Is there an Oscar Best Actress curse? Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, 34, announced yesterday that she and husband, American Beauty director Sam Mendes, 44, are separating after six years of marriage. The couple released a joint statement saying, "the split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement," and that both Mendes and Winslet will commit to joint parenting of their children, Joe, 6, and Winslet’s daughter with ex-husband Jim Threapleton, Mia, 9. This was the second marriage for the Titanic star and Mendes’ first.

The thinks this is an alarming trend: Winslet, who won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader, is the latest of the Oscar winners to divorce their husband post-win. In 2001, Julia Roberts, who won for her Erin Brockovich performance, split with longtime beau Benjamin Bratt. Monster’s Ball Best Actress winner Halle Berry and singer Eric Benet separated in 2003 after two years together.

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