Many great men, such as celebrities, have wowed the public with their talents. But, do not forget “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” These are those great women behind the famous men that you may have forgotten.
Robert Redford – Lola Van Wagenen
When Robert Redford was 20-years-old, he met the 17-year-old college student from Utah, Lola Van Wagenen. They got married in 1958 in a secret ceremony. However, they had a public ceremony a few months after. Their first son, Scott, was born in 1959 but died 2.5 months after birth from SIDS. Redford said, “That creates a scar that probably never completely heals.” They had three more children after Shauna Jean, David James “Jamie,” and Amy Hart. The two divorced in 1985, but they still remain close.
John Travolta – Kelly Preston
John Travolta and Kelly Preston met on the set of the 1989 film “The Experts.” They got married in Paris, on September 5, 1991. However, because their marriage was performed by a French Scientology minister, the wedding was considered invalid. They had a second ceremony on September 12, in Florida. Together they had three children: Jett, Ella Bleu, and Benjamin. Unfortunately, Jett died while the family was on vacation in 2009. The couple founded the Jett Travolta Foundation, a non-profit which helps children with special needs.
Jack Nicholson – Sandra Knight
Jack Nicholson married actress Sandra Knight in 1962. Their daughter was born in 1963. Sadly, after six years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1968. Knight recently told Closer magazine “The real Jack is a loving, caring, giving person. We had a very beautiful, sweet marriage.” The magazine also reached out to the author of “Nicholson: A Biography,” Marc Elliot. Elliot said for Jack, “Marriage was a hot stove. He touched it, got burned and never did it again.”
Michael Caine – Shakira Baksh
Michael Caine was one day watching TV when he instantly fell in love with a girl on a commercial. The girl was Shakira Baksh. One of his friends was able to make the initial connection, and they hit it off. They married in 1973 and had one daughter together: Natasha Haleema. In 2017, they celebrated their 44 year anniversary. Caine has been quoted as saying the key to a successful marriage is two bathrooms.
Robert De Niro – Diahnne Abbott
Robert De Niro and his current wife Grace Hightower have been married since 1997. But, he was first married to actress Diahnne Abbot. Both Abbot and DeNiro appeared in the film Taxi Driver. They got married in 1976 and were together for 12 years. Before their divorce in 1988, they had two children together: Drena and Raphael. Abbott has stayed out of the public eye since the early 2000s. However, De Niro remains one of Hollywood’s hottest actors.
Gene Hackman – Betsy Arakawa
Before Gene Hackman met Betsy Arakawa, he had been previously married to Faye Maltese for 30 years. Gene met Betsy when the classical pianist was working part-time in a California fitness center. They got married in 1991 and are still happily married and living in New Mexico. The two look exactly the same as when they first got married.
Sean Penn – Madonna
This is definitely a celeb marriage that people have forgotten about. But the queen of pop, Madonna, was once married to actor Sean Penn. The two met in February 1985, and they got married in August, of the same year. Madonna filed for divorce at the end on 1987 but later withdrew the papers, only to file them again in January 1989. Penn married Robin Wright in 1996. Unfortunately, they also got divorced (in 2010). Madonna married Guy Richie in 2000, but also sadly, divorced in 2008.
Harrison Ford – Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart met in a way only celebrities could, at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards. They got married eight years later and adopted their son Liam in 2011. Ford had been previously married to Mary Marquad and Melissa Mathison. However, it seems third time is a charm because Ford and Flockhart are still going strong.
Johnny Depp – Lori Anne Allison
Johnny Depp’s love life has recently become one of the media’s hottest topics. Depp’s most recent wife, Amber Heard, left him after filing domestic abuse charges against him. Depp was previously married to Lori Anne Allison, from 1983-1985. Lori came to Depp’s defense on the matter and told media he never laid a hand on her, and he is a “soft person.”
Michael Jordan – Juanita Vanoy
Basketball star, Michael Jordan, was married to Juanita for 17-years before the couple amicably split. For the divorce settlement, Michael gave Juanita $168 million, a 7-acre property in Chicago, and she also received custody of all 3 of their kids. In 2013, Michael married his longtime girlfriend, and they had twin daughters, in 2014. Vanoy never remarried.
Matt Lauer – Annette Roque
Former TV reporter Matt Lauer and Annette Roque married in 1998. They have three children together. Unfortunately, they have recently hit hard times, after allegations of Lauer’s past arose. As of January 2018, the two are not officially divorced. However, it looks like their relationship is headed that direction as Anette recently kicked Lauer out of their Hamptons home. Roque had previously filed for divorce from Lauer in 2006 but later withdrew the filing.
Anthony Hopkins – Jennifer Leyton
Anthony Hopkins has been married twice. He was first married to Petronella Barker. Barker and Hopkins were married for seven years before the divorced in 1966. However, it seemed his love life luck had changed when he married Jennifer Leyton in 1973. Sadly, after 29 years of marriage, the pair divorced in 2002. Leyton still lives in the U.K. while Hopkins moved back to L.A. to continue his acting career.
Michael J. Fox – Tracy Pollan
Michael J. Fox met his future wife Tracy Pollan on the set of Family Ties. Tracy played Fox’s on-screen girlfriend, which eventually turned into a real life relationship. After reconnecting on the set of Bright Lights, Big City they decided to officially become a couple. They got married in 1988. Tracy remains steadfast by Fox’s side, despite his intense battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Bruce Willis – Demi Moore
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore met at the premier of Stakeout. The connection was almost instant, and they got married in 1987. Together they have three daughters: Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout. This Hollywood love story ended in divorce after close to 10 years of marriage. However, they amicably split and still remain friends. Bruce is currently married to Emma Hemming. Demi Moore married Ashton Kutcher. However, they divorced in 2013.
Dennis Quaid – Meg Ryan
Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan were at the beginning of their blossoming careers when they met on the set of D.O.A. They had so many similarities it was easy for them to connect. They got married in 1991 but divorced after ten years of marriage. The divorce did not hurt either of their careers, and both went on to do amazing work. Quaid got remarried in 2004, but his wife filed for divorce in 2016. Ryan never remarried.
Pierce Brosnan – Keely Shaye Smith
Pierce Brosnan’s first wife, Cassandra Harris, tragically passed from ovarian cancer. However, after meeting journalist Keely Shaye Smith, he knew he had found happiness again. Keely and Pierce got married in 2001. They have two sons together: Paris and Dylan. Pierce and Keely are still very happy, and Pierce is very affectionate to Keely in the public eye. They are just as much in love as they were on their wedding day.
Kevin Costner – Cindy Silva
Kevin Costner met Cindy Silva when they were both studying at Cal State Fullerton. After three years of dating, they got married in 1978. They have three children: Anne, Lily (pictured below with Cindy), and Joseph. But, this romance was not meant to be, and they pair split after 16 years of marriage in 1994. Since then Costner’s career skyrocketed with roles in films such as The Bodyguard, Dances with Wolves, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Cindy remains out of the limelight only appearing every so often out with her daughters.
Mark Hamill – Marilou York
The force is strong with Mark Hamill and his first and only wife, Marilou York. York, a dental hygienist, and Hamill, famed Star Wars actor, got married in 1978. They have three children together: Nathan, Griffin, and Elizabeth. They are still together and will soon be approaching their 39th year anniversary. Mark recently reentered Star Wars fame after reprising his role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, Marilou likes to stay behind the camera and out of the spotlight.
Sylvester Stallone – Brigitte Nielson
Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielson seemed like the perfect couple. At the time of their marriage, Stallone was on top of the world with “Rocky” fame, and Nielson was taking over the modeling industry. However, this match was not one Rocky could win. They got divorced two years later. Nielson has been quoted as saying “The biggest misconception while I was with Sylvester, was the fact that everybody thought I married him because of money. They didn’t understand that he begged me to marry. He begged me!” They have both been remarried multiple times such their divorce.
Michael York – Patricia McCallum
Photographer Patricia McCallum was given the assignment to photograph actor Michael York. After the assignment was completed, she left with more than just a photograph. Soon after the two became a couple and married in 1968. They never had children. However, Patricia has a son from a previous marriage. Quickly approaching 50 years, they are still happily married.
Ben Stiller – Christine Taylor
Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor met while working on the film Heat Vision and Jack. The connection was instant, and they got married in 2000. They went on to appear in multiple films together such as Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Zoolander, Zoolander 2, and Tropic Thunder. They have two children together: Ella Olivia Stiller and Quinlin Dempsey Stiller. Unfortunately, after 17 years of marriage, Stiller and Taylor announced to the public they would be getting a divorce. The split was amicable and remain cordial for their children.
Alfonso Ribeiro – Robin Stapler
No one could forget goofy cousin Carlton, played by Alfonso Ribeiro, dancing through the ’90s on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It wasn’t until after the show wrapped that Alfonso met his first wife, Robin Stapler. They met while filming In the House. They got married in 2002 and their daughter, Sienna, was born the following year. The couple divorced in 2006 citing irreconcilable differences. Ribeiro got remarried to Angela Unkrich in July 2012.
Paul Newman – Joanne Woodward
When Paul Newman first met Joanna Woodward, on the set of The Long Hot Summer, he was married to Jackie Witte. Once Paul and Jackie divorced in 1958, he did not wait long until he kindled a romance with Joanne. They married the same year and remained together until his death in 2008. They were married for 50 years! Joanne once told her secret to a long and happy marriage “Paul and I were good friends before we were lovers. We could talk to each other; we could talk to each other about anything without fear of ridicule or rejection. There was trust.”
Howard Stern – Beth Ostrosky
Best known for his obscene banter on the radio, Howard Stern proposed to his girlfriend of 7 years, Beth Ostrosky, live on his radio show, on Valentine’s Day in 2007. She accepted, and they got married in October 2008, in NYC. This was Stern’s second marriage and Beth’s first. They do not have any children. However, they do have multiple cats and do lots of volunteering in order to find cats furever homes.
Dustin Hoffman – Lisa Hoffman
Dustin and Lisa Hoffman’s love story is certainly an interesting one. Dustin’s mother and Lisa’s grandmother were friends. When Lisa was 10-years-old, and Dustin was 27-years-old, they began a platonic relationship. However, Lisa admits to press she fell in love with Dustin at a very early age. They remained close, and they married when Lisa was 22-years-old. They are still together and happily raising four children.
Michael Douglas – Diandra Luker
Actor Michael Douglas married the daughter of an Austrian diplomat, Diandra Luker, in 1977. Their son, Cameron, was born a year later. After 23 years of marriage, the couple split in 1995. Douglas admitted to The Mirror that it should have ended even earlier. He said “I know I’m going to get into trouble here. I have nothing against her, and in fact, I’m very fond of my first wife. But we should have ended that marriage eight or 10 years earlier.”
Sean Connery – Micheline Roquebrune
Although there have been many “James Bonds,” the most famous and many people’s favorite was actor Sean Connery. Women swooned over him and wondered who would be the lucky girl to sweep him off his feet. That girl turned out to be Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune. They met at a golf tournament in Morocco and got married at a private wedding in 1975. They never had any children together. However, they both had children from previous marriages. They are still happily married.
Bruce Springsteen – Julianne Phillips
Actress Julianne Phillips may be best remembered for her portrayal of Frankie Reed, on Sisters. But, her second big break was when she met singer, Bruce Springsteen. They got married in 1985, but unfortunately divorced only four years later. You can hear about the couple’s struggle through Bruce’s lyrics on his “Tunnel of Love” album. Phillips never remarried, and Springsteen married Patti Scialfa in 1991.
Richard Gere – Cindy Crawford
Although he was 17 years her senior, supermodel Cindy Crawford began dating actor Richard Gere. They married in 1991. At the time of their wedding, she was 25-years-old, and he was 42-years-old. This did not seem like an issue. However, the couple divorced in 1995, and Crawford later admitted that the age gap is what lead to the marriage’s demise. Crawford is currently married to Rande Gerber, and Gere is recently divorced from Carey Lowell.
Jeff Goldblum – Geena Davis
Actors Genna Davis and Jeff Goldblum have worked in multiple movies together, as film producers see their on-screen chemistry is amazing. Therefore, it may be no surprise, which their off-screen chemistry was also rather hot. They got married in 1987, but the spark did not last and divorced in 1990. Goldblum is now married to Emilie Livingston, and Davis is married to Dr. Reza Jarrahy.
Robert Downey Jr. – Deborah Falconer
Robert Downey Jr. has been portrayed in the media as sometimes making quick and rash decisions. One of those decisions may have been to marry Deborah Falconer. After only dating for 42 days, they two wed in 1992. It seemed that this rash decision may have been better thought out than many expected, as the couple remained strong for a long time. Sadly, after 12 years of marriage, they divorced in 2004. Downey is now married to Susan Levin, and Deborah never remarried.
Clint Eastwood – Maggie Johnson
A young Clint Eastwood met Maggie Johnson on a blind date in 1953. They had an instant connection and were married six months later. They have two children together: Kyle and Alison. Unfortunately, Clint was not loyal and had multiple affairs. Their divorce was finalized in November 1978, and Johnson received $25 million in the settlement. Eastwood married Dina Ruiz in 1996 but divorced in 2014.
Elvis Presley – Priscilla Presley
Priscilla and Elvis met while Elvis was deployed in Germany during his U.S. military service. After his return to the U.S., Priscilla and Elvis stayed in touch. Following much convincing of her parents, Priscilla moved to Graceland in 1963, and they got married in 1967. Their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968. The couple separated in 1972, and Elvis passed a few years later. However, even after divorce, the couple remained close.
Johnny Depp – Amber Heard
Johnny Depp’s and Amber Heard’s marriage is one that has recently been plastered all over the media. Depp and Heard got married in 2015, but Heard filed for divorce in 2016, after filing domestic abuse charges. A prenup was not signed before the marriage and Depp was ordered to pay Heard a settlement of $7 million. Police are still investigating the domestic abuse charges.
Dylan McDermott – Maggie Q
Actors Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q met on the set of the TV series Stalker. The two got engaged, in 2015, and are currently making their wedding plans. Dylan was previously married to Shiva Rose, and this will be Maggie’s first marriage. Dylan also has two children from his previous marriage: Colette and Charlotte. Both Dylan and Maggie have roles in films that are set to be released soon.
Mel Gibson – Robyn Moore
Robyn Moore fell in love with Mel Gibson before he became a big shot Hollywood actor. It was very early in his career when he met the dental nurse. They got married in 1980 and remained a couple for 26 years. Together they had seven children, six boys, and one girl. After their divorce in 2011, Moore received half of Gibson’s estate. Gibson never remarried but has been dating Rosalind Ross since 2014.
Burt Reynolds – Loni Anderson
At the time of their marriage in 1988, Burt Reynold and Loni Anderson became one of Hollywood’s most glamorous couples. Unfortunately, what is shown on the outside, isn’t always the case on the inside. They split in 1993 and have had one of the longest divorce proceedings in Hollywood. It wasn’t until 22 years after the divorce that Reynolds finished paying Loni the settlement money he owed her. In his memoir, he says his marriage to Loni was “a really dumb move.”
Jim Carrey – Lauren Holly
Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly met during the audition process of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Although Holly did not get the part, she and Carrey remained close friends. Their friendship went to the next level on the set of Dumb and Dumber. In 1994, they annouced to the public they were dating, and they wed in 1996. Unfortunately, due to “irreconcilable differences,” the couple was divorced nine months later. Carrey never remarried.
Eric Decker – Jessie James
After meeting through a mutual friend, country-pop singer, Jessie James, and professional football player, Eric Decker, got married in 2013. That same year they had a reality show on E! titled “Eric and Jessie: Game On!” They have two children together: Vivianne and Eric. Eric had a rough season in 2016, only playing three games until he was injured. But, Jessie had a rather successful year after traveling on her “Lights Down Low” tour.
Gene Simmons – Shannon Tweed
Co-lead singer and bass guitarist of Kiss, Gene Simmons, had been dating former model Shannon Tweed for over 20 years before he decided to pop the question. After having two children together, they got married in 2011. Since they had been together so long before their marriage, we are sure this one is going to last a lifetime.
Ed O’Neill – Catherine Rusoff
Ed O’Neill is a famous American TV actor who may be best known for his performances on shows such “Married with Children” and “Modern Family.” Before he began filming “Married With Children” O’Neill married Catherine Rusoff, in 1986. Catherine even appeared on two episodes of the show, alongside her husband. Ed and Catherine separated in 1989 but were able to reconcile in 1993. They live together with their two daughters, Sophia and Clair, in Los Angeles.
Denzel Washington – Pauletta Washington
Denzel and Pauletta met on the filming of the TV movie “Wilma,” in 1977. They got married five years later and now have four children. After being married for 34 years, Denzel can give advice on marriage. He said “I just think that you have to work at it. Not give up on each other. It’s a commitment. It’s not all the honeymoon, it doesn’t last forever, so you work at it. And hopefully you’re good friends first, that might help!”
Jeff Bridges – Susan Geston
Jeff Bridges met Susan Geston while he was filming Rancho Deluxe. The movie was being filmed on a dude ranch where Susan was working. It was love at first sight for Jeff, and he asked her out. She originally rejected him. However, after seeing each other at a party, and spending most of the night together on the dance floor, Susan gave into Jeff’s charm. Two months later, Susan moved in with Jeff in L.A. After three years of dating, and an ultimatum from Susan, Jeff and Susan got married in 1977 and are still together.
Michael Jackson – Debbie Rowe
Michael Jackson was married twice before his death. His first wife was Lisa Marie Presley. However, his second wife, Debbie Rowe is a little less memorable. Rowe and Jackson met when he was still married to Presley. But when the two divorced in 1996, Jackson quickly began his romance with Rowe. They were married the same year. They had two children together: Michael Jr. and Paris. They split the same year Paris (pictured below with Debbie) was born, in 1998.
Kobe Bryan –Vanessa Laine Bryant
Just a teenager, Vanessa Urbieta was performing as an extra in a music video, when she happened to met Kobe Bryant. He was in the same building as the shoot, and there was an instant connection. They got engaged when Vanessa was still a senior in high school, and they got married the following year, in 2001. Despite all the legal issues and infidelity allegations over the years, Vanessa has remained by her husband’s side. Together, they have three children: Natalia, Gianna, and Bianka.
Montel Williams – Grace Morley
Montel Williams is best known as the host of the daytime talk show “The Montel Williams Show.” Williams has been married three times. His second wife was the burlesque dancer, Grace Morley. Morley and Williams got married in 1992 and had two children together. Unfortunately, the couple got divorced in 2000. Morley never remarried, and Montel is now married to Tara Fowler.
Larry The Cable Guy – Cara Whitney
Born Daniel Whitney, Larry the Cable Guy made his way from small time radio funny guy to nationally syndicated stand-up comedian. After seeing little success early on in his career, he created the persona of the stereotypical redneck of Larry the Cable Guy. He has also had success in his love life. He married his wife Cara in 2005. They have two children and are still happily laughing their way through life together.
Tom Cruise – Mimi Rogers
Tom Cruise is one actor whose love life is always highly publicized. He was married to Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. But many forget his first wife was actress Mimi Rogers. Rogers and Cruise got married in 1987 but divorced in 1990. Cruise has become one of the Church of Scientology’s most prominent members. This is actually due to Rogers, who introduced Cruise to the church. However, Rogers is no longer practicing Scientology.
Eddie Murphy – Nicole Mitchell Murphy
Actor Eddie Murphy and model Nicole Mitchell met at the 1988 NAACP Image Awards show. After a few years of dating, they got married in New York City in 1993. They had five children together before they split in 2006 due to “irreconcilable differences.” Neither Murphy or Mitchell got remarried. However, they have both been romantically linked to various people.
George Clooney – Talia Balsam
George Clooney has long been considered one of the most handsome actors in Hollywood. Therefore, women everywhere wept when he married Amal Alamuddin, in 2014. However, many forget he was previously married to actress Talia Balsam. They got married in Vegas in 1989 but divorced in 1993. Clooney told Vanity Fair “I just don’t feel like I gave Talia a fair shot.” Balsam is now married to actor John Slattery.
Steve Harvey – Mary Vaughn
Steve Harvey has been married multiple times. He married his second wife Mary Lee Vaughn in 1996. The couple, unfortunately, had a very rocky relationship and got divorced in 2005. Steve was given full custody of their son, Wynton. Although separated, Mary Lee and Steve are still involved – in the courts that is. Steve sued Mary after she released a YouTube video with false allegations in 2011. In 2017, ET reported that Mary was suing Steve for $60 million for “prolonged torture with the infliction of severe mental pain and suffering.”
Tiger Woods – Lindsey Vonn
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are two of the most decorated athletes in the sports world. Therefore, when they began dating in 2013, many people believed this was a perfect match. Unfortunately, the two never tied the knot and they split in 2015. In 2016, Vonn released a book title “Strong is the New Beautiful.” In her book, she discusses her relationship with Tiger. “It was essentially being in a fishbowl,” she wrote. “Everyone’s looking at you and judging you and commenting on what they think is right or wrong.”
Jase Robertson – Missy Robertson
Jase Robertson and Missy got married in 1990. In 2012, they became superstars once the reality show Duck Dynasty premiered. The show, which was broadcasted on A&E, followed the lives of Jase and his family. The Robertsons became millionaires through their duck calling mechanism called the Duck Commander. The show went off the air in March 2017. Jase and Missy are still happily married and live with the three children.
Sam Elliott – Katharine Ross
Actors Sam Elliot and Katharine Ross both appeared in the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” however, they did not meet until 1978. The met on the set of “The Legacy,” a film in which they co-starred. The chemistry was strong on camera that it relayed into real life. They got married in 1984 and their only child, Cleo Rose Elliott, was born the same year. They are still happily married and still look great!
Steven Seagal – Kelly LeBrock
Steven Seagal and Kelly LeBrock met while he was still married to actress Adrienne La Russa. LeBrock and Seagal instantly had a connection and despite his marriage, began a relationship. During the affair, LeBrock got pregnant, which led to the annulment of Seagal’s and La Russa’s marriage. LeBrock and Seagal got married in 1987. LeBrock filed for divorce in 1994 citing “irreconcilable differences.” But, it was discovered that Seagal was actually having an affair with the family’s nanny. They both are now happily married to other people.
Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman – Beth Smith
Duane “Dog” Chapman became one of the most famous bounty hunters in the world, after tracking down the heir to the Max Factor cosmetics, Andrew Luster, who was also a fugitive rapist. After receiving some much media attention, he was approached to have a reality show. The show titled Dog the Bounty Hunter began airing in 2004. The show followed his “hunting” activities as well as his daily life. Therefore, the show also featured his 5th and current wife Alice “Beth” Elizabeth Smith, who he married in 2006. The couple had a spin-off show Dog and Beth: On the Hunt from 2012-2015. They are still happily married.
Will Smith – Sheree Zampino
Before Jada Pinkett, Will Smith was married to Sheree Zampino. Sheree and Will were married from 1992-1995. After the divorce, Sheree told media it was because she was “unhappy.” In 2016, Alexis Arquette claimed Sheree found Will in bed with another man, Sheree quickly came to Will’s defense. She denied those claims and shamed Alexis for the damage she had done to Sheree’s and Will’s respective families. Sheree married former pro-football player, Terrell Fletcher, in 2007. However, there are rumors that their marriage is on the rocks.
Tiger Woods – Elin Nordegren
Elin Nordegren is a former Swedish model and former wife to the champion golfer, Tiger Woods. Elin once worked as a nanny for golfer Jesper Pervenik and was introduced to Tiger at the 2001 U.S. Open. Elin and Tiger got engaged in 2003 and were married in 2004. In 2009, media released stories saying Tiger was cheating on his wife. Only a few days later after the story broke, Woods was seen crashing his car. The public later found out it was due to an argument with Elin about his infidelity. They got divorced in 2010, and she received a settlement of $100 million.