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Q: Divorce rate among entertainers ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Divorce rate among entertainers
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: bill0917-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 13 Jun 2006 09:28 PDT
Expires: 16 Jun 2006 08:11 PDT
Question ID: 737806
What is the divorce rate among musicians, actors, and athletes
(entertainers) with an annual income of more than $100,000 dollars per
year?  Where might I look to find the data for these statistics?

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 14 Jun 2006 02:16 PDT
Like the others, I don't think that such statistics are readily
available. However, I have a concept for an answer, and if you give me
your OK, I will begin to research: taking the list of the 100 richest
living entertainers (naturally, this is a bit different than your
100,000/p.a. request) and checking the marriage history for each.

What do you say?

Clarification of Question by bill0917-ga on 14 Jun 2006 16:04 PDT
Sorry, I mistakenly posted this clarification as a comment.  (See
below).  The most important criterion I'm looking for is a pool of
entertainers that is evenly distributed age-wise, just like the pool
of people selected in the US Census Bureau Study.  (In other words, a
the number of people within each 10-year age bracket should be
approximately the same).

So, specifically, to get an accurate reading of statistics I would like to see:

1) Job classification: entertainer (musician, actor, athlete, director)
2) Income: richest is OK for this criteria
3) Age: Pool of people should be equally distributed throughout the age groups
4) Fame: This should be evenly distributed, I'd prefer not to have
only the most famous entertainers, but also those who have avoided the
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Divorce rate among entertainers
From: pinkfreud-ga on 13 Jun 2006 10:54 PDT
I spent several hours researching your previous question about
celebrities' divorce rates, and I failed to find any sizable
collection of statistics. This kind of databank may not exist.
Subject: Re: Divorce rate among entertainers
From: probonopublico-ga on 13 Jun 2006 22:15 PDT
It might be easier to ask for a list of celebs who've stayed with
their spouses for longer than, say, 7 years.

Certainly it would be a much shorter list and, come to think, I don't
recall any off hand except Paul Newman.
Subject: Re: Divorce rate among entertainers
From: politicalguru-ga on 14 Jun 2006 02:12 PDT

Mel Gibson is married for the past 26 years to the same woman. 
Jerry Lewis is married now for the second time, but each marriage was
long lasting (he's been now married for 24 years to the same person).
Subject: Re: Divorce rate among entertainers
From: bill0917-ga on 14 Jun 2006 07:12 PDT
What you are proposing to do sounds pretty good, however, the only
problem I have with your proposed solution, politicalguru-ga, is that
going on the 100 wealthiest entertainers probably will not yield an
even cross-section of the population, and thereby skew the results. 
(If you check on another question I posted about the same topic, you'd
see that we came across a Suntimes article where they used IMDB and
picked the 100 most popular celebrities.  There ended up being only a
few celebs over 70, and mostly younger celebs, and the divorce rate
for celebs in the "older than 70" age bracket was 100%.  I have
serious doubts as to the accuracy of that study.)

Can you do this in such a way that there are an equal number of celebs
in each age bracket, say at intervals of 5 or 10 years, like the U.S.
Census Bureau does it?  I suggest you take a look at the "Number,
Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces" article put out by the
Census Bureau for reference on what I'm looking for.  They have a
divorce-rate versus age chart/graph.

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