Everything To Know About Neil Diamond's Ex Wife Marcia Murphey

Neil Diamond's second ex-wife divorce with handsome settlement money

By Amanda Palmer
Everything To Know About Neil Diamond's Ex Wife Marcia Murphey

Neil Diamond in a nutshell

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Neil Leslie Diamond was born in 1941. He is a famous American singer, song-writer, musician and actor. To date, Diamond has had 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts. Diamond has even sold more than 10 million records worldwide earning him the status of being one of the best-selling musicians of all times. Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the year 1984 and also into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2011. 

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Diamond received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in the years 2000 and 2011; he was honored at Kennedy Center. The Recording Academy will honor him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. His songs mostly belong to the classic genre and on the list of Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Charts, he has had ten No. 1 singles including, "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desiree", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", and "Heartlight".

Neil Diamond would also receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award according to an announcement made in January 2018. Neil Diamond has married thrice in his life so far. In 1963, Diamond married his high school sweetheart, school teacher, Jaye Posner. He has two daughters with her, Marjorie and Elyn. They divorced in 1969. The same year he married his production assistant Marcia Murphey. Marcia Murphey and Diamond had two sons, Jesse and Micah. They were happily married for 25 years but unfortunately got divorced in 1995. Their divorce was not a very pleasant and a mutual decision and a lot of rumors had been spread regarding the settlement money. Diamond married for the third time to his manager, Katie McNeil.

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Seven months earlier, in 2011, in a message on Twitter, the 70-year-old Diamond had announced his engagement to the 41-year-old McNeil. The wedding was held in Los Angeles amongst close friends and relatives. Diamond said that his 2014 album 'Melody Road' was fueled by his relationship with McNeil, explaining: "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love. It's what you dream of as a creative person. I was able to complete this album – start it, write it and complete it – under the spell of love, and I think it shows somehow."

In addition to serving as Diamond's manager, McNeil produced the documentary 'Neil Diamond: Hot August Nights NYC'. Diamond, in 1996, was rumored to be in a live-in relationship with Australian Rae Farley after the two met in Brisbane, Australia.

His ex wife Marcia Murphey

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Marcia Murphey was a TV producer when she met her future husband Neil Diamond. Diamond was still married to his first wife, Jaye Posner when they first started dating. Murphey divorced Diamond after 25 years of their wedding citing irreconcilable differences. She walked away with half of Neil's earnings - a whopping $150 million as her divorce settlement. But Neil is not bitter about it and said that "she's worth every penny."

Marcia Murphey was happily married to Neil Diamond. They sold their home and promptly moved into their Malibu beach house up the road from the Peters/Streisand summer place. Marcia, an American Civil Liberties Union volunteer, had turned down a staff job "without regrets" to have their second child, Micah. During happy times, Neil used to credit her by saying, "keeping my sanity intact because she is saner than I am. None of my careers would have been the same without her." Marcia, in turn, used to find her husband "more confident and relaxed now as an artist. He's starting to mellow." More information about Marcia Murphey is not available currently. 

The unfortunate divorce

When Neil Diamond was questioned about his handing over of $150 million to his second ex-wife during his second divorce, he refused to say that only "businessmen and thieves" have fortunes that large. Their divorce settlement has been called one of the largest in history. Although Diamond never confirmed it himself, he did little to clear up the rumor too.

He said in an interview, "That's what the newspapers said but it wasn't true. Somebody made up a number which was totally untrue. I told my former wife, 'Honey, I wish it were true. I'd love to give that to you.' But musicians don't make that kind of money. Businessmen and thieves make that kind of money. Yes, there was guilt involved. We'd been married for 25 years and it was difficult." When he married for the third time, he said, "I don't want a fourth wife. I have the best woman in the world and I'm taking good care of our relationship. I'm making sure it's going to last forever."

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He is not interested in dating anyone else now. He does regret his earlier broken relationships. He said once, “I had every possible chance to do it right. Both are spectacular women. I felt if I couldn’t make something wonderful and lifelong happen with them, then maybe I wasn’t capable of it. But I’m throwing myself back in because I like being married. I don’t want to end this whole fabulous journey alone. I want someone by my side, who I love and who loves me. I’ve finally found somebody who’s up to the task of being my wife because I’m very …”—he pauses—“… high maintenance.”

Neil Diamond has four children, two children with his first ex-wife and the other two children with his second ex-wife. His net worth is estimated to be around $175 million. He has made this huge net worth through his long and successful career in music.

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Neil Diamond has his own official page on Instagram where he uploads his photos. One can check out his photos from his Twitter account too.

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