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Affairs of the Slutty and Famous: Ten Scandalous Hollywood Triangles

By Cindy Davis | Lists | February 28, 2013 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | February 28, 2013 |

It’s a naturally occurring phenomenon that we sometimes fall for our co-workers—but the interesting thing about Hollywood is that it happens in the public eye. And so, we can’t help but get sucked into the drama when it happens for some folks over and over again. Things can get dirty…and scandalous…and salacious…and downright disgusting. Proceed to number one at your own risk (of revulsion).

10. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders


This one is perhaps scandalous only to the diehard Twilight fans, because honestly, who else believes Pattinson and Stewart are really in love anyway? But indeed, a marriage was broken, so let us exhale our collective gasp and thank the bloody gods Edward and Bella are back together again. However, in 2012, their bond was momentarily broken when Stewart had an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman (married) director, Rupert Sanders. The story goes that Sanders was infatuated with and went after the young, impressionable actress; the poor dear just couldn’t help herself. Caught in the act (intimate behavior), the two admitted the affair and made their apologies. Sanders is now divorced, but Robsten LIVES.

9. Laura Dern, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie:


You didn’t think Brad was the first man Angie stole, did you? What I find interesting is that Jolie has claimed that she could never be “intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother…” Somehow, her version of stealing them away from another woman is different. Regardless, the story goes that Billy Bob and Laura had been together about three years; they had discussed marriage and owned a home together. Dern: “I left home to work on a movie, and while I was away, my boyfriend got married, and I’ve never heard from him again.” Thornton and Jolie were married less than three years.

8. Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie:


Again, perhaps Jolie skated past her own words on a technicality—we’ll never know. But what we do know is that Jolie refers to making Mr. and Mrs. Smith as the time when her children’s parents fell in love. An unauthorized biography by Andrew Morton claims it was Angie’s plan to lure Brad away, but all we know for sure is the end result: Angelina got her man.

7. Vera Steinberg, Danny Moder and Julia Roberts:


Sometimes true love just can’t be stopped—at least that’s what Roberts seems to think. After meeting cameraman Moder on the set of The Mexican, Julia decided she was “born to be the wife of this man.” Never mind that he already had a wife. Roberts said his marital status made their relationship ”terribly complicated,” but hey, she needed him. And when Vera didn’t move quickly enough with the divorce proceedings, Julia made her displeasure known:


Roberts and Moder married in 2002 and have three children.

6. Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor:


Before Jolie and Roberts, there was Elizabeth Taylor, who has famously married eight times. Husband number four was actor Eddie Fisher, stolen right from under Debbie Reynolds’ nose. Fisher and Reynolds had been best friends with Taylor and her third husband, producer Mike Todd, who was killed in a plane crash (Taylor had nearly taken the flight with him, but because she had a cold, Todd convinced her not to come along). During the course of consoling Taylor, Fisher decided he preferred brunettes and promptly left his wife. Reynolds famously forgave the two, went back to being good friends with Elizabeth and the two even made a film together in 2001 (“These Old Broads,” written by Carrie Fisher).

5. Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton:


The rumors of Angelina Jolie wanting to play Cleopatra ought to give Brad Pitt pause, for it was famously on the set of the 1963 film version that Elizabeth Taylor met Richard Burton; the two began a torrid affair. In a book containing Burton’s diary entries, the actor wrote of Taylor: “She was, I decided, the most astonishingly self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I had ever seen.” Though Burton was also married (to actress, Sybil Williams), no one comes between Elizabeth and a man she wants—the two carried on in public despite a motion to ban them from the United States (by a member of Congress) and condemnation—“erotic vagrancy”—by the Vatican. The two later divorced their respective spouses and married each other…twice.

4. Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe:


Back in the old days, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid were one of the golden couples—everyone loved them and thought they’d be married forever. There were plenty of stories about Quaid’s drug abuse, but Ryan stood by her man and he got clean, they married and had a son together. Having a reputation as one of America’s Sweethearts, it was surprising to many when after over nine years of marriage, Ryan strayed. Ryan and Crowe met on the Proof of Life set and began a not so secret affair. Quaid and Ryan soon announced their separation and divorce, and Ryan claimed that Quaid had been unfaithful to her throughout the marriage. So…what’s good for the goose, as they say.

3. Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles:


Okay, so while not technically a “Hollywood” triangle, I contend we adopted Princess Diana—we watched her on the telly—so as far as I’m concerned, that whole royal production they have going across the pond is just an extension of Tinseltown. This one still breaks my heart. We all watched a beautiful, young girl fall in love with and in 1981, marry the Prince of Wales; ostensibly a fairy tale come to life. But oh, the wicked witch (aka “The Rottweiler”) was waiting in the wings. Charles had met and been friends with Camilla back in the early 70s, and apparently held a torch for her throughout his marriage. In fact, according to leaked conversations between the two, Charles admitted he wanted to be Camilla’s tampon…? Let’s all hope he’s happy to have gotten his wish.

2. Mary Louise Parker, Billy Crudup and Claire Danes:


Once again, a movie set is the root of all evil—or something. Billy Crudup was in a long term relationship (seven plus years) with Mary Louise Parker, who was pregnant with their child when Crudup met Danes filming Stage Beauty. I guess technically this was a quadrangle, since Danes also left her longtime beau, Ben Lee. Rumor has it Danes later cheated on Crudup with the man she later married, Hugh Dancy. Okay, now I’ve lost track of how many *angles there are. Also, you probably don’t want to read this pretentious interview where Danes said, “That was a choice I made to fall in love. It’s unpleasant to be cast in such an unflattering role, but I just had to remain steadfast…I was living with the same kind of integrity that I had always lived with.”

1. Mia Farrow, Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn:



Of all the strange stories we’ve heard over the years, this one ranks near the top—yet people don’t talk about it much. Is it just so far out there that people don’t know what to say or do? The deal is, back in the early 80s, Allen had a relationship with another of his muses, Mia Farrow. Farrow and Allen never got married, but they did adopt two children together. Farrow also came into the relationship with two children, one biological and one adopted (Soon Yi); the couple had one biological child together. Bizarre, horrifying behavior (you may not want to read that on a full stomach) went on during the time Allen and Farrow were together, and after Farrow found nude photographs Allen had taken of Soon Yi, they separated and a bitter child custody battle began. (“Nobody knows how old Soon-Yi really is. Without ever seeing her, Korean officials put her age down as seven on her passport. A bone scan Mia had done on her in the U.S. put her age at between five and seven. In the family, Soon-Yi is considered to have turned 20 this year, on October 8 [1992].”) To be clear, Allen was not Soon Yi’s adoptive father, but he certainly was a father figure at some point. The two married in 1997 and have two adopted daughters together.

An aside; I’m guessing a lot of people don’t know about the allegations in that Vanity Fair article, else more of the Polanski vitriol would be directed his way?

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is pure as the driven yellow snow.