#4: Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison: $85 million and future earnings


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Length of Marriage: 21 years
Children: Two
Filed for Divorce: 2004
Amount of Settlement: $85 million
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison.
The Skinny: Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison met on the set of Apocalypse Now in 1979, when Ford was a rising star and Mathison was an ambitious young screenwriter who was finishing up the script for The Black Stallion. The two wed in 1983, just weeks after the release of the Mathison-scripted blockbuster E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial. The first signs of trouble in marriage began in November of 2000, when the two announced a separation, but reconciled in 2001. However, rumors of both Ford's bouts of deep depression combined with nights of bar hopping seemed to be too much, with the two divorcing in 2004. Mathison secured the services of Denise Wasser, who had previously worked as Tom Cruise's divorce lawyer. The ensuing divorce settlement was remarkable not only for its size -- $85 million -- but also for details stipulating that Mathison and Ford would split future royalty earnings from movies made during their marriage, including the Indiana Jones series.
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