You'd think Liz Taylor would have this down cold after seven previous divorces. But apparently a lot of little nagging details got in the way of her dropping Larry Fortensky until today. Taylor's lawyer announced this morning that the former movie star, 65, and the construction-equipment operator, 45, have settled their differences and it's really all over. Specifics weren't released.

The couple separated in the summer of 1995. In spring of the next year, Fortensky asked for more "spousal support" from Taylor; he said the $5,000 a month covered only his "bare expenses." A judge approved their divorce, on the grounds of "irreconciliable differences," on October 31, with financial negotiations continuing. A number of court hearings were set in the following months, but each time they were canceled, keeping the details out of the public eye.

Taylor's attorney, Arlene Colman-Schwimmer, said today that the celeb wishes "great happiness for Mr. Fortensky." She said the two have remained friends and have spoken since Taylor's surgery for a brain tumor last month.

The couple met at the Betty Ford Center in 1988: he was sent there reportedly after a drunk driving conviction; she had a drug problem. In 1990, he sat by her bedside when she was hospitalized for a serious case of pneumonia, and after that, the romance grew. They married in 1991 at Michael Jackson's California estate while photographers snooped from above in helicopters.

"I always said I would get married one more time and with God's blessings, this is it, forever," Liz said at the time.

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