The Oscars Love Curse

American Actors Liz Taylor and Richard Burton --- Image by © Bob Penn/Sygma/Corbis
American Actors Liz Taylor and Richard Burton --- Image by © Bob Penn/Sygma/Corbis

The 88th Academy Awards taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California this Sunday. All eyes will be on the Best Actress nominees for more reasons than just their acting talent and red carpet looks.

Unless you’re three time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, the Best Actress Award winners have been plagued with the Oscar love curse, a superstition that the woman who wins the Academy Award for Best Actress will have her boyfriend or husband cheat on her or divorce her soon after. This has also been applied to the Best Supporting Actress but not to any of the male actor categories.

Michael Jenson and Heeyon Kim examine the negative consequences of upward mobility that comes with the Oscar Curse in their paper published in Organisation Science. The paper discusses a conundrum for actresses: on one hand being nominated or winning an Oscar can significantly boost their careers but on the other hand, could ruin their marriage or relationship.

Here are top 10 actresses who have suffered the Oscars Curse:

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