As Liz Puts the Arm on Husband No. 8, the World Wants to Know: Is Victor Victorious, or Is It Luna-Cy?

updated 08/29/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/29/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Last week's announcement that Liz Taylor would be marrying Husband No. 8—Victor Gonzalez Luna—raised serious questions. Like, Victor who? And, why Victor? The 56-year-old Mexican barrister lacks the fame of Richard Burton, the flair of Michael Todd, the larynx of Eddie Fisher, even the hairdo of John Warner. To sort myth from legend, PEOPLE'S celebrity-answer man Michael Ryan tackles some frequent questions about the puzzling marriage:

Is this marriage just a publicity gimmick to elicit public sympathy and support for a career ravaged by overexposure, overindulgence and overweight?

No. Victor Luna has had remarkably little press exposure, and though he is a trifle pudgy, his career is robust. He is a successful lawyer—specializing in setting up Mexican land trusts for American show-business types—and has been mentioned as a candidate for office in the administration of President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado.

Is his last name really Luna?

His proper surname is Gonzalez. American journalists just seem to think that Luna is funnier.

Will he have to convert?

No, but it certainly would simplify matters. Liz, born an Anglican in London in 1932, converted to Judaism before she married Fisher in 1959. Victor, a Roman Catholic with four children and a wife of 28 years whom he recently divorced, is ineligible to remarry under church laws. In any case, whoever solemnizes Liz's vow to remain married " 'til death us do part" will have to be a person of deep faith.

Does this marriage portend a shift in Central American policy?

Liz watchers will recall that last year she toured the Middle East to lend her weight to the effort to achieve lasting peace. The tour—with Victor tagging along for moral support—was only a moderate success, its good intentions vitiated when everyone from Menachem Begin to Amin Gemayel interrupted Liz's impassioned pleas for peace to ask for her autograph or compliment her on Cleopatra. Still, with Central America heating up, she may try again—especially since Bianca Jagger's efforts to bring peace to the region have stalled.

Will Victor have the time to send Christmas cards to all his new relatives?

Probably not. By marrying Liz Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner, he acquires six step-husbands (three deceased), four stepchildren, seven stepchildren once removed, a dozen or so steps-in-law and three or four step-grandchildren. Luna's own four kids—all grown—will be Liz's first set of Spanish steps.

Has Liz found happiness at last?


Where will the newlyweds live?

Victor has large houses in Guadalajara and Chula Vista. Liz has homes in Puerto Vallarta and Los Angeles, and a chalet in Gstaad. Therefore, according to semi-reliable reports, they have decided to set up housekeeping in rows one through seven of the Air France Concorde.

Why not Guadalajara ?

Too much excitement. The most spectacular social event of the year in Guadalajara happened eight months ago, when Liz competed in a local bridge tournament.

Why is this man smiling?

To judge from the photographs, Victor is deliriously happy. But his constant manic grin may be the first sign of an incurable disease known as Luna Madness. If so, Señor Luna can look forward to a chilling progression of symptoms. In most cases, Luna Madness moves from ecstasy through disillusionment, depression and—almost inevitably—divorce.

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