From Puppy Love To A Proposal: Celebs Who Married Their High School Or College Sweethearts

February 11, 2013  |  
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Nowadays, Hollywood reports, at least the one’s that get the most hits, are those about celebrity divorces and celebrity relationships that have ended. Even though it’s not often that Hollywood and happily-ever-after are combined, it does and has happened for some celebs, despite the fact that these couples fell in love during that puppy love stage. Here are 15 celebrities who married their high school or college sweetheart.

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Paula Patton & Robin Thicke

During their high school years, Paula Patton and Robin Thicke met at a teen night club. In 1993, the same year they met, despite the criticism they received about their interracial relationship, decided to start dating and did so even as the two went off to college. About 12 years later, the couple said “I do” and in 2010 they had their first son together.

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Snoop Dogg & Shante Taylor

Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor met while the two were attending Polytechnic High School. Their romance blossomed during their young years and in 1994 the couple had their first son named Corde. Just three years later they had a second son, Cordell, and in 2000 the two had their first daughter, Cori. Despite a rocky relationship, Snoop and Shante have stuck together.

Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman

More than a decade ago, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman met at the University of Pennsylvania. This was Elizabeth’s first day at college and who’d have known that she’d meet her husband-to-be that very same day? The couple dated soon after and got married in 2003. They welcomed a son in 2011.


Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson first met during their college years while he was a student at Morehouse and she, Spelman. Soon after, the couple decided to tie the knot and ever since 1980, they have been inseparable  In 1982 the two had a daughter together named Zoe.

Bono & Ali Stewart

U2 frontman Bono met his wife after growing up and going to school together in Dublin. Becoming a couple when the two were 15 wasn’t the easiest task to conquer, but the pair have made it through all of their ups and downs. Despite Bono’s crazy schedule and multiple world tours, they have held it together and have four kids together.

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LeBron James & Savannah Brinson

NBA basketball star Lebron James met his soon-to-be wife Savannah Brinson during their high school years at Akron St. Vincent St. Mary High School. During a New Years Eve/birthday party for himself, LeBron decided it was the perfect time to propose to his long-time love. No wedding date has been publicly announced but it’s bound to be coming up pretty soon!


Bon Jovi & Dorothea Hurley

It’s extremely rare that you hear about a rock star getting married, let alone staying with the same woman for more than 30 years. However, Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea dated throughout high school and at the age of 27, they decided it was time to elope. After a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, Bon Jovi and Dorothea have had four children together and are still in love.


LL Cool J & Simone Smith

LL Cool J and Simone Smith fell in love at first sight it seems! The two met when they were just teenagers and Simone just happened to be a cousin of one of his friends. After meeting, the two hit it off immediately and started dating. They got married in 1995 after being a couple for more than eight years. They have four children together.


Jeff Daniels & Kathleen Treado

Sometimes small-town love is the best kind of love to be in. Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Treado met during their high school years when the two both lived in Chelsea, Michigan. The couple got married in 1979 and had their first child, Benjamin, in 1984. Since 1984 they have had two more children, Lucas and Nellie.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall fell in love during college and have remained so ever since. Standing as the only female member of Northwestern University’s improv class, which explains where she got her humor from, Julia met Brad Hall. In 1982, the two joined the cast of SNL and in 1987, the couple decided to tie the knot. Together the have had two sons.


Rainn Wilson & Holiday Reinhorn

Actor Rainn Wilson met his wife, well-known author, Holiday Reinhorn, during an acting class at the University of Washington. They started dating in the mid-80’s and in 1995, the two got married in Washington state on the Kalama River. Rainn and Holiday had their first son, named Walter, in 2004.


Ron Howard & Cheryl Alley

Actor Ron Howard and Cheryl Alley met during high school and have been together ever since. Despite Ron’s parents being worried about the intensity of his relationship with Cheryl, that didn’t stop or force the couple apart. In 1975 Ron and Cheryl got married and have managed to live as a low-profile Hollywood couple. They have four children together.

Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

The famous Facebook creator and his now wife Priscilla Chan met during a frat party while attending Harvard. The couple started dating in 2003 and once Priscilla finished her UCSF Medical degree, the couple took things to a whole new level. Their surprise wedding in May 2012 was definitely a shock as the pair married in Zuckerberg’s backyard.

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Timothy Olyphant & Alexis Knief

Timothy Olyphant, star from Justified, met his wife, Alexis Knief, during college. Both went to school at the University of Southern California, where Timothy was an avid swimmer. The couple have been married for 21 years and counting! So far they have three children together, two girls and one boy.


Eli Manning & Abby McGrew

New York Giant’s quarterback Eli Manning met his now wife, Abby McGrew, when the two went to college at Ole Miss. The couple were married in April 2008 during a private ceremony in Mexico after dating for five years. They had their first daughter, Ava Frances, in March 2011.

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