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Jul 26th, 2003, 03:40 AM
Spokesman: Minnelli, Husband Separated

.c The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Liza Minnelli and David Gest, who were married last year in a star-studded ceremony, have separated, Minnelli's spokesman said Friday.

Spokesman Warren Cowan said he could provide no other details.

Minnelli and Gest wed in March 2002 with best man Michael Jackson briefly carrying the bride's train. Elizabeth Taylor served as maid of honor.

Hundreds of fans lined Fifth Avenue to watch guests including actors Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins and David Hasselhoff, rocker Elton John, TV newswoman Barbara Walters and KISS band member Gene Simmons arrive.

Gossip columnist Liz Smith called the nuptials, Minnelli's fourth, ``the kissiest wedding'' she's ever seen.

Minnelli danced in happiness at the altar after tying the knot, attendees said.

Minnelli and Gest earlier in the day canceled an appearance Tuesday on CNN's ``Larry King Live,'' a spokeswoman for King said Friday.

The bride and groom were introduced by Jackson when Minnelli appeared on a Gest television production entitled ``Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special.''

Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli, has won an Academy Award, an Emmy, two Golden Globes and three Tony Awards.

But she has also battled substance abuse, weight gain and a near-fatal bout with encephalitis. Earlier this year, the performer underwent surgery after breaking her kneecap in a fall at a hotel in Italy.

07/25/03 22:07 EDT

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.

Jul 26th, 2003, 03:42 AM
Report: Liza Minnelli, Husband David Gest Separate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sixteen months after their lavish, star-studded New York wedding, singer-actress Liza Minnelli and her fourth husband, producer David Gest, have separated, it was reported on Friday.

Newsday.com quoted Minnelli's spokesman as confirming the pair had split up and cited an unnamed source close to the couple as saying Gest, 49, was staying in Hawaii while Minnelli, 57, daughter of the late Judy Garland, remained in her Manhattan apartment.

Minnelli's publicist, Warren Cowan, was not immediately available for comment.

But the report of the separation surfaced as the couple abruptly canceled a joint interview they had scheduled for next week on CNN's "Larry King Live." A spokeswoman for the show confirmed their appearance was called off but declined to give further details.

In March, Minnelli, 57, who has battled addictions to alcohol and painkillers for years, checked into a rehabilitation center in rural Pennsylvania for what her publicist described as an eight-week "self-help program."

Also that month, the couple announced that they were postponing their planned one-year anniversary party because of the threat of war in Iraq.

Emerging from a prolonged struggle with substance abuse and various health problems, including a near-fatal bout of viral encephalitis in 2000, Minnelli relaunched both her career and her personal life with her marriage to Gest in March of last year.

Her marriage to the concert promoter was one of the most ballyhooed weddings of the year, with a celebrity-packed guest list that included Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Mickey Rooney, Elton John, Anthony Hopkins, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Donald Trump.

Crediting Gest with helping her shed 70 pounds and regain her health, a noticeably slimmed-down Minnelli embarked on a successful concert tour. Months later, the newlyweds announced plans to welcome TV viewers into their home for a weekly "musical reality" show on the cable channel VH1.

But VH1 pulled the plug on the project last October, weeks before the show's debut, and the couple sued the network for $10 million in damages.

07/25/03 21:17 ET

Copyright 2003 Reuters Limited.

Peter M
Jul 26th, 2003, 03:54 AM

Jul 26th, 2003, 03:55 AM
Did she find him in bed with another man/men? :o

Jul 26th, 2003, 03:57 AM
I have no idea, but she has said in the past that her gaydar is weak.

Mine isn't and I knew he was gay or at least bi.

Venus Forever
Jul 26th, 2003, 04:00 AM
That was one of the most disgusting marriages ever. It's up there with Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley.

Ewww. :p

Jul 26th, 2003, 04:00 AM
Question: Who Cares? :rolleyes:

Jul 26th, 2003, 04:02 AM
Answer: Nobody, really.

Jul 26th, 2003, 02:05 PM

Jul 26th, 2003, 03:47 PM
If we are going to be clowns, it is best to do it privately. Or at least in the presence of only a few close friends.

Jul 26th, 2003, 03:51 PM
how many husbands has she had??:eek:

Jul 26th, 2003, 04:03 PM
They should put a limit on the number of times you can marry. Seriously, how can you expect to have a successful marriage after three failed marriages?

Shuji Shuriken
Jul 26th, 2003, 04:06 PM
:haha: :lol: :haha:...she should be shot I tell ya :bounce:

Jul 26th, 2003, 09:37 PM
how many husbands has she had??:eek:

Liza has had four husbands. Her first husband was the Australian born entertainer Peter Allen, who was gay, but she married him anyway. They were married from 1967-1972. He died of AIDS in 1992. Her second husband was Jack Haley, Jr, who was the president of 20th Centrhy Fox movie studio at the time, son of the guy who played the tin man (I think) in the Wizzard of Oz. They were married frm 1974-1979. He died of heart failure in 2001. Her third husbnad was a sculptor named Mark Gero. They were married from 1979-1992.

Jul 26th, 2003, 10:23 PM
lol, and some people are worried that allowing same sex unions would harm the sacred "definition of marriage". :eek:
well that ship has sailed... :p

Even a sham wedding is apparently better than a gay wedding :scratch:

Sam L
Jul 27th, 2003, 08:35 AM
how many husbands has she had??:eek:
This is #4. One more and she catches up with mommie.

Jul 27th, 2003, 08:47 AM
They should put a limit on the number of times you can marry. Seriously, how can you expect to have a successful marriage after three failed marriages?

I don't know mickey rooney married like 8 times and he is now married since 25 years or so. so when you wait long enough the right one may appear;)

ike turner was married 13 times or so :eek: