The Top 10… Post Oscar Breakups of the Last 20 Years

The “best actress curse” dates back to the very first Academy Awards: when Janet Gaynor took home her Oscar for “Seventh Heaven,” “Sunrise,” and “Street Angel,” her beloved husband was by her side; just four years later, they were divorced. Over the years, many other women have followed a similar trajectory, including legends like Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Ginger Rogers, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Jane Fonda, and Faye Dunaway. Over the past 20 years, the number of instances has exploded — indeed, no fewer than 10 have seen their relationships crumble shortly after their big night, during which most had professed their undying love to their significant other from the podium before an international audience. We highlight each — from least to most high-profile, in my estimation — below.

9. Helen Hunt (and Hank Azaria)

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The couple met in 1994, were together when she won her best actress Oscar for “As Good As It Gets” (1997) in 1998, and married in July 1999. Within months, they separated, and their marriage was over.


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