People Of The Century

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MURDER INC.
Crime and fame make a lethal cocktail. This century, the public drank it up.

STANFORD WHITE MURDERED: In 1906, the country's foremost architect was killed by the husband of EVELYN NESBIT, with whom White had had an affair.
SPAWNED: A vaudeville career for Nesbit; a subplot for Ragtime

FATTY ARBUCKLE ACCUSED: In 1921, the comic was charged with, but never convicted of, the rape and murder of a starlet he met at an orgy
SPAWNED: The Hays code, an attempt to clean up Hollywood's image by limiting sexual content in films

CHERYL CRANE KILLS: In 1958, Lana Turner's 14-year-old daughter fatally stabbed her mother's mobster boyfriend
SPAWNED: Theories suggesting Turner was the real killer; a renaissance in Turner's career

O.J. SIMPSON ACQUITTED: The football star was charged, and found not guilty, in the 1994 murder of ex-wife Nicole and her acquaintance Ron Goldman
SPAWNED: Best sellers by previously unknown writers; Marcia Clark's TV career; Johnnie Cochran's TV career

Till Boredom Do Us Part
Gloria Swanson and Hedy Lamarr each married six times; Ernest Borgnine and Martin Scorsese, five apiece. There's a word for this kind of person: amateur. Following is a list of those who took serial-vow taking seriously:

Zsa Zsa Gabor
OCCUPATION: Actress
MARRIAGES: 9
SHORTEST: 1 day
LONGEST: 13 years and counting
ODDEST MATE: Her divorce lawyer from a previous marriage

Mickey Rooney
OCCUPATION:}] Actor
MARRIAGES: 8
SHORTEST: 100 days
LONGEST: 22 years and counting
ODDEST MATE: AVA GARDNER, the renowned, and tall, beauty

Elizabeth Taylor
OCCUPATION: Actress
MARRIAGES: 8
SHORTEST: eight months
LONGEST: 10 years
ODDEST MATE: Larry Fortensky, a construction worker she met in rehab Martha Raye
OCCUPATION: Actress
MARRIAGES: 7
SHORTEST: less than a year
LONGEST: 11 years
ODDEST MATE: Mark Harris, 32 years her junior, after a three-week courtship

Larry King
OCCUPATION: Talk-show host
MARRIAGES: 7
SHORTEST: less than a year
LONGEST: seven years
ODDEST MATE: Two marriages to the same former Playboy bunny

Hello, Young Lover
What happens when Men of a Certain Age are drawn to women of a teen age?

CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND OONA O'NEILL
He was 54; she was 18
But: two of his previous brides were even younger

JERRY LEE LEWIS AND MYRA GALE BROWN
He was 22; she was 13
But: they were second cousins, so they knew each other really well

FRANK SINATRA AND MIA FARROW
He was 50; she was 19
But: his friends found it amusing. "I have scotch older than Mia Farrow," quipped Dean Martin

ELVIS PRESLEY AND PRISCILLA BEAULIEU
He was 24; she was 14
But: they didn't have sex or get married for eight years

WOODY ALLEN AND SOON YI PREVIN
He was 56; she was 21 (although she has no birth certificate, and could have been younger)
But: technically, he was not her father

Feuds of the Century
MARY MCCARTHY AND LILLIAN HELLMAN
Best Punch: McCarthy on Hellman--"Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'"

ORSON WELLES AND WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST
Best Punch: Citizen Kane

JOAN CRAWFORD AND BETTE DAVIS
Best punch: Davis on Crawford--"She slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie."

GEORGE STEINBRENNER AND BILLY MARTIN
Best punch: the five times Steinbrenner fired Martin