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Famous trophy wives in history

Let's listem!

by Anonymousreply 118November 30, 2021 1:39 PM

Salma Hayek

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by Anonymousreply 2November 24, 2021 10:54 PM

Jane Fonda

by Anonymousreply 3November 24, 2021 10:58 PM

Helen of Troy

by Anonymousreply 4November 24, 2021 11:01 PM

What means "trophy wife"?

by Anonymousreply 5November 24, 2021 11:01 PM

Beth Ostrosky Stern

by Anonymousreply 6November 24, 2021 11:01 PM

"Salma Hayek."

I was gonna ask - famous for being a trophy wife and nothing else, or trophy wives that have independent fame.

Hayek gets the best of both worlds - she can be a trophy wife married to a really wealthy guy, but she has enough of her own money and independent fame to have a sense of independence - personally and publicly.

by Anonymousreply 7November 24, 2021 11:07 PM

Wendi Deng

by Anonymousreply 8November 24, 2021 11:08 PM

Jackie Onassis

by Anonymousreply 9November 24, 2021 11:08 PM

Anna Nicole Smith

by Anonymousreply 10November 24, 2021 11:09 PM

Chirlane McCray. Look! I've got a black wife!

by Anonymousreply 11November 24, 2021 11:10 PM

Matt Bomer

by Anonymousreply 12November 24, 2021 11:12 PM

Does being a member of the British Royal Family count?

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by Anonymousreply 14November 24, 2021 11:12 PM

R14 A participation trophy at best.

by Anonymousreply 15November 24, 2021 11:19 PM

Kelly Klein, trophy beard

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by Anonymousreply 16November 24, 2021 11:28 PM

Lots of the Hollywood wives, even the ones with careers.

David Kelley: Michelle Pfeiffer.

Phil Hartman's wife, the one who killed him. Brynn Hartman.

Steven Spielberg's wife, Kate Capshaw.

Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife, Georgina Chapman.

Kelsey Grammer's previous wife, Camille Grammer.

Bruce Springsteen's previous wife, Julianne Phillips.

So many.

by Anonymousreply 17November 24, 2021 11:29 PM

R15 Not in Pete’s eyes. To Pete, Chasten is his Heisman.

by Anonymousreply 18November 24, 2021 11:31 PM

[quote] Lots of the Hollywood wives, even the ones with careers.

Michael Douglas: Diandra Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones

by Anonymousreply 19November 24, 2021 11:32 PM

Pamela Harriman

by Anonymousreply 20November 24, 2021 11:36 PM

Eva "Evita" Peron

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by Anonymousreply 21November 24, 2021 11:59 PM

You bitches are slipping.

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by Anonymousreply 22November 25, 2021 12:10 AM

Zelda Fitzgerald?

Peggy Shippen?

Marie Antoinette?

I'm trying to think of the criteria - a beautiful, feckless woman who brings no value to your social position other than the reflective glory of her looks or style and grace? That's a hard one to find in the past, because marriage was strategic and political...

by Anonymousreply 23November 25, 2021 12:28 AM

Ethel Mertz and Mamie Eisenhower.

by Anonymousreply 24November 25, 2021 12:35 AM

What was Brynn Hartman's story? She was always described as working as a model before she met Phil, but there doesn't seem to be any modelling shots on the internet.

by Anonymousreply 25November 25, 2021 12:39 AM

Julia Phillips was married to Bruce Springsteen????

by Anonymousreply 26November 25, 2021 12:41 AM

Suzie Amos. Though maybe not. "Trophy" usually denotes that the woman is beautiful and/or hot/sexy - at the very least "good looking" at some point (even if she eventually ages out of it). Was Suzie Amos ever moderately attractive?

by Anonymousreply 27November 25, 2021 1:03 AM

Courtney Love

by Anonymousreply 28November 25, 2021 1:07 AM

I'm thinking Courtney Love is a famous wife, but not a trophy wife.

by Anonymousreply 29November 25, 2021 1:08 AM

David Furnish

by Anonymousreply 30November 25, 2021 1:30 AM

Jerry Hall, who has now become the patron saint of gold diggers.

by Anonymousreply 31November 25, 2021 1:31 AM

Amber Heard

by Anonymousreply 32November 25, 2021 1:33 AM

Angelina Jolie

by Anonymousreply 33November 25, 2021 1:34 AM

Diana Spencer

by Anonymousreply 34November 25, 2021 1:35 AM

Jerry Hall is now an example for *older* gold diggers.

Mick Jagger outplayed Jerry Hall, though. Getting married in a foreign country, marriage later invalidated. Jerry should have insisted on a courthouse marriage in London, reception to follow.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 25, 2021 1:36 AM

Eleanor of Aquitaine

[Quote]Eleanor of Aquitaine was among the most powerful women of the 12th century. She controlled an extensive estate, became Queen of France and then England, and gave birth to one of England's most famed rulers, Richard the Lionheart.

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by Anonymousreply 36November 25, 2021 1:38 AM

R25 well she certainly wasn't a model wife

by Anonymousreply 37November 25, 2021 1:39 AM

Ellen Barkin

by Anonymousreply 38November 25, 2021 1:42 AM

R36 Eleanor wasn't a trophy wife

by Anonymousreply 39November 25, 2021 1:42 AM

Name any Gabor sister.

by Anonymousreply 40November 25, 2021 1:43 AM

As I'm sure you can imagine, I have my reasons for ignoring "famous [....] in history" threads.

I have no interest in threads crafted by small foreign factions for the sole purpose of inflating the elephantine egos of snippy little sasspots who refuse to acknowledge that without peroxide, tanning beds, and the iron will and steadfast determination of a loving, self-sacrificing mother, they would be nothing.


However, in the event that I—Miss West Virginia, 1977—am brought up in this cesspool of a thread, I want to make it crystal clear at the outset that while I did indeed marry a fat cat, I entered the state of connubial bliss wearing my own crown and carrying my own scepter.

Don't try to grow a brain, Datalounge. And don't underestimate me.

by Anonymousreply 41November 25, 2021 1:43 AM

Grace Kelly

[quote] I'm trying to think of the criteria

I consider it to be a wife acquired like an object, for her tangible properties, especially beauty, not chosen as a life partner for her intangible ones.

by Anonymousreply 42November 25, 2021 1:46 AM

Royales aren't trophey wives since in the monarchy the marriages were political and thus diplomatic. Strategic alliances. Not trophey wife.

by Anonymousreply 43November 25, 2021 1:49 AM

Babe Paley.

by Anonymousreply 44November 25, 2021 2:05 AM

Barbara Sinatra

Mia Farrow

by Anonymousreply 45November 25, 2021 2:18 AM

She was for Ron Perelman, r39.

by Anonymousreply 46November 25, 2021 2:26 AM

Nan Kempner

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by Anonymousreply 47November 25, 2021 2:31 AM

Bambi's Mother.

by Anonymousreply 48November 25, 2021 2:45 AM

Courtney Stodden

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by Anonymousreply 49November 26, 2021 12:25 AM

Portia de Rossi

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by Anonymousreply 50November 26, 2021 12:26 AM

Some of you don't know what the phrase means, apparently

by Anonymousreply 51November 26, 2021 12:27 AM

Cindy Crawford

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by Anonymousreply 52November 26, 2021 12:27 AM

Debatable but I think Ali MacGraw was Steve McQueen's trophy wife.

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by Anonymousreply 53November 26, 2021 12:28 AM

[quote]Anna Nicole Smith

Good one, R10.

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by Anonymousreply 54November 26, 2021 12:29 AM

She used to be a trophy wife

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by Anonymousreply 56November 26, 2021 1:01 AM

Trophy Mistress

by Anonymousreply 57November 26, 2021 1:02 AM

Conseulo Vanderbilt

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by Anonymousreply 58November 26, 2021 1:31 AM

This is the 1989 Fortune magazine story that popularized the concept of the “trophy wife”: the glamorous second wife whose acquisition is meant to be the ultimate statement of a businessman’s success. Gayfryd Steinberg, the wife of now-disgraced financier Saul Steinberg, was a classic of this type: she towered over her fat, ugly husband and wore clothes and jewels fabulously well. Everyone was shocked when she stayed with him after he lost his money.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 26, 2021 1:48 AM

Linda "The Cunt" Kolkena

by Anonymousreply 60November 26, 2021 1:59 AM

Louise Linton

by Anonymousreply 61November 26, 2021 2:15 AM

Elaine Chao

by Anonymousreply 62November 26, 2021 2:15 AM

Marilyn Monroe

Liz Taylor

by Anonymousreply 63November 26, 2021 2:20 AM

Imelda Marcos

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by Anonymousreply 64November 26, 2021 2:21 AM

Nigella Lawson to Charles Saatchi. He's a rich exec and got busted, in public, grabbing her throat.

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by Anonymousreply 65November 26, 2021 2:23 AM

Anne Boleyn

by Anonymousreply 66November 26, 2021 2:50 AM

Melania, of course.

by Anonymousreply 67November 26, 2021 3:06 AM

Marla Maples, as well. She was the wife after Ivana but before Melania.

by Anonymousreply 68November 26, 2021 3:20 AM

Jennifer Jones for David Selznick and Norton Simon

by Anonymousreply 69November 26, 2021 3:27 AM

Grace Kelly

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by Anonymousreply 70November 26, 2021 3:29 AM

Elaine Joyce for Neil Simon

Heather Randall for Tony Randall

by Anonymousreply 71November 26, 2021 3:29 AM

Any of Larry King's wives.

by Anonymousreply 72November 26, 2021 11:33 AM

Ethel Mertz

by Anonymousreply 73November 26, 2021 11:36 AM

Anna Nicole Smith.

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by Anonymousreply 74November 26, 2021 2:00 PM

Sonia McMahon

by Anonymousreply 75November 26, 2021 2:08 PM

Lady Emma Hamilton, artist's model/exotic dancer who became the wife of the British ambassador to Naples and infamous mistress to Britain's greatest military hero, Lord Nelson;

Also her modern-day counterpart Carla Bruni

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by Anonymousreply 76November 29, 2021 12:11 AM

Vairst Letty

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by Anonymousreply 78November 29, 2021 12:24 AM

[quote]Royales aren't trophey wives since in the monarchy the marriages were political and thus diplomatic. Strategic alliances. Not trophey wife.

R43 Not quite. Edward IV had a trophy wife, the unsuitable, widowed commoner - but exceptionally beautiful - Elizabeth Woodville.

In fact, Alexander the Great picked up a trophy wife on his way to conquer the world - the teenaged Roxanna. She was a minor Bactrian princess, not a suitable bride for an Emperor. She was known to be exceptionally beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 79November 29, 2021 12:40 AM

Vicky from Dark Shadows who left at the height of the shows popularity to marry some billionaire.

by Anonymousreply 80November 29, 2021 12:49 AM

Was Roxana a beard?

by Anonymousreply 81November 29, 2021 12:53 AM

I always thought Ellen Barkin really lucked out snagging a billionaire, even or especially if it didn’t work out. I suppose she was a trophy wife for that sexy scene she did in Sea of love. Still, what was she doing just before old Ron came along? She sure was bitter despite all the money she got.

by Anonymousreply 82November 29, 2021 2:28 AM

R81 Historians have puzzled over why Alexander married Roxana, and then took her to war with him - the most dangerous honeymoon in history. There seems to be no other reason than intense attraction and Roxie was described as one of the most beautiful woman that Alexander's men had seen.

by Anonymousreply 83November 29, 2021 2:35 AM

A trophy wife brings youth and maybe beauty. Never necessarily wealth or talent or achievement. The only eclipse their prospective spouse in youth and beauty. Elizabeth Taylor was never a trophy wife- she did have at least one trophy husband. Jane Fonda was not a trophy because her achievements were more than a match for any husband.

by Anonymousreply 84November 29, 2021 3:04 AM

I think Elizabeth was a trophy wife for John Warner.

by Anonymousreply 85November 29, 2021 3:37 AM

And Jackie Kennedy was a trophy wife for Ari, even though she was a powerful person at the time. It’s a matter of perspective.

by Anonymousreply 86November 29, 2021 3:40 AM

Wasn't Jackie the epitome of a trophy wife for JFK, as well?

by Anonymousreply 87November 29, 2021 3:44 AM

I also think Jane Fonda was a trophy wife for Ted Turner.

by Anonymousreply 88November 29, 2021 3:48 AM

Yes, I think so, R87. Selected for the trophy case by Joe Kennedy.

by Anonymousreply 89November 29, 2021 3:48 AM

Helen of Troy

by Anonymousreply 90November 29, 2021 3:49 AM

A man's first wife cannot be a trophy wife. She is merely the future ex-wife who will lose her place to the young, pretty trophy.

by Anonymousreply 91November 29, 2021 3:58 AM

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller

Shiksa trophy wife

by Anonymousreply 92November 29, 2021 4:26 AM

Taylor got Warner elected to the Senate due to her fame- trophy wives do not eclipse their husbands. They are merely a trophy.

by Anonymousreply 93November 29, 2021 4:35 AM

Talulah Riley (Elon Musk)

Lauren Sanchez (Bezos, if he actually marries her)

by Anonymousreply 94November 29, 2021 5:01 AM

Grace Kelly was definitely a trophy wife.

by Anonymousreply 95November 29, 2021 5:57 AM

Mrs. Patsy Ramsey, formerly of Boulder, CO.

by Anonymousreply 96November 29, 2021 6:13 AM

The technical definition of a trophy wife is a second wife who is younger than the rich husband and also younger and more beautiful than his first wife, whom the rich husband divorced.

The following who qualify have not yet been named, I think:

Baby Doe Tabor

Babe Paley

Jayne Wrightsman

Cristina Ford

Nancy Kissinger

Susan Gutfreund

Marla Maples Trump

by Anonymousreply 97November 29, 2021 6:21 AM

[R20], Pamela might have been a trophy wife, but she was heavily influential in regards to Clinton's first victory in his run for president. Also, name me another 'trophy wife' who became the United States ambassador to France. And whose body was flown back to the US on Air Force One.

by Anonymousreply 98November 29, 2021 7:30 AM

Janet Jackson

by Anonymousreply 99November 29, 2021 8:30 AM

R93 I disagree. I think they can fall into one of two categories: one, young and hot; two, famous and glamorous. John Warner having Liz Taylor on his arm is literally saying "look at my iconic movie star wife, who some have called the world's most beautiful woman." If that's not a trophy, I don't know what is.

Same with Ted Turner. "I'm a megarich media mogul, and now I've added Cat Ballou to my collection." Jane was still hot at the time, too.

I'm glad someone posted the Forbes article upthread, I'll enjoy revisiting that. All those 80s socialites were fun to follow back then. Really Gayfryd Steinberg is the one who pops into my mind when someone says "trophy wife." Here, tasteful friends, is a recent article about the sale of her NY home. I was surprised to learn she's now married to the Vanity Fair writer Michael Shnayerson. I remember seeing his byline quite a bit back in the day. La- dee-dah.

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by Anonymousreply 100November 29, 2021 2:38 PM

[quote]Also, name me another 'trophy wife' who became the United States ambassador

Georgette Mosbacher, Ambassador to Poland

Nancy Brinker, Ambassador to Hungary

Both women are featured in the Fortune article about trophy wives.

by Anonymousreply 101November 29, 2021 4:42 PM

Remember Patricia Duffy? Trophy wife extraordinaire. She became Mike Medavoy's trophy wife (big Hollywood producer at the time) and then dumped him to become nasty Ron Perelman's trophy wife.

She was all over Clinton for a while, while she was fundraising for the democrats.

by Anonymousreply 102November 29, 2021 6:19 PM

Winston Churchill's daughter in law, Pamela - she married a few super wealthy men after she ditched the loser Randolph Churchill.

by Anonymousreply 103November 29, 2021 6:21 PM

Queen Noor of Jordan

by Anonymousreply 104November 29, 2021 6:37 PM

Damn, should have said “now I’ve added Barbarella to my collection.”

by Anonymousreply 105November 30, 2021 3:01 AM

Barbara Marx Sinatra

by Anonymousreply 106November 30, 2021 5:46 AM

R100/R105 If the man wants to colorize movies, let him colorize movies. It's show business, for God's sake!

by Anonymousreply 107November 30, 2021 6:22 AM

Johnny Carson’s wives.

Alec Baldwin’s wife.

by Anonymousreply 108November 30, 2021 6:27 AM

Heidi Cruz

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by Anonymousreply 110November 30, 2021 8:41 AM

can you daft cunts read the fuckin thread before posting!

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by Anonymousreply 112November 30, 2021 9:37 AM

Do trophy gay mistresses count?

by Anonymousreply 113November 30, 2021 10:32 AM

Mia Farrow for Frank Sinatra

by Anonymousreply 114November 30, 2021 11:14 AM

La Senatrice was never my fathers gay mistress! Stop with the allusion r113.

by Anonymousreply 115November 30, 2021 11:18 AM

Lady Kitty Spencer owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 116November 30, 2021 11:21 AM

R116 No skinny minny Kitty got a run of the mill rich old guy.

She doesn't hold a candle to Princess Charlene.

by Anonymousreply 117November 30, 2021 11:31 AM

Well, this thread has plummeted.

by Anonymousreply 118November 30, 2021 1:39 PM
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