About 66 percent of Australian women are looking for a certain someone in their life to pull them aside and ask a big question -- but it's not a marriage proposal they want.

It's a promotion.

A new survey by Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in connection with the DVD release of "The Five Year Engagement" found that two-thirds of Australian women would prefer a promotion to a marriage proposal, according to 9 News in Australia.

In fact, the survey found that women prefer a lot of things over a marriage proposal, a wedding and a husband, including financial savviness and a trip overseas. About 39 percent of men and women said that marriage would slow down their careers, and 61 percent of the 1,054 people surveyed said they'd favor a long engagement.

The Australians may be onto something. A 2008 study by Boston University found that career-minded wives actually helped marriages. The study found that households with two equal incomes are negatively correlated with divorce.

While many folks down under think marriage would halt their careers, some celebrities have seen their careers boosted after tying the knot. Click through the slideshow below to see who's career skyrocketed after getting hitched.

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  • Kyra Sedgwick

    Before actress <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/kyra-sedgwick-23218" target="_hplink">Kyra Sedgwick married husband Kevin Bacon</a> in 1988, she'd had a quite a few minor roles in TV shows and movies. But after tying the knot, she landed bigger roles, like playing Tom Cruise's character's girlfriend in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001718/" target="_hplink">"Born on the Fourth of July" in 1989.</a> She really hit the big time in 2005 when she scored the lead role in the TV series "The Closer," which aired its final episode this year.

  • Jay Leno

    Funnyman Jay Leno saw his career take off in the mid 1980s after marrying wife Mavis Nicholson (now Leno) in 1980. His <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/jay-leno-9542191" target="_hplink">first appearance on "The Tonight Show" was in 1977</a>, but he mostly worked as a writer for the TV show "Good Times." After his "I dos," Leno hosted his first TV special and secured a deal as a regular host on "The Tonight Show," which lead to his take over as the main host of the program when Johnny Carson retired from the position in 1992.

  • Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep's acting career started on the Broadway stage in the 1960s but transitioned to movies with her significant role as Anne Marie in 1977's "Julia." But her real <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/meryl-streep-9497266" target="_hplink">success came after marrying Don Gummer in 1978</a> -- <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000658/" target="_hplink">she starred in "The Deer Hunter" with acting greats Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken</a> and grabbed her first Oscar nom. The year after her marriage, she picked up her first golden statue for Best Supporting Actress in "Kramer vs. Kramer," and just a few years later, in 1982, she won her second Oscar -- this time for Best Actress -- in the World War II drama "Sophie's Choice."

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker definitely had her fair share of success before <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/sarah-jessica-parker-9542042?page=2" target="_hplink">saying "I do" to hubby Matthew Broderick</a> in 1997. She had a supporting role in the classic film "Footloose," and in the 90s she acted alongside <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000572/" target="_hplink">Steve Martin in "L.A. Story" and Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood"</a>. But it wasn't until a year after her wedding that she got the role that would define her career: sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw on HBO's "Sex and the City."

  • Kate Hudson

    Kate Hudson landed her first big role just before <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/kate-hudson-9542391" target="_hplink">marrying her now ex-husband Chris Robinson in 2000</a>. She snagged the female lead in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005028/" target="_hplink">starred alongside a stellar cast, including Billy Crudup, Philip Seymore Hoffman, Frances McDormand and Zooey Deschanel</a>. She married Robinson when she was just 21 in December of that year, and though her marriage didn't last, her career has. She's had numerous big-budget roles since, including "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days," "Bride Wars," and "Something Borrowed."

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