Ed Asner’s divorce from his wife Cindy is making headlines after the actor walked into the L.A. County Superior Court to make it official. The couple married back in 1998, and allegedly suffered a bitter split back in 2007, though no papers were ever filed. There’s no word on why the actor had chosen to file the papers now, according to Examiner.
Asner, 85, is best known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Ed married Cindy on August 2, 1998. He had previously been married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 to 1988.
Cindy filed for a legal separation in 2007, citing irreconcilable differences after nearly a decade of marriage. It seems tensions ran high between the two, because in 2008 it was reported that the actor had threatened to cut off Cindy’s alimony payment. He alleged that she wasn’t making enough of an effort to be self supporting.
Asner was spotted by a fan last week. Ed was walking alone, probably coming back from picking up his mail at the end of his several mile long driveway, in the afternoon. Was he all alone?
“Definitely yes,” says the fan, adding that “He was wearing a large sweater and looked really cute!”
Ed Asner’s divorce is definitely a sign that the pair will likely come up with some sort of agreement. Court documents later revealed that the pair had reached some sort of financial settlement by 2009. However, at the time of the settlement, neither Ed nor Cindy had gone through with filing to make their divorce official.
This somewhat surprising turn of events - with Ed Asner’s divorce and finally filing the papers - comes eight years after he and his wife initially separated. Ed does have motivation, but it’s not clear exactly why he waited so long. But he has been busy.
Asner has over 10 projects in production in the coming year, including thriller The Home, and drama Joe’s War.
A representative for the actor has not provided any other details regarding the filing. Ed Asner’s divorce has been quiet and only a few knew the two were separated in 2007.