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Love and Marriage … the box office equation?

By Dean Goodman
February 22, 2010

The top three directors at the North American box office have walked down the aisle a total of 11 times, leading to the decidedly unscientific conclusion that romantic comedies may be better for your marriage than heavy dramas.

garryGarry Marshall (pictured at left), the man behind last weekend’s champion “Valentine’s Day” as well as “Pretty Woman” and the sitcom “Happy Days,” let the team down by being married just once, to the same woman since 1963 (per Wikipedia).

That leaves current chart-topper Martin Scorsese (“Shutter Island”) and all-time star James Cameron (“Avatar”) with five wives each on their scorecards and approximately zero romantic comedies between them. 

Scorsese did take a break from gunning down gangsters and crucifying Jesus to get romantic with the dramatic Edith Wharton adaptation “The Age of Innocence,” not that too many people noticed. 

Plenty of people did notice the romantic nature of “Titanic,” even if Cameron killed off about 1,500 people including the star. Things were evidently more romantic behind the camera as the married filmmaker hooked up with his co-star Suzy Amis, now his fifth wife.

The thesis might need more work, though, as the three husbands of romantic-comedy specialist Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail) or the three wives and one very estranged former girlfriend of Woody Allen might attest.

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