Find out more about Suzy Amis and his previous marriages – Hollywood Life
Credit: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection James Cameron is the director of hit films like Titanic and The Terminator. He is currently married to actress Suzy Amis. The surname has previously been married four times. James just received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for Avatar: The Way of Water.
James Cameron, 68, is one of Hollywood’s best-known directors. He has topped many of the film industry’s biggest hits over the years including Titanic, True Lies, Aliens, Solaris, Terminator, Avatar, Alita: Battle Angel and more. His list of awards and honors is even more impressive – he famously proclaimed himself “King of the World” after winning the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director at the 1998 Academy Awards. The film won 9 other technical awards – and with its 11 overall wins, James’ epic historical drama was historically tied with 1959’s Ben Hur and 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for most Oscar wins of all time.
On his way to greatness he was married no less than 5 times. He met his now-wife, actress Suzy Amis, on the set of the film, directed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, but she’s not the first actress he’s married to. As James celebrates multiple 2023 Oscar nominations for Avatar: The Way Of Water, here’s what you need to know behind the scenes about the women James loved in his life.
Suzy Amis and James Cameron (Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)
James met Oklahoma native Suzy, now 61, on the set of Titanic in the mid 1990s when she was playing Rose’s granddaughter Lizzy Calvert in the film’s contemporary portions. But their relationship was to last for a few more years – James married Terminator star Linda Hamilton in 1997 and divorced her two years later amid speculation he was already in a relationship with the Titanic actress. Suzy and James eventually married in 2000 and have since welcomed daughters Claire and Elizabeth and son James Quinn (known as Quinn Cameron).
The outspoken vegan, climate activist and former Ford model was previously married to Sam Robards, the actor son of Jason Robards and screen legend Lauren Bacall. James once said that being attracted to “strong, independent” women hadn’t worked for him before.
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“Being attracted to strong independent women has the downside that they are strong independent women — they don’t naturally need you,” James said, per PEOPLE in December 2022. “Thankfully, I’m now married to a strong independent woman who thinks she needs me.”
Linda starred in Cameron-directed “Terminator” in 1984 (BEI/Shutterstock)
James introduced Linda in the 1984 film The Terminator and 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day. They moved in together in 1991 and welcomed a daughter, Josephine Archer Cameron, in 1993. They married in 1997, only to have it fall apart when James seemed to move on with Suzy — though Linda famously walked away from the union with a $50 million settlement.
In 2019, the former couple teamed up for Terminator: Dark Fate (James produced, Linda returned as Sarah Connor). “This relationship has been a mystery to all of us — even Jim and I — because we’re terribly unequal,” she told the New York Times in a 2019 interview. “I used to say we fit together like a jigsaw puzzle: wherever he’s convex, I’m concave.” But she also had a theory as to why he was attracted to her.
“I think what happened there is that he really fell in love with Sarah Connor,” she told the newspaper. “And me too.”
Kathryn Bigelow memorably spanked her ex-husband when her film The Hurt Locker won Best Picture and Best Director at the 2010 Oscars. (Matt Sayles/AP/Shutterstock)
What’s an Oscar-winning director without… another Oscar-winning director for a woman? James was married to acclaimed The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow from 1989-1991. She was the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director for the former, receiving the monumental, historic honor in 2010. And she went head-to-head with her ex-husband, who was nominated for Avatar and Best Picture in the same category. He lost both to her.
On the big night, he pantomimed her to death and then hugged her. But he couldn’t resist suggesting a small “improvement” to their somber masterpiece. “I believe [The Hurt Locker] would have been better in 3D,” he told Entertainment Weekly in a 2010 print interview, per Collider. “Absolutely. It wouldn’t have been much better in 3D, but I’m talking about a future where you don’t have to write ‘in 3D’ on the movie poster anymore, just like you don’t have to write ‘in colour’ on posters anymore.”
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James and Gale Anne Hurd (Michael Germana/Everett Collection)
It’s no surprise that James would also be drawn to a prolific and powerful producer. Gale Anne Hurd was the producer and writer of 1984’s The Terminator and executive producer of 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. However, she was only married to James from 1985-1989. She was a close collaborator on many of his films, including Aliens and The Abyss.
After her divorce from James, she married Mission: Impossible director Brian De Palma from 1991 to 1993 and welcomed daughter Lolita de Palma in 1991. She then married screenwriter and director Jonathan Hensleigh in 1995.
James was married to his first wife, Sharon Williams, from 1978 to 1984. Very little is known about Sharon and his first marriage, although it’s worth noting that it would last six years – three times longer than his marriages to Gale, Kathryn and Linda, each of which only lasted two years with the director. She is reportedly a former actress.
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