Much is known about Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long career as a Hollywood executive as well as his relationship with designer Georgina Chapman, but the same can not be said about his first marriage. Eve Chilton was working as an assistant for Weinstein at Miramax back in 1986 when she caught her boss’ attention, and within a year the two were exchanging vows.
At that time there were no films with Oscar buzz or parties filled with A-list stars surrounding the couple, and Weinstein was far from the wealthy executive he would become one day.
Eve on the other hand was the well-off daughter of a prominent New England family who enjoyed summers on Martha’s Vineyard, meaning that it was Weinstein who appeared to be marrying above his rank.
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And for the next two decades, as the money started pouring in and the A-list stars piled on, Eve stood quietly by her husband’s side while giving birth to their three daughters: Lilly (22), Emma (19) and Ruth (14), who was born just two years before the couple split.
First wives club: Harvey Weinstein, 65, began dating Eve Chilton when she was working as his assistant at Miramax in 1986 with the pair marrying a year later (couple above in 1999 at the Academy Awards)
WASP: Eve (left with Renee Zellweger in 2002, right with Weistein in 2004) was a blueblood who spent her summers on Martha’s Vineyard, and her family ancestors include the first attorney general of the United States
Fresh start: Eve is now remarried to remarried Sal Martirano (above) and lives with her three daughters and his two sons in the suburbs of New York
The couple’s union came crashing down in 2004 however, and they soon went on their separate ways after agreeing to the terms of their divorce,.
In Weinstein’s case that was into the arms of the two-decades younger British-born designer Chapman, with whom he now has a daughter India, 7, and 4-year-old son Dashell.
In the case of Eve it was to towards a more peaceful existence in the suburbs, where she remarried Sal Martirano.
The couple quickly combined their families as well, with Eve’s new husband having two sons from his previous relationship that were roughly the same age as her daughters.
Photos of the pair on Facebook show the mother-of-three beaming alongside her new beau.
Taking it to the streets: Weinstein out in NYC on Friday (above)
That was not always the case during her time with Weinstein, with Eve usually seen trailing him on a red carpet or sitting silently beside her husband as he shook hands and schmoozed with whenever he got the chance at events and openings.
And Eve was no fan of small talk or public spectacle according to those who interviewed her husband.
Among the many major profiles of Weinstein that ran over the years in publications such as Vanity Fair, New York, the New Yorker and The New York Times there was little to no mention of Eve and never a single comment from the wife of America’s most infamously temperamental film executive.
That was because Eve, unlike her husband, did not care to be a public person or offer up any private information about her family.
This approach was likely the result of her upbringing and her family’s ties to some of this nation’s most esteemed forefathers.
Her mother Maude was a descendant of Edmund Randolph, the first Attorney General of the United States, and her great-grandfather founded the nation’s first global law firm, Hunton and Williams.
Friends in high places: The couple had three daughters over the course of their 17 year marriage: Lilly (22), Emma (19) and Ruth (14)
Bed with a view: The two kept the details of their divorce settlement under wraps, but it was revealed that Eve gained possession of their 5,500 square-foot apartment at 88 Central Park West
Stairway to heaven: She eventually sold off the 5-bedroom, 6 ½ bath apartment for $23 million, before movie to Rye and marrying Martirano
Eve’s father Tom meanwhile was an investment adviser who worked with clients in the Boston area as well as on Nantucket and the Vineyard.
The family also belonged to a number of prestigious clubs, most notably The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
That is the all-but-impossible-to-join establishment that after three years of deliberating finally approved New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele for membership this past summer.
Eve headed to New York after college, and former Miramax employee Mark Lispky speaks about the relationship that blossomed between her and Weinstein as soon as she began working at the company in Peter Biskind’s 2004 book ‘Down and Dirty Pictures.’
Wife number two: Georgina Chapman was also seen stepping out on Friday in NYC
‘It seemed like not even a day [passed] before he was all over her,’ said Lipsky, who was head of distribution at the time.
‘For possibly a couple weeks or so there were a dozen roses on her desk when we walked in to work, to the point where we had to confront him and say: “You can’t do this, it’s an office not your personal, sexual playground.’
The pair were enamored however according to their fellow employees, who began calling the pair ‘Beauty and the Beast.’
They married in 1987, and Eve and her sister Maude soon became crucial test audience members for Weinstein, who managed to earn the ire of the women when he made them sit through ‘Reservoir Dogs.’
Eve is depicted as loving and devoted and selfless by all those who speak of her in the book, whether she was trying to get her husband to see a trainer, remodeling his office or avoiding the gossip and petty disputes her husband always found himself involved in.
Weinstein and Eve Chilton welcomed their first daughter Lily in 1995, followed by Emma in 1998 and in 2002 had Ruth.
Many of the sexual harassment incidents that were revealed in The New York Times expose occurred during these pregnancies or just after one of the three births.
Weinsten was also quarantined for two months at the turn of the century after coming down with a bacterial infection while on vacation in St Bart’s, never offering up more of an explanation at the insistence of Eve according to a 2002 New Yorker profile written by Ken Auletta.
In 2004 the divorce was finalized, but the two still attended events together as though they were a couple, showing up in November of that year for the 32nd Annual Promise Ball in New York City.
The two kept the details of their divorce settlement under wraps, but it was revealed that Eve gained possession of their 5,500 square-foot apartment at 88 Central Park West.
Eve Chilton eventually sold off the 5-bedroom, 6 ½ bath apartment for $23 million, before movie to Rye and marrying Martirano.
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