Celebrities who have a surprising spouse or girl/boyfriend

From time to time i come across some article about some celebrity who have a surprising boy or girlfriend.

Last i read was that Fisher Stevens dated Michelle Pfeiffer from 89-92. How was that possible ? Hehe im sure hes a great guy, but surely…

I also remember reading about movie stars who married a somewhat uglier person, usually long marriages, maybe before they became celebrities? I cant come up with anyone on top of my head, but maybe you guys remember some?

Darryl Hannah and Neil Young is the couple that surprises me every time I remember it.

Dolly Parton’s husband has been by her side since 1966. He has stayed in the background. He has been to a few of her shows, but lives a normal life.

Oh yes! I saw that, a big surprise

There was that Julia Roberts/Lyle Lovett thing many years ago.

That reminds me of Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton.

Ooh, here’s an oldie but a goodie! Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner. Both very fine people, but lookswise I don’t think they matched up.

Which one was too homely for you? To me, they both look like genetic accidents.

Are the surprising ones the ones that are other celebrities, or the ones that aren’t celebrities?

And if we’re just comparing levels of physical attraction, well, there are a lot of other things that go into folks’ choice of partner.

In the Jessica Rabbit “he makes me laugh” category, there’s Mel Brooks/Anne Bancroft, Shirley Jones/Marty Ingles, and June Diane Raphael/Paul Scheer.

From what I’ve read about Jack Cassidy, Shirley needed some laughter.

I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that there has not yet been mention of John & Yoko.

I guess it is to John’s credit that he saw her inner beauty.


Buried awful deep though it was.

The world could do with a few more accidents that look like this, I’m thinking.

She was with Jackson Browne for almost a decade; she must have a thing for musicians.

When it became public that Keanu Reeves was dating gray-haired artist Alexandra Grant, much was made at the time of what a refreshing surprise that an A-list actor in his 50s was dating an age-appropriate woman. She’s actually almost a decade younger than him, but still…(56 / 2) + 7 = 35, so he could have gone a lot younger before it got really icky.

I just found out that John Corbett and Bo Derek have been married since December of last year.

Do I win?

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James.

Do you?

Personally, I think Julia Roberts’ 20 year marriage to her current husband Danny Moder who’s a cameraman, is a bigger contrast. No fame, no big title, not a famous guy, just a cameraman. And he’s still working in that field.

Meryl Streep’s been married to her relatively unknown husband for 43 years. He’s never in the limelight. They also have 4 kids, which she never paraded around in the media eye.


After a recent watching of Inside Llewyn Davis, I Wikipeded the 1961 folk song “500 Miles” (…away from home). The song is usually credited to Hedy West, who based it on assorted earlier folk songs. When I Wiki-ed Hedy West, it turns out that for 6 months she was engaged to Roger Zelazny. This was in 1961-62, prior to Zelazny’s success as a science fiction writer. (He was published in both Amazing and Fantastic in August 1962.)

I still can’t get over the fact that Gavin Newsom and Kimberly Guilfoyle were married for five years. She went from being with a California Democrat (I mean, Mayor of San Francisco to boot!) to a Trump - that’s a helluva difference in partners.