Saturday, April 4, 2009

How Did She Do It

George Clooney must be shaking in his boots. It's Armageddon for celebrity single guys. His consummate bachelor comrades like Bruce Willis and David Letterman both got married in the same week. We wonder if they are trying to make up for the dastardly mistakes of "The Bachelor's" Jason Resnick and give commitment-phobes a good name? But what we're REALLY wondering is what makes these women so special that these guys would give in to marriage after holding out for so long. We take a look at them and some other lucky ladies who landed legendary celebrity bachelors and ask "How Did They Do It?"

Bruce Willis and Emma Heming
Bruce Willis has dated a lot of pretty girls. A LOT of pretty YOUNG GIRLS. Of course he was married to Demi but before and after her was a string of models, "actresses," and Playmates, who seemed to keep him busy but couldn't hold his interest for very long. So what's so special about Emma Heming, his new bride?  The facts are pretty clear: She has been a spokesmodel for La Senza lingerie, walked the catwalk for Victoria's Secret, and was #86 on "Maxim" magazine's "Top 100" list in 2005. Plus we figure he just wanted to show Demi he could do one better than her – Emma is one year younger than Demi's hot young husband, Ashton Kutcher. Emma is 30 and Ashton is 31.

David Letterman and Regina Lasko
20 years. They have been dating for 20 years. She must have been thrilled after 12 years when he finally asked her to move in. But then she had to give birth to his only child (Henry) and wait eight years for the ring. What was the virtue that drove Dave to commit to Regina? We can only guess that it was patience.

Scott Baio and Renee Sloan
Poor Scott Baio. He was turning 45 and he was single. Poor Scott. He was so troubled about whether or not he should commit to his then girlfriend, Renee Sloan, that he actually had to hire a life coach and land a TV show (called appropriately enough "Scott Baio Is 45…And Single") to work through his issues. Along the way he let a bunch of ex-girlfriends (including Erin "Joanie Loves Chachi" Moran) tell him he was a jerk and recounted a lot of stories about dating many, many playboys. But at the end of the day (and 13 episodes) Scott realized that his serial dating lifestyle was empty and he proposed to Renee. Not a moment too soon, as Scott slipped the ring on her finger, Renee let it slip to Scott that she was pregnant. We weren't losing a celebrity bachelor, we were gaining a reality show, "Scott Baio is 46…And Pregnant."

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Okay, we actually think that Warren Beatty settling down with Annette Bening had less to do with her and more to do with his exes. The list, as we all know, is long and includes such difficult divas as Barbra Streisand and Cher. But not long before he married Annette, Warren was tied to the most high-maintenance girlfriend of all time, Madonna. To make matters worse, he let her film their relationship for the documentary "Truth Or Dare." Warren did not look amused. So when a nice, drama-free beauty like Annette Bening walked through his door, Warren must have realized that he shouldn't let a good thing go. Good call. They've been married for 17 years and have four kids.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Sure, Brad was already married to Jennifer Aniston when he met Angelina Jolie but Angie changed him from a husband with one foot out the door, to a family man. Don't forget that Brad's the one who told Oprah, while he was married to Jennifer, that he wasn't sure if it's really "in our nature to be with someone for the rest of our lives." He proved that to be true when he left Jen for Angie. But, the theories have been kicked around that what started as a heated infatuation, became a life with six children before Brad had a chance to catch his breathe and decide if it was what he really wanted. We hope he's happy – marriage may not be forever, but kids sure are, and there are new rumors that baby number seven might be arriving soon from India.

Jack Nicholson and Angelica Houston
Jack Nicholson was married once, for a few years in the '60s, to an actress named Sandra Knight. But Jack has said that the real love of his life was Angelica Houston. And although they never married, they were together for 16 years, his longest relationship ever and a fairytale love affair by Hollywood standards. Was it her exotic beauty, incredible talent as an actress, or the fact that she was from a legendary film family (her father was director John Huston) that drew Jack to Angelica? We think it's more likely that he liked her because she let him be him. She knew Jack was having affairs but she turned a blind eye because she thought he was "the world's sexiest, most gorgeous man" (her words not ours). Maybe they would have lasted forever if Jack's infidelity didn't backfire when he got Rebecca Broussard pregnant. Angelica found out (these things are hard to hide) and she told Jack he had to be with Rebecca and do the right thing for their unborn child. Then she beat the living crap out of him – really. Can you blame her?

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford has been married twice – from 1964-1979 to his pre-Han Solo fame wife, Mary Marquardt, and then from 1983 to 2004 to his post-Han Solo fame wife, Melissa "I-Wrote-E.T." Mathison. So he isn't exactly known for being a bachelor past. But when his marriage to Mathison ended in one of the most expensive divorces in entertainment history (she reportedly got $85 million), we just figured he'd never get married again. Then he met Calista Flockhart who is a star in her own right, is financially secure with her hit show "Brothers And Sisters" and the residuals from her first hit show "Ally McBeal," and was such a strong single woman she had adopted her son, Liam, on her own. The force is definitely with this one.

Written by Amy & Nancy Harrington
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