10 Actresses Who Fell Victim to the ‘Oscar Curse’

By Lena Finkel,

Never heard of the Oscar curse? It’s the theory that winners of the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress will lose their significant other following the big win — usually within a year or so.

The curse is one that’s as old as time, dating back to 1935 when Claudette Colbert won for It Happened One Night opposite Clark Gable. Colbert and her husband at the time split within 6 months of the award show, according to The Frisky.

Guess it’s a good thing that Quvenzhane Wallis is too young for a boyfriend! Check out some of the most memorable couples to be hit by the curse.

10. Jane Weyman and Ronald Reagan

Way back in 1949, before Reagan took the oath to be President of the United States, he was married to actress Jane Weyman. Weyman was so talented that she won Best Actress for her portrayal of a deaf-mute rape victim in Johnny Belinda. The two split later that year according to How About We.

9. Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes

In 2009, Kate Winslet won the Oscar for Best Actress for The Reader. A year and a week later, the actress announced that her marriage of nearly seven years was officially over. Winslet and Mendes never reconciled reported The Daily Mail.

8. Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe

In 2005, Swank won Best Actress for her very notable performance in Million Dollar Baby. According to How About We, 11 months later she separated from her husband, fellow actor Chad Lowe.

7. Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

The last victim of the Oscar Curse was Sandra Bullock, who won the Oscar for Best Actress back in 2010 for The Blind Side, stated People. Nearly two weeks after her win, rumors of James’ infidelity caught fire. Bullock and James had been married for almost five years.

6. Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend

According to The Frisky, in 2004, Charlize won Best Actress for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, a part she gained nearly 30 lbs for. Less than a year later, she and Townsend split, despite being together for about six years.

5. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe

Reese was awarded the Oscar back in 2006 for the film Walk the Line based on Johnny Cash’s life and career. After seven years and two children together, Reese and Ryan called it quits later that year as stated in The Frisky.

4. Halle Berry and Eric Bennet

In 2002, Halle was recognized for her part in Monsters Ball with the Best Actress award. In 2003, she and husband of two years, Eric Benet, separated, noted People.

3. Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt

After giving a very moving performance in Erin Brokovitch, Roberts was given the Oscar in 2001. According to People, she had been dating Bratt for almost three years, but the two ended their romance in June of that year.

2. Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini

Ingrid was given her second Best Actress award in 1956 for Anastasia, the director of which was her husband Rossellini. Just months later, Bergman and Rossellini split for good, noted How About We.

1. Renee Zellweger and Jack White

Although Zellweger and singer White dated for nearly two years, that soon came to an end after her Oscar win. Zellweger won Best Supporting Actress for Cold Mountain in 2004 and the couple split in 2005, noted How About We.

So, who will be hit by the Oscar curse next? Could newlywed Anne Hathaway be in trouble?



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