The Oscar Curse: Status Dynamics and Gender Differences in Marital Survival
8 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2011
Date Written: January 27, 2011
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.
Keywords: Divorce, Careers, Gender
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