The story of actor Ed Asner’s divorce is generating nasty comments on the UK’s Daily Mail Web site. Many readers are using the news of the “Lou Grant” star’s divorce to wife Cindy Asner as a reason to bash him over his leftist politics.
One reader wrote, “That’s what you get from marrying a leftist crack pot.” Several others echoed that sentiment.
But others expresses sympathy for Asner.
One wrote. “That’s just sad….when we get older we get cranky- can’t we just try and get along? It’s like your grandparents getting a divorce!” Which, another reader responded, “Their “divorce” was more than ten years in the making and only now finalized! I think they had their fond fair wells long ago.”
TMZ is crediting with first reporting the divorce. The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant star separated from Cindy in 2007, but didn’t go through with the divorce until this month.
They first married in 1998 and their separation was anything but friendly. Ed tried to cut off her temporary spousal support the year after they first broke up. The actor said she was making no effort to become self-supporting. But they reached a divorce settlement in 2009, People reports.
Neither of the Asners are commenting so we don’t know what may have pushed the two to finally divorce. Why Asner would wait until he is 85 to divorce is unknown. Asner hasn’t acted recently sparking false rumors of his death.
Wikipedia detailed Asner’s former relationships, “Asner was married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 until 1988. Together they have three children: twins Matthew and Liza, and Kate. In 1987, he had a son named Charles with Carol Jean Vogelman.
“Engaged to producer Cindy Gilmore in 1991, he married her on August 2, 1998. Gilmore filed for divorce on November 7, 2007. “
The recent divorce announcement ends a sad chapter in Asner’s personal life. So far no details are emerging of the reason for the separation and divorce. Asner is most famous for his roles as TV’s Lou Grant in the Mary Tyler Moore show in the 1970s and later as the star in the Lou Grant show.