9 Celebrities Who Married Average Joes

With all the celebrity splits and cheating scandals in the news, it’s easy to forget that lasting marriage does happen in Hollywood.  Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson, for example, have been married for nearly 30 years.  Although Washington recently joked that the longevity of his relationship can be attributed to keeping his mouth shut and doing everything his wife says, we think there’s a little more to the story. Perhaps the couple’s marriage is so successful because Pauletta’s not a celebrity (the couple met on set as extras, but Pearson gave up acting to raise the couple’s four children). Come to think of it, many of the celeb couples we love involve one person who isn’t famous. Check out our list of A-listers who chose to marry a bartender, freelance writer, or some other every day person.

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Denzel Washington & Pauletta Pearson

This pair met in 1977 on the set of the TV movie, Wilma. They wed five years later.
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Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman

Banks and Hendelman met 20 years ago during their first day of college. They later wed in 2003.
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Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

Jessica met her future husband in 2004 on the set of Fantastic Four. The duo now has two daughters, Honor Marie and Haven Garner.
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Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni

This Sex and the City actress met Marinoni at an education rally in 2002 while Nixon was still in a relationship. The two began dating shortly after and tied the knot last May.
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Jennifer Hudson & David Otunga

Despite pre-wedding jitters and an unfortunate family tragedy, Hudson and Otunga are still going strong after nearly five years together.
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Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery

Talk about adorable. These two met in a Los Angeles grocery store nearly 10 years ago. Since then, they've married and welcomed a daughter, Stella.
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Josh Lucas & Jessica Henriquez

After the actor met the freelance writer last year, the two quickly married and revealed news that not only was Jessica pregnant, but she was battling cervical cancer as well.
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America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams

The Ugly Betty star was a blushing bride last year when she married her longtime boyfriend. The two met at the University of Southern California when Williams cast the actress in his film.
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Kevin Jonas & Danielle Deleasa

Deleasa was a hairdresser on vacation in the Bahamas when the oldest Jonas brother spotted her on the beach. Two years later, the pair tied the knot.

Who is your favorite celebrity couple?

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