John Cleese, co-creator and star of Fawlty Towers and other well-known comedy shows, has spoken of his pain following his divorces. The actor and writer has been married and divorced three times, his first marriage being to Connie Booth.
They married in 1968 and remained together for 10 years, during which time they wrote the first series of Fawlty Towers together. After their divorce in 1978, they collaborated on the second series of Fawlty Towers which was a huge hit with British audiences, and still is today while now attracting a much wider audience. Cleese admits that his divorce from Connie Booth left him devastated for a couple of years, with the pair remaining close friends to this day. His second wife was Barbara Trentham who he married in 1981 and later divorced in 1990.
In 2008, Cleese embarked yet again on the road to divorce, this time from third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger who was awarded a huge divorce settlement of around $18.7 million. Cleese set out to write and perform his sell out ‘Alimony Tour’, which he famously says is paying his divorce settlement. Although Cleese has enjoyed the tour, he says he prefers writing material. In an interview for the latest issue of Reader’s Digest, he said:
“It’s the first time I’ve been on my own stage, and I like the immediacy of it. If you don’t get the laugh tonight, you can change the joke and try again the next night.”
Although he would rather be writing, he says he has to perform as it pays more money.
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