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Does winning an Oscar for Best Actress make a woman more likely to get divorced?


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We analyzed the marital histories of all Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Award nominees from 1936 to 2010 to determine the effect of a sudden status shift on marriage survival. We find that Oscar wins are associated with a greater risk of divorce for Best Actresses, but not for Best Actors. This asymmetry is consistent with gender dynamics documented in marriages among the general population.

Source: Stuart, H. Colleen, Moon, Sue and Casciaro, Tiziana, “The Oscar Curse: Status Dynamics and Gender Differences in Marital Survival” (January 27, 2011).

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