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The Marriages of Dennis Hopper


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Dennis Hopper on July 29, 2009 in Pasadena, California.

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Dennis Hopper was married five times. Here is information about his five marriages.


Dennis Lee Hopper: May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas.


Dennis Hopper: Dennis died on May 29, 2010 at the age of 74 from complications from metastasized prostate cancer. Dennis was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002. He died at his home in Venice, California.


Dennis had four children.
  • Marin Hopper: Born in 1962. A production manager. Her mother is Brooke Hayward. Marin married producer John Goldstone in 2004. They have one daughter.
  • Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper: Born in 1972. An actress, author, and producer. Her mother is Daria Halprin.
  • Henry Lee Hopper: Born in 1990. An actor. His mother is Katherine LaNasa.
  • Galen Grier Hopper: Born in 2003. Her mother is Victoria Duffy.


Dennis: Actor, writer, director, painter, poet, photographer, editor.

First Marriage -- Brooke Hayward:

Born: Brooke Hayward was born on July 5, 1937 in Los Angeles, California.

Wedding Info: Brooke and Dennis were married on August 9, 1961 in New York.

Divorce: Dennis and Brooke divorced in 1969.

Brooke's Occupations: Actress, author.

Brooke's Other Marriages: Brooke previously married Michael M. Thomas in July 1956. After having two children, they divorced in Mexico in July 1960. Brooke later married pianist Peter Duchin in December 1985. They have filed for divorce.

Second Marriage -- Michelle Phillips:

Born: Michelle Phillips aka Holly Michelle Gilliam was born on June 4, 1944 in Long Beach, California.

Wedding Info: Michelle and Dennis were only married for eight days, from October 31, 1970 til November 8, 1970.

Kat Giantis: "You know your marriage isn't off to a good start when your new bride asks, "Have you considered suicide?" So went the eight-day union of Dennis Hopper and Michelle Phillips. During the brief conjugal co-habitation, the wild-man actor allegedly kept the Mamas & Papas beauty handcuffed so she couldn't run away (Hopper later claimed Phillips was the one with the cuffs). Years later, both were sentimental about their whiplash coupling, which was solemnized on Halloween (insert joke here). Quipped Hopper, "Seven of those days were pretty good. The eighth day was the bad one," while Phillips remembered them as "the happiest eight days of my life."
Source: Kat Giantis. "When the Vow Breaks." MSN.com.

Michelle's Occupations: Singer of the Mamas and the Papas, actress, and author.

Michelle's Other Marriages: Michelle previously married singer and composer John Phillips from December 1962 to August 1970 when they divorced. They had one child. Michelle later married Robert S. Burch in May 1978. They divorced in March 1982. Michelle's fourth marriage is to actor Steven Zax. They married in 2000.

Third Marriage -- Daria Halprin:

Born: Daria Schuman Halprin was born on December 30, 1948 in San Francisco, California.

Wedding Info: Daria and Dennis were married on May 14, 1972.

Divorce: Dennis and Daria divorced in 1976.

Daria's Occupations: Actress, co-founder and director of the Tamalpa Institute in California.

Fourth Marriage -- Katherine LaNasa:

Born: Katherine LaNasa was born on December 1, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wedding Info: Katherine and Dennis were married on June 17, 1989.

Divorce: Dennis and Katherine divorced in April 1992.

Katherine's Occupation: Actress.

Katherine's Other Marriages: Katherine later married actor French Stewart in 1998. They divorced in 2009.

Fifth Marriage -- Victoria Duffy:

News Updates: 3/4/2011: Victoria is suing Dennis Hopper's family and the Dennis Hopper Trust for punitive damages, unpaid child support, and more.

Born: Victoria Cane Duffy was born on October 10, 1967.

Wedding Info: Victoria and Dennis were married on April 12, 1996 in Boston at the Old South Church.

Dennis: "Victoria has put me on a good path. I have a very stable life."
Source: Ruth La Ferla. "A Night Out With: Dennis Hopper; Consider the Outsider." NYTimes.com. 5/12/2002.

Divorce: Dennis filed for divorce in January 2010 citing "irreconcilable differences" and concern about Victoria's reported "out-of-control spending."

Dennis: “I wish Victoria the best but only want to spend these difficult days surrounded by my children and close friends."
Source: Edward Wyatt. "Dennis Hopper, Hollywood Rebel, Dies at 74." NYTimes.com. 5/29/2010.
Ken Lee: "A judge ruled Monday that Hopper, 73, must pay Victoria Hopper $8,000 a month in spousal support and $4,000 in child support. Against the actor's wishes, the judge also ruled that Victoria can live on the Hopper compound in Venice, Calif., for the time being."
Source: Ken Lee. "Ailing Dennis Hopper to Pay $12,000 a Month to Estranged Wife." People.com. 4/06/2010.
Inside Track: "Hopper’s haute home in Brentwood will be put in trust for the couple’s daughter, Galen, 7. But the odd-looking main house in Venice Beach, where mother and child have been living, will be sold with “no interference” from Duffy. She also will get $10,000 for moving expenses, $4,000 per month for child support and $6,000 per month for “family support...”
Source: "With All Due Speed." BostonHerald.com. 11/18/10.

Victoria's Occupation: Actress.

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