8 Famous Show-Biz Pairings Who Called It Quits

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“Abbot & Costello”

The comedy pair first worked together in 1935 at the Eltinge Burlesque Theater on 42nd Street in New York City. The serendipitous arrangement (Abbott jumped in after Costello’s regular partner got sick) led to radio gigs, a 36-film contract with Universal Studios and the legendary routine “Who’s on First?”, with Abbott playing the straight guy to Costello’s goofball character. They made millions together but reportedly feuded in 1945, after Abbott hired one of Costello’s former employees, whom he had allegedly fired. They continued to work during that time, but didn’t speak off camera. Then in 1957, amid reports of possible tax evasion, the two dissolved their longtime partnership.

 

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