Thorne-Smith Marriage Shocker

Former Ally McBeal costar separates from husband of seven months

By Emily Farache Jan 04, 2001 9:00 PMTags
Looks like In Style picked the wrong cover girl for its wedding issue.

Former Melrose Place and Ally McBeal mainstay Courtney Thorne-Smith, who appears on the magazine's current issue in full bridal regalia, has separated from Andrew Conrad , her husband of seven months.

As reported Wednesday by E! Online's columnist Ted Casablanca and confirmed Thursday by her reps, the decision to split was a joint one.

"Andy and I have mutually decided to separate," Thorne-Smith said in a brief statement released by her publicist. "There are no third parties involved. We remain good friends and will share custody of our dogs."

Although there was no mention of the "D"-word by Thorne-Smith's publicist, Casablanca reports the onetime twosome are ready to dissolve their union in court.

Thorne-Smith, 32, married Conrad, 36, a genetic scientist, on June 1, 2000, in a mountaintop garden on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. They wrote their own vows, which included Thorne-Smith saying, "I want to grow old with you."

Maybe she should've clarified "old."

They reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement before swapping "I dos".

Thorne-Smith got her break as the long-suffering Alison Parker on Melrose Place and then jumped to Ally as attorney Georgia Thomas--a gig she gave up at the end of the third season last May to pursue a sitcom career.

In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Thorne-Smith said her decision to quit Ally was prompted by constant pressure she felt to control her weight on a show whose star, Calista Flockhart, is rail thin.

"I started undereating, overexercising, pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune system," Thorne-Smith told the magazine. "The amount of time I spent thinking about food and being upset and my body was insane."

Maybe Thorne-Smith knows when enough is enough. She left Ally just months before Flockhart collapsed on the set reportedly due to stress and dehydration.