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April 30, 2008: Stamping out his marriage

British actor Terence Stamp gets quickie divorce from young wife.

by Jeffrey Cottrill

Veteran English star Terence Stamp knows his way around the ladies -- judging by his high-profile romances with such beauties as Brigitte Bardot, Julie Christie, and Jean Shrimpton back in the '60s -- but a permanent marital commitment may be another thing to him. Reports have surfaced that Stamp's five-year marriage to Australian pharmacologist Elizabeth O'Rourke has ended in a "quickie" divorce.

According to British newspaper The Daily Express, neither Stamp nor O'Rourke attended the divorce proceedings at London's High Court Family Division. BBC News reported that District Judge Redgrave granted the divorce on the grounds that "unreasonable behavior" on Stamp's part had caused the marriage to break down permanently. Stamp didn't contest the divorce.

This was the first marriage for Stamp, 69. He and O'Rourke first met in the mid-'90s at a pharmacy in Bondi, Australia, and they married on New Year's Eve in 2002, when she was only 29.

Terence Stamp first gained fame and an Oscar nomination for his role in a 1962 film adaptation of Herman Melville's Billy Budd. His other movie credits include The Collector, the 1967 adaptation of Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, Steven Soderbergh's The Limey, and the cross-dressing cult classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Comic-book lovers, of course, know him best as the super-villain General Zod in Superman II.

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