brinkley were wed. In 2008, Brinkley filed for divorce, partly due to his infidelity. After a sex tape with he and eighteen year old Diana Bianchi surfaced, Cook admitted the affair.