It’s a known fact that most celebrity marriages don’t last, so, stars like Neil Diamond decided to shift their love interest to women who are not in the spotlight but could be working behind the scenes. Out of the three women who the legendary singer has married so far, none has as much fame as he enjoys. One of those women is beautiful Marcia Murphey. Though she worked as a TV producer, Marcia was unpopular until she married Neil Diamond and became his second wife. Their marriage did last, ending up as his longest and arguably the most talked-about to date, despite their divorce later. To date, even Neil Diamond hasn’t stopped speaking proudly of her.
Just in case you don’t know Neil Diamond, he is an iconic American singer and songwriter, as well as an actor with 38 chart-topping and commercially successful hits. His songs have won him a number of awards and got his name inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Who Exactly is Marcia Murphey?
Much to the frustration of the media, the former wife of Neil Diamond prefers to share less information about herself with the public. Therefore, there are no details of her date of birth, parents, birth family, siblings and early life. The only information that can be confirmed about the producer is that she was born and raised in the United States.
As such, nobody knows the details of her education and the type of certificate she obtained. However, there are discernible signs that Marcia Murphey is well-educated, especially for the fact that she pursued a career in media production. We also don’t know the name of the university she attended but it is evident that she may have attended one of the best in the United States.
As for her career, there are no records of her job accomplishments. The only available information relating to this matter is that she met her sweetheart Neil Diamond while working as a production assistant. She was working as a TV producer and during her marriage to the famous musician, she once declined a staff job offer so she could have their second child, Micah – a decision she is very proud to have taken.
Details Of How Marcia Fell In Love And Married A Rock Star
While Neil Diamond’s music career was starting to grow, he met and fell in love with Marcia Murphey, a production assistant. The only problem at the time was that he was still married to Jaye Posner, his first wife whom he had developed a schoolboy love for during their high school days. Nevertheless, his romance with Marcia blossomed.
His first marriage which started in 1963 later crumbled in 1967 after producing two children named Marjorie and Elyn. This enabled things to work out quickly between Marcia and Neil and in December 1969, they got married, the same year his divorce from his first marriage was finalized. The union between Murphey and Diamond produced two children before it crashed after 25 years of bliss.
Neil Diamond was born and raised principally in Brooklyn, New York. He was born on the 24th of January 1941 to Jewish parents. The music genius has been in the music industry for over four decades now, having started singing professionally in 1962. Respected as one of the most successful musicians of all time, Neil Diamond’s current net worth is estimated at $175 million which he primarily made from his music career. This isn’t startling, knowing that all his albums are commercially successful, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide. So far, he has about 34 studio albums which include 38 Top 40 hit singles.
What We Know About Their Divorce
At a time, it seemed the two were a match made in heaven as they lived happily as a family with their children but this was not to last for long. In 1995, after twenty-five years and two kids, their marriage ended on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.
Marcia Murphey’s divorce from Neil Diamond made her a multi-millionaire. She allegedly received a whopping $150 million as divorce settlement which is almost all of Neil’s fortune. It was said to be one of the largest millionaire divorces in history. However, Neil refuted the claims, saying it was all made up by the media. According to him, such an amount of money can only be associated with businessmen or thieves, not musicians.
Additionally, Neil Diamond wasn’t mad about the huge amount that he had to pay during the divorce. Though he didn’t reveal the actual amount, he believes that his ex-wife deserves what she got and wished her all the happiness that such an amount can buy. Neil didn’t mince words in giving credit to Murphey for her positive impact on his life. According to him, his career endeavors wouldn’t have turned out so well without her help and he appreciates the years they spent together.
Meet Marcia Murphey’s Children
The marriage between Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey produced two children; sons named Jesse, born in 1970 and Micah, born in 1978. The family lived in their Malibu Beach house in their early years.
None of Neil’s children with Marcia is following in their father’s footsteps as a musician, though Jesse was briefly involved with music, but he later moved into photography. He is also a writer and has his father’s full support in his endeavors. Neil doesn’t stop bragging about his son on social media.
I’m very proud of my son, Jesse. His new book, “White Noise” is in presales. (He tells me that the first 500 people to purchase it get their name in the book as a supporter). Congratulations Jesse! We can’t wait to get our copy in September. https://t.co/TJ9L5AXj1M
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) July 10, 2019
Jesse married Sheryl Lee in 2000 after the birth of their son Elijah Diamond, born on May 2, 2000.
There is nothing known about Micah Diamond as he lives a private life away from the spotlight.
What Has Marcia Murphey Been Up To?
Marcia Murphey has been out of the dating circle since her divorce from Neil Diamond and seems not ready to build a new relationship. Meanwhile, her ex-husband Neil Diamond has already found himself another woman named Katie McNeil and although their age difference is quite huge, they have stayed married since 2012.
Marcia is a volunteer at the American Civil Liberties Union. She is mostly busy doing things that make her happy and of course, being the best grandma to her adorable grandson named Elijah.