Saturday, August 06, 2005


I wonder if she'll take half! This story brings back fond memories of Eddie Murphy's outstanding Raw (his sequel to the even better Delirious).

Murphy spent a great deal of time in Raw, in the mid-80s, explaining why he, in his mid-20s, didn't plan on marrying any time soon. In fact, he was about to get married, but it fell through; so you can tell this heavily weighed on his mind.

One of the main reasons was that, absent a prenup and often even with one, family law typically awards the other spouse 1/2 of everything the couple made together in their marriage. He used Johnny Carson's recent divorce as his foil. Obviously Carson's wife didn't make half of their fortune; but he had to give her tens if not hundreds of millions anyway (I think 50 million was the figure).

But, a few years later, Murphy got married anyway to a strikingly beautiful (and very tall) woman. But now, it appears that is all over.

(Oh yeah, in the meantime, it was revealed that Murphy, who ridiculed gays in his act, apparently had a fetish for transvestites, and probably cheated on his wife with them.)

Murphy made tons of dough before he got married. And even though he has made a lot of (mostly) bombs since his marriage, he has still made quite a bit in that time period, I'm sure.

Now if she really gets 1/2 of everything he made since he married her...Ha! Poetic justice and his premonition comes true.


Anonymous said...

Great post. I had forgotten all about the "Half" stuff in Raw.

Marty said...

Any guy who won't bet half of his net worth on the gamble of a lifetime, is playing for a prostitute, not a wife.

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Stuff You Should Know said...

I can't say I disagree.

Luke Rokosz said...

I would have to agree with Marty; if you truly were in love with somebody and were planning on spending the rest of your life with them then it would take a lot of audacity to ask them to sign that piece of paper. In Hollywood marriage is not reality, they live in candyland and marriage is just a trendy thing to do at times; in these cases I can see why prenumps exist, and are used frequently.

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