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Linda Lee

Linda Lee, Executive Editor

About my marriage: I said hello to a man in Central Park because I thought he lived in my building. We started dating. We took a trip to Europe together. We decided if we could stand two weeks together in a Deux Chevaux, we should get married. He was a criminal lawyer, and I was a book editor, and 23 years old.

About my split: It took only two years for me to realize I had married him for all of the wrong reasons. He made twice as much money as I did, and had, like me, gone to an Ivy League school. We had a great lifestyle, the Volvo, the rental in the Hamptons, the ski place in Vermont. But this man was not The One. I’d grabbed at a life vest when I was really looking for solid land.

He was a jock. I was a reader, gardener, cook. I went to museums. He went to basketball games. He was Jewish. I was not. The idea of having children never even occurred to us.

When we moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn to be close to his work, I felt like a prisonder. A marriage counselor told us there was no reason our marriage couldn’t succeed, if we wanted it to. But there just wasn’t enough in it to make me want to.

The Resolution: I gave him the apartment, the car, one of the dogs — everything, except a little piece of land we had bought Upstate. It took two years, however, for our divorce to be legal, because I had never taken his last name, and the clerk refused to file divorce papers for a man and wife who didn’t have the same last name.

Times change.

I met a man I truly loved, had his child. When this man died, and our son was a year old, I wrote the memoir “Out of Wedlock, A Love Story.” So I have found (and lost) real love. And I raised a son, by myself.

Eventually I found myself as a writer (six books on a variety of subjects, the last being “Success Without College"). I was an editor at The New York Times for many years, became an expert on film, art, design and architecture. I wrote a lot for the Sunday Styles section. I started a design magazine in Miami, and edited the official Art Basel Miami Beach magazine. And I have a web site that covers Art Basel:

I’ve found happiness and peace. It’s taken a long time. And I am thrilled to be working on First Wives World.

Linda Lee

Most Recent Articles

Oh No, Mr. Big Is Everywhere

Monday, 16 June 2008 05:48
A Brazilian model and clothing designer, Ana Maria, just got dumped two weeks before a big wedding in Stockholm. Nicole Miller had already designed the wedding party’s dresses, Page Six reported on June 15. Why did the groom, wealthy Swedish…

Oh Great, Another Thing to Worry About

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 08:38
Will the humiliation never end? We had to give up the big house, drink tap water instead of Perrier. The divorce decree demanded that we give back our married names. We can’t afford to take a decent vacation, even though we saw that first…

Make-Up Sex Stalls Divorce

Monday, 23 June 2008 19:53
The wedding of the televangelist Juanita Bynum and Bishop Thomas Weeks of the Pentecostal church was a televised spectacular in 2002. A thousand guests were invited, and the event cost more than $1 million. The couple preached together in his Global …
Let's see. You're working fulltime. You begin every day by turning on the Mr. Coffee, waking the kids, doing a load of laundry, making breakfast, packing lunches, sending the two of them off to the school bus. You drive to work with a thermos at…

Dr. Deadbeat Dad

Friday, 27 June 2008 14:03
Wonder how you’ll collect child support? Some states like Mississippi throw deadbeat dads in jail. In Ohio they put delinquent dad’s mug shots on pizza boxes. And California will pull a deadbeat doctor’s medical license. You’d think that…

It's Worth a Try

Tuesday, 15 July 2008 08:00
In filing for divorce last week, Cynthia Rodriguez, wife of Yankee Alex Rodriguez, seems to be expecting more than just the house, their two daughters, and the four dogs. Since they married in 2002 her husband signed a contract for $275 million…

The YouTube Divorce, Settled!

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 19:24
The verdict is in. A judge ruled against a wife who broke new ground, and perhaps established new heights in ego-centrism, by broadcasting her complaints about her husband on YouTube. As Norman Sheresky, a Manhattan divorce lawyer, said in April, …

Divorce Threatens Homes

Thursday, 24 July 2008 18:24
The house on one side is up for sale, and has been for a long time. On the other side, the house has already been foreclosed. Now, statistics in Australia say, if you are facing divorce, chances are your house is going to be up ...

Jilted Bride Wins Big

Saturday, 26 July 2008 16:52
Rose Mary Shell dated what we would all agree was a confirmed bachelor from Georgia for years and years. She finally broke it off, in July 2006, because Wayne Gibbs would not propose. On November 3, 2006, after four months apart ...

The Rockefeller Child Abduction

Wednesday, 30 July 2008 11:28
It is every divorced mother’s nightmare: that her ex-husband might kidnap their child. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday to Sandra L. Boss, a sophisticated and youthful looking 41-year-old. Her 7-year-old daughter, Reigh (pronounced Ray),…

Takes a Pitch and Misses

Thursday, 03 July 2008 09:43
Do wealthy celebrities and athletes get divorced more often than the rest of us? Sure seems like it. The Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, and his wife, Cynthia, have announced their separation after six years of marriage. She gave birth to their…

Disgraced NBA Ref's Ex Stands by Her Man

Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:58
The ex-wife of a former NBA referee convicted of gambling can breathe a sigh of relief. She stood by her ex, even after their divorce was final, throughout the long process of bringing him to justice. And yesterday he was sentenced to only 15…

Deadbeat Dad X Ten

Thursday, 17 July 2008 09:10
Here’s a new way for the ex-basketball player Jason Caffey to keep score: ten children by seven “baby mamas” and one wife. He filed for bankruptcy last August. That didn’t stop a judge in Atlanta, Georgia, from handing down …

Clark Rockefeller, Child Abductor, in Jail

Thursday, 07 August 2008 01:24
The man who abducted his seven-year-old daughter in Boston last month was arrested in Baltimore over the weekend, and the girl was returned to her mother. On Tuesday the father was charged in a Boston court with felony parental kidnapping, assault…

A Third Way

Tuesday, 01 July 2008 12:11
Robin Williams and his wife, Marsha Garces Williams, have announced in court papers that they are going to have a collaborative divorce. (Which means we won't see them and their children paraded on special editions of Entertainment Tonight.) In…

Calling All Cougars

Tuesday, 05 August 2008 09:32
The actress Maria Bello, 41, just announced an interest in marriage, thanks to her 28-year-old artist-waiter boyfriend, Bryn Mooser. Ladies, it's our turn. An AARP poll of 3,500 single people found that one-third of women between 40 and 69 were…

Independence Days

Wednesday, 02 July 2008 16:07
Two shocking divorces in Yemen have drawn attention to the plight of child brides. The first case involved a 10-year old wife, Nujood Ali, shown, who walked into a courthouse in April and demanded a divorce. In May another girl, 9, ran to a hospital …
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What?s the Hurry?

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 10:14
Sometimes it pays not to be in a hurry, or at least that’s what a woman’s lawyers are saying in a lawsuit in England. Here’s the backstory. Carol Williams moved out of the family farmhouse in Chesham, after 22 years of marriage and…

The Coke Clause

Thursday, 24 July 2008 10:48
Banking, steel, oil, cocaine … Matthew Mellon is heir to a fortune built on the first three, and a victim of the fourth. And although he’s sworn off coke for good, when he wrote a pre-prenup with his fiancé, Noelle Reno, in the form of a…
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