Marriage is a precarious thing. For adults in their thirties, the divorce rates in both England and America hover somewhere in the 10% range. That means about one in ten marriages will dissolve each year, making them a fairly common occurrence. But when that divorce happens to someone in the public eye, to a celebrity -- like, say, Kate Winslet, who announced this week that she and her husband director Sam Mendes are ending their nearly seven year marriage -- everyone wants to know all the gory details.

"She's an Oscar winner, he's a huge director, and people are interested in their lives," explains Hollywood Life senior writer Corynne Steindler.