Hard-Fought Bliss! How Robert Redford Found Love After A Painful Divorce From His Wife Of 27 Years

Date March 20, 2019 09:53

Robert Redford has won the hearts of many women, but he’s been married only twice.


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The actor’s first marriage was to Lola Van Wagenen. He was only 22 and she was only 19 when they tied the knot in 1958. The couple had four children (sadly, their firstborn died in infancy). When they passed the 20-year mark of married life, everyone thought they were one of these rare couples that are meant to last.

Unfortunately, they didn’t. Robert and Lola’s marriage fell apart, and they divorced after 27 years together. The actor never revealed why he and his first wife parted ways, but he managed to find love again.


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Finding a new love

After the divorce, Robert was at a loss. As he said in an interview with The Telegraph, he was quite inexperienced when it came to dating. He had short-lived relationships with actresses Debra Winger and Sonia Braga and costume designer Kathy O’Rear, but he was wary of taking things to the next level.


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And then, he met the one. He and Sibylle Szaggars, a German-born painter 19 years his junior, started dating in 1996.


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After 12 long years together, Robert finally proposed. They tied the knot in 2009, in a private ceremony in Germany. The couple have lived happily ever since, and Robert can’t complain!

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Robert’s ex-wife found a new love, too

Like her ex-husband, Lola wasn’t in a rush to remarry. But she did find someone who is right for her!


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In 2002, she married George Burrill, the founder of the international development firm ARD. They are still together, living a happy and quiet life.

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