Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
List of Famous Women Who Married Older Men ranked by fame and popularity. It is quite common for women to marry older men, and several of Hollywood’s most famous actresses have done just that. Some famous women marry wealthy older men for security, while others marry for true love. One famous lady even married a man 63 years her senior.
Who is the most famous woman who married an older man? Katie Holmes tops our list. The “Dawson’s Creek” actress married Tom Cruise, after dating for about a year, on November 18, 2006, when she was 27 and he was 43. They divorced in 2012. This was Holmes’s only marriage. Cruise was previously married to Mimi Rogers from 1987–1990 and Nicole Kidman from 1990-2001. More recently, Holmes has been rumored to be dating “Ray” actor Jamie Foxx.
Anna Nicole Smith married J. Howard Marshall II on June 27, 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. They were together until his death in 1995. Smith was previously married to Billy Smith from 1985–1993. She later married Howard K. Stern in 2006 and they were together until her death a year later.
Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise, after dating for about a year, on November 18, 2006, when she was 27 and he was 43. They divorced in 2012. This was Holmes’s first marriage. Cruise was previously married to Mimi Rogers from 1987–1990 and Nicole Kidman from 1990-2001.
Holmes and Cruise had one child, Suri, and parented his children with Kidman, Isabella and Connor.
Calista Flockhart began dating Harrison Ford in 2002, when he was 60 and she was 38. They married on June 15, 2010. This is Flockhart’s first marriage, and Ford has been married twice before.
Alicia Vikander married Michael Fassbender in October 2017, when she was 29 and he was 41 years old. The couple began dating while filming The Light Between Oceans in late 2014.
Amy Yasbeck married her “Problem Child” co-star John Ritter on September 18, 1999, when she was 37 and he was 51. When they met at a read-through for “Problem Child,” Ritter joked that Yasbeck was too young to play his wife. They had a daughter, Stella, in 1999 and remained married until Ritter’s death in 2003.
Ritter was previously married to the actress Nancy Morgan from 1977 to 1996.
Nancy Kerrigan married Jerry Solomon on September 9, 1995, when she was 25 and he was 40. This is Kerrigan’s only marriage and Solomon’s third. The couple is still married and has 3 children together.
Milla Jovovich married Luc Besson in 1997 when she was 22 and he was 38. She was previously briefly married to Shawn Andrews, but the marriage was quickly annulled. Jovovich has been married to the director Paul W. S. Anderson since 2009.
Besson was married twice before Jovovich, and he has been married to Virginie Silla since 2004.
Mena Suvari married Richard Brinkmann on March 4, 2000, when she was 21 and he was 37. They divorced in 2005. Suvari was later married to Simone Sestito from 2010-2012.
Phoebe Cates married Kevin Kline in 1989, when she was 26 and he was 42. They originally met at a 1983 audition for “The Big Chill.” This the first & only marriage for both, and the couple has two children.
Shania Twain married Robert Lange on December 28, 1993, when she was 28 and he was 44. Though they had a son in 2001, the couple divorced in 2010 after Lange had an affair with Twain’s best friend. Twain went on to marry her former best-friend’s ex-husband, Frédéric Thiébaud, in 2011.
Paulina Porizkova married Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, on August 23, 1989, when she was 24 and he was 40. The two met while filming a music video, when the model was 19 and Ocasek was already married.
They have two children. In May 2018, the couple announced they had separated a year earlier.
” Big Brother” host Julie Chen married CBS CEO Les Moonves on December 23, 2004, when she was 34 and he was 54. The couple are still married today. This is the only marriage for Chen, but Moonves was still married to Nancy Wiesenfeld when he began dating Chen.
Model Stephanie Seymour married billionaire Peter Brant in July 1995, when she was 27 and he was 48. The couple are still married today and have 3 children together, born between 1993 and 2004. Seymour was previously married to Tommy Andrews, with whom she had a son, and she was in a very public and volatile relationship with Axl Rose in the early 90s.
Peter Brant was previously married from 1969-1995 to Sandra Simms, with whom he had 5 children.
Sophia Loren officially married film producer Carlo Ponti on April 9, 1966, when she was 32 and he was 54. They first met when the actress was 15 and Ponti was 37. Their first wedding was in 1957, but Ponti was still married to his first wife, Giuliana, at the time (as Italy did not recognize their divorce) – so the couple had to have their marriage annulled in 1962 lest they be charged with bigamy. Loren and Ponti have two children, born in 1968 and 1973.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford married her husband Frank Gifford in 1986 when she was 33 and he was 56. The couple are still married today and has two children, born 1990 and 1993. Kathie Lee was previously married to Paul Johnson from 1976–1983. Frank Gifford was previously married to Maxine Avis Ewart.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy married shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis on October 20, 1968, when she was 39 and he was 62. They remained married until his death in 1975. Jacqueline was previously married to John F. Kennedy from 1953 until his assassination in 1963. Aristotle Onassis was previously married to Athina Livanos from 1946-1960.
Lauren Bacall married Humphrey Bogart in 1945 when he was 45 and she was 20. They were married until the time of Bogart’s death in 1957. Bacall was his fourth wife, but the mother of his only two children, born in 1949 and 1952. After his death, Bacall was married to Jason Robards, Jr. from 1961 to 1969.
Catherine Zeta-Jones married Michael Douglas on November 18, 2000, when he was 56 and she was 31. They are still married today and they have two children together. The marriage is Zeta-Jones’s first and Douglas’s second.
Model Adrianne Curry married “Brady Bunch” actor Christopher Knight in 2006, when he was 47 and she was 24. The couple starred in their one reality show, “My Fair Brady,” from 2005-2008, and they divorced in 2012. The marriage was Curry’s first and Knight’s third