Divorced: 4 times
Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the most important figures of early rock ‘n roll. A contemporary of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, his hit singles, such as “Great Balls of Fire,” are among the most important in pop music history. However, his personal life could, at best, be described as turbulent.
His first marriage was to Dorothy Barton, and it lasted just under two years. According to a 1978 People magazine interview, he was 14 years old at the time of the marriage and she was 17, so she was “too old” for him. His next marriage, to Jane Mitchum, took place 23 days before his divorce from Barton was final and lasted four years.
Lewis married Myra Gale Brown next. She was his first cousin once removed and 13 years old at the time. When her age and familial connection to him came to light, the scandal sidelined him as a professional musician for a decade. Still, they remained married for 13 years. After the divorce he married Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate and then Shawn Stephens, both of whom died in accidents while married to him. His last marriage, to Kerrie McCarver, lasted for 20 years and ended in divorce in 2004.
Pictured: American rock musician Jerry Lee Lewis holds his second cousin and third wife Myra Brown in his lap at a press conference in the Westbury Hotel, London, May 23, 1958.