In 1920, Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge, sister of film stars Constance and Norma Talmadge, married in one of Hollywood's "royal" weddings. She was a virgin, while he was a womanizer, and their marriage may have been motivated by Buster's financial ties to Natalie's brother in law.
After the marriage, Natalie, an occasional silent film actress who costarred with her husband in Our Hospitality, became known more for spending $900 a week on clothes and persuading her husband to buy the extravagant "Italian Villa," in LA. "Having got our two boys our first three years, frankly, it looked as if my work was done," Buster said later in life, admitting that he was kicked out and into his own bedroom. Even so, the marriage lasted nine more years. He said of their divorce, "I know of no woman in the world who could have taken me from Natalie — except Natalie herself."