Effect of Oscar on Marriage

This study found that women who win a Best Actress Oscar have a much higher rate of divorce in the following years than the losing Best Actress nominees and the Best Actor nominees, both winning and losing. A Chinese joke I heard recently says essentially the same thing:

There are four kinds of people: 1. Man. 2. Woman. 3. Woman with a Ph.D. 4. Someone who will marry a woman with a Ph.D.

Via Marginal Revolution.

5 Responses to “Effect of Oscar on Marriage”

  1. Darrin Thompson Says:

    Keep ’em coming. Eventually you’ll have 60 minutes of the weirdest comedy act ever.

  2. Alex Chernavsky Says:

    Reminds me of this saying, alleged to be an Italian proverb: There are three ways to make money. You can inherit it. You can marry it. You can steal it.

  3. Seth Roberts Says:

    Alex, I don’t see the connection. I mean, beyond the similarity of “three ways” and “four types”. Am I missing something?

  4. Alex Chernavsky Says:

    Seth, the similarity of “three ways” and “four types” is the only connection. I’ve always thought that the (alleged) Italian proverb is humorous, and so I remembered it when I read your post.

  5. Geraldine Says:

    I think it’s a funny but telling comparison Seth. It’s a wonder that any celebrity marriages stick, all things considered.

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    Cheers, Geraldine