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Full NameWilliam Alexander
First NameWilliam
Last NameAlexander
ProfessionCelebrity Ex-Husband
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseEllen Burstyn

William Alexander is the first husband of Ellen Burstyn, the popular American actress known for portraying complicated women in dramas.

Ellen Burstyn, the Oscar award-winning actress

Ellen Burstyn was interested in entertainment since her childhood days. 

She completed her early high school days with a major in fashion and was a cheerleader and drama club president.

After dropping out of her school, she started working as a dancer and model.

It was only in 1956 that she decided to become an actress

In the early days of her acting career, she acted in dramas such as 'The Doctors', 'The Iron Horse,' 'Goodbye, Charlie,' and many more.

William Alexander's ex-wife, Ellen Burstyn.
William Alexander's ex-wife, Ellen Burstyn. Source: Facebook

She got her first breakthrough from the movie 'The Last Picture Show,' which led her to win her first Academy Award nomination

Similarly, her next breakthrough is 'Thee Exorcist' through which she was endowed with Oscar and Academy award.

She also won the Oscar award as best actress for 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.' 

Apart from an acting career, she also managed the studio

She was the first female president of the Actor's Equity Association and is the co-president of the Actors studio

Along with that, she is also the artistic director for the studio's New York location.

Married life of seven-year

He married Ellen Burstyn in 1950. The couple enjoyed their married for seven years and then parted away

The couple has remained private about their married life and has not revealed much information except their marriage and separation date.

Next two unsuccessful wedding

There is not much information about whether William found the next partner or not. 

But Ellen got involved with two more partners after him. 

After splitting from him, she organized her second wedding with Paul Roberts, a director in 1958

William Alexander's ex-wife, Ellen Burstyn's second husband, Paul Roberts.
William Alexander's ex-wife, Ellen Burstyn's second husband, Paul Roberts. Source:

The couple also adopted a son named Jefferson. They lived together for three years and started living independently

Three years after that, she wed her new partner, Neil Nephew

Unfortunately, she also could not save this relationship and faced a tragic end.

The turbulent relationship resulted in divorce

The relationship of Ellen with her third husband, Neil, was delightful at first. 

She even used to describe him as charming, funny, bright, talented, and eccentric

But when he had Schizophrenia, their relationship started becoming terrific.

He at first left her but tried to patch up with her. But their turbulent relationship resulted in divorce in 1972

In her Autobiography, 'Lesson in Becoming Myself,' she has mentioned that he continuously followed her for six years and r*ped her in her house.

However, he was not found guilty as charges cannot be filed against him because the spousal relationship was not taken as a legal crime at that time.

Later, in 1978, he committed suicide and left the world.

William Alexander's ex-wife, Ellen Burstyn, and Neil Nephew.
William Alexander's ex-wife, Ellen Burstyn, and Neil Nephew. Source:

The wife follows religious and spiritual teaching

His wife was raised by Catholic parents.

But she did not limit herself to catholic teachings and started following different religious and spiritual teachings.

She is a follower of Sufism, Jesus, and Ganesha

One of her favorite teachings is Guan Yin, which is related to the manifestations of the divine and the embodiment of compassion.

It was in her late thirties that she started learning spirituality from Vilayat Inayat Khan.

From him, she got her spiritual name 'Hadiya,' which means 'She who is guided' in Arabic.

Net worth 

The net worth of his famous wife is as follows:

Net worthYear
Before2018$15 Million
2019-2020$ (15-20) Million


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Updated On Sat Feb 20 2021 Published On Sat Nov 14 2020 By shaumya

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