02/25/2013 11:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

12 Happy Hollywood Couples With Huge Age Gaps


Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness
Age Gap: 13 years

All hail Deborra-Lee Furness. The 57-year-old Australian isn’t just a famous actress Down Under -– she scored a foxy husband 13 years her junior. Of course, Hugh Jackman, 44, is more than a piece of meat. He’s a Broadway star, People’s 2008 Sexiest Man Alive, and a versatile actor, known for roles from X-Man Wolverine to Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables."

Of their 16-year marriage, he says, “I have a career, but Deb and my kids are who I live for.”

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Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart
Age Gap: 22 years

Indiana Jones and Ally McBeal? Sure, why not?

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart began dating in 2002 after he spilled a glass of wine on her dress. Famously laid-back, he wore jeans and she a sundress to their 2010 New Mexico wedding, and now, at ages 70 and 48, respectively, they are raising son Liam together.


Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
Age Gap: 25 years

Humphrey Bogart, 45, was on marriage No. 3 when he met 20-year-old Lauren Bacall on the set of 1945's "To Have and Have Not." Months later, she became the fourth Mrs. Bogart.

The pair had two children and made three films together over the years, until his 1957 death of esophageal cancer. And while Bogart wasn’t faithful, Bacall remained devoted: "He was my teacher, my husband, my friend. … He taught me how to live."


Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins
Age Gap: 12 years

Okay, so Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins split in 2009. But we can still celebrate their 20-year union, the gold standard for older-woman/younger-man Hollywood trysts.

The pair met in 1988 on the set of "Bull Durham," and though they never married - she was against it – news of their breakup affected many. “People were coming up to me in the street and saying 'I cried and cried when I heard,'" she said. "Well, I was sadder! I didn't think it would ever happen, either."


Clint Eastwood & Dina Ruiz-Eastwood
Age Gap: 35 years

The father of seven children by five women, Clint Eastwood, now 82, has never been known for fidelity. That’s why his 16-year marriage to Dina Ruiz-Eastwood is a bit of surprise - well, that and the 35-year age difference.

The secret to their longevity? “We’ve had a zero-resistance relationship--no drama,” says Ruiz-Eastwood, “We were naturally drawn to each other and have never broken up or had affairs.”


Jay-Z & Beyonce
Age Gap: 12 years

They might be music superstars worth almost a billion dollars together, but Jay-Z and Beyonce remain notoriously tight-lipped about their decade-long relationship, not to mention their 12-year age difference.

What we do know: Jay and B met in the studio in 2002, when she was just 20. Seven years later they married in a top-secret New York City ceremony, and a baby girl named Blue Ivy came along in early 2012. The rest, like Jay says in “Crazy in Love,” is history in the making.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
Age Gap: 25 years

Born on September 25 exactly 25 years apart, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have the model May-December marriage.

The Oscar winners tied the knot in 2000, when she was 31 and he was 56, and have remained solid despite a few tough years. In 2011, Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer (now in remission), and Zeta-Jones revealed her struggle with bipolar disorder. Of the ordeals, Zeta-Jones says, “You find out who you really are and who you are married to.”


Celine Dion & Rene Angelil
Age Gap: 26 years

Twelve-year-old Celine Dion couldn’t have known that when she met Rene Angelil, then 38, in 1980, he would someday be her manager, husband, and father of her three children.

But the Quebecois couple, married since 1994, has weathered more than a few storms together, including Dion’s fertility challenges, Angelil’s throat cancer diagnosis, and thousands of performances of “My Heart Will Go On.”

These days, they split their time between Las Vegas and Florida. “It’s really all about family, love, and the children for me,” says Celine.


Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
Age Gap: 12 years

Forty-two-year-old Megan Mullally met Nick Offerman, 30, in 2000, when he was an unknown actor, and she already had an Emmy for playing Karen Walker on "Will & Grace." Twelve years, two dogs, and one rock-solid marriage later, he’s caught up to her career, playing Ron Swanson, the meat-loving libertarian, on NBC’s "Parks and Recreation."

As for the age difference, it doesn’t bother them. In fact, Mullally says, “Nick has said he would divorce me if I got Botox.”


Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
Age Gap: 15 years

With the hubbub surrounding their 2008 marriage in Los Angeles, fans forget there’s a sizeable age difference between talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, 54, and "Arrested Development" actress Portia de Rossi, 39. The ladies, who started dating in 2004, don’t dwell on the 15-year gap, though – they’re too busy working and raising their menagerie of pets, including two dogs, five cats, four horses, and two cows. "And those are only the animals we let sleep in our bed,” says DeGeneres.


Charlie Chaplin & Oona O’Neill
Age Gap: 36 years

"He has made me mature, and I keep him young," said Oona O’Neill of her husband, silent movie legend Charlie Chaplin.

The daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill, Oona dated Orson Welles and JD Salinger before settling down with the Little Tramp, whom she married in 1943, when she was 18 and he was 54. Though she was his fourth wife - and third teenage wife – they remained together for 34 years and eight children, until his death in 1977.


Annette Bening & Warren Beatty
Age Gap: 21 years

With names like Natalie Wood, Joan Collins, and Madonna, among his conquests, no one thought legendary ladies’ man Warren Beatty would ever settle down. Then, along came Annette Bening. The pair met while working on "Bugsy" in 1991, when he was 54 and she was 33. "It was something that we both took very seriously very quickly," says Bening.

Twenty years later, they have four children together, including 21-year-old Stephen (formerly Kathlyn), a vocal advocate for transgender rights.


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