Winning an Academy Award is the ultimate achievement for many actresses for whom an Oscar win represents the pinnacle of success. According to new research from the University of Toronto and Carnegie Mellon University, however, a Best Actress nod also places the winner at a higher risk of divorce.
The study, led by Tiziana Casciaro and Colleen Stuart, examined the 751 Best Actor and Best Actress nominees at the Academy Awards from 1936 to last year. Those that took the Best Actress prize—including recent winners Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet and Sandra Bullock—were found to have a 63% greater chance of divorce soon after the award compared to the non-winners.
This increased likelihood of divorce is especially noteworthy in comparison to the men—the researchers found no increase in risk for divorce among Best Actor winners.
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