Elizabeth Taylor and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), once one of the most crowd-drawing couples in American politics, have been granted a divorce after a 14-month separation, ending almost six years of marriage.
Warner, 55, was present at the Circuit Court in Fauquier County when the decree was handed down Friday. Taylor, 50, was at her Los Angeles home and represented in court by her lawyers, said her publicist Chen Sam.
"The proceedings were held by mutual agreement . . . after an amicable separation," Sam said. A spokesman for Warner had no comment. The couple was married Dec. 4, 1976.
The actress was considered by many to be a boon to Virginia politics and a valuable asset to the political career of Warner, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978. Republicans credited Taylor with attracting huge crowds to GOP rallies and to Warner's annual fund-raising events at his Atoka Farm in Middleburg.
This year's fund-raising supper, which Taylor did not attend, drew about 1,000 fewer people than in past years.
The divorce is the sixth for Taylor, previously married to and divorced from hotel heir Conrad (Nicky) Hilton, actor Michael Wilding and singer Eddie Fisher. She was twice married to and divorced from actor Richard Burton. Taylor also was the widow of producer Michael Todd, who died in an airplane crash 25 years ago.
The divorce was the second for Warner, who was married previously to heiress Catherine Mellon.