I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Gary Oldman has probably done some highly questionable shit in the past. If his terrible defense of Mel Gibson from a while back is any indication, he’s probably got more skeletons in his closet than a hoarding chiropractor. Gary has been winning awards everywhere for Darkest Hour, and since we’re in the era of #MeToo, people have brought up his dark past, like when his third wife (now third ex-wife) accused him of domestic abuse. So Gary’s third ex-wife, Donya Fiorentino, has come out to tell The Daily Mail about how the four years she was married to him were the worst 4 years of her life.
In conjunction with court documents from 2001 that were filed shortly after their divorce, Donya’s interview paints a picture of Gary as an off-the-rails alcoholic who once beat her in the face with a telephone receiver while she held their infant son. There were a lot of drugs and hookers too (Gary, now 15 years sober admits this much). Donya was no slouch either when it came to pills, booze and bad decisions but it sounds like she at least kept her hands to herself.
Just to set the scene of how they met, Donya had been previously married to David Fincher with whom she has one child. Donya, a former model, also used to date Andrew Ridgeley of Wham!! Gary, who had a 1991 drunk driving arrest alongside Kiefer Sutherland, had been previously been married to Lesley Manville (who is also up for an Oscar this year for Phantom Thread) and Uma Thurman. Gary had recently broken up with his girlfriend Isabella Rossellini when Donya “caught Oldman’s eye across the room at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Hollywood in 1996”. She was 3 months sober, he was “a newcomer”. So classic boy meet girl, what could go wrong?! Donya said:
‘I had never met someone so fragile, so emotionally vulnerable. He was charming and I thought I could fix him.
Like I said, what could go wrong? Donya says Gary invited her to dinner at The Ivy in Hollywood and during that first date he told her he wanted to put a boy baby in her and wanted to call the kid “Gulliver” after a character in his favorite book The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary. Maybe Donya is color blind and sees green flags when they are actually RED RED RED.
The two married just a few months later and she was already pregnant with Gulliver. Donya says that Gary was in a career lull and would become “deeply depressed” whenever Oscar season rolled around and he got left out in the cold. During that time they had another son, this time named after another of Gary’s favorite literary characters, Charlie Bucket. It was little Charlie who Donya claims she was holding when Gary came at her with the telephone receiver. Per the 2001 legal docs:
‘I tried to dial 911,’ the papers say. ‘Gary grabbed the receiver from my hand and hit me in the face with it three or four times.’ They continue: ‘Gary told me there had been times when he’d spent over $18,000 in a weekend at hotels in New York, drinking several bottles of vodka, whisky and wine per day, paying for prostitutes, his hotel room and drugs.’
Damn, that’s some party! I’m surprised Gary isn’t already dead. Maybe he was self-embalming to get into character as Dracula. Ultimately the two divorced. Gary denied that he attacked Donya. Gary got custody of the kids, as Donya had her own issues with substance abuse. She says that Gary still wouldn’t let her see the kids after she got clean. She was estranged from them for a long time, but recently started to text with Gulliver. Hard to say if this interview will have any effect on Gary’s career or Oscar chances. But this story does make me wonder if maybe we should all be playing 6-degrees of Uma instead of Bacon.