Neil Simon has certainly been having some bad luck with proposals. His play of that name had a brief run on Broadway this season, and now the Daily News and Reuters have reported that in real life, Simon is divorcing his wife, Dianne Lander-Simon -- for the third time.
If the reports are true (calls by Playbill On-Line to Simon's reps had not been returned as of press time), Simon, author of The Sunshine Boys, God's Favorite a screenplay for the ironically titled The Marrying Man, will have married and divorced five times. His first wife died of cancer in 1953. Then he married actress Marsha Mason (Amazing Grace). After their divorce, he married Lander Simon in 1987, remarried her in 1990, and again in 1992.
On the positive side, Simon is also back in the movie theatres with a sequel to The Odd Couple. A Broadway revival of his The Sunshine Boys plays its 150th performance this week.
-- By David Lefkowitz