Sinead O'Connor's 16-day marriage not as rare as you think

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 3: Irish singer Sinead O'Connor attends the Irish Meteor Awards aftershow party at Renards nightclub March 3, 2003 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Getty Images) Getty Images

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor attends the Irish Meteor Awards March 3, 2003, in Dublin.)
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Sinead O'Connor's 16-day marriage to therapist Barry Herridge has tongues wagging, coming as it does just weeks after Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries ended their 72-day union that began with a televised "fairytale" wedding.

But short-lived marriages are not uncommon in Hollywood. Does anyone remember Britney Spears' 55-hour marriage to Jason Alexander?

Pictures: Hollywood's short-lived marriages

Nor is it a modern pattern. The late actor Dennis Hopper and The Mamas & the Papas songstress Michelle Phillips were married on Oct. 31 and divorced a week later on Nov. 8. The year was 1970.

In that same decade, Cher and musician Gregg Allman stayed married just long enough to produce a son, Elijah Blue.

There does seem to be some patterns emerging, however. A lot of these short-lived marriages began in the wedding chapels of Las Vegas.



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