Power Couples With Half The Fame: Celebrities With Non-Famous Partners

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Some say that power couples will out survive us all. They have a mutual understanding of what it means to be in the spot light, what it means to have to be “on” constantly for viewers and fans, and what it feels like to have a lot of money. But for some couples, one famous person is more than enough, and that one needs the calm, grounded support of a “normal” person.

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower

Men can’t resist those pencil skirts and perfectly tied neck scarfs. Grace was a flight attendant when she met the mega star. After a few up-in-the-air drinks, the two married in 1997.

Denzel and Pauletta Washington

Pauletta may not be famous but she had her stage time as the first ever African American contestant in the Miss North Carolina pageant. Denzel has an eye for the beauties and married Pauletta in1983. The pair has four children together.

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson

This stunning couple has been together for over 30 years. With brains and beauty, the two met as student activists in college. Respecting the “for better or worse” sentiment, LaTanya helped Samuel through his drug problems and was a pivotal part of his success.

Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery

The Grey’s Anatomy star and the music producer met at a super market (yup, it really does happen!) and married in 2007. Two years later they welcomed a baby girl into the world.

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham

We forget that behind this powerful, almost godly force of a woman is a man. Oprah and Stedman have been together since 1986. Stedman is successful in his own right as the CEO of a corporate and educational marketing and consulting firm, but has clearly been happy to let Oprah shine in the limelight.

Anthony Hamilton and Tarsha McMillan

The Grammy-winning soul singer and his wife welcomed twin boys into their love nest two years ago. Anthony also has three sons from a previous relationship making Tarsha a super mom!

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon

Viola attributes much of her confidence and success (not to mention her recent decision to go wigless on the red carpet!) to her loving husband Julius. Julius is an actor himself but many of us didn’t know his name until his wife shot to stardom in The Help.

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning

The NBA superstar and his baby mama of three have been together for nearly twenty years and still look madly in love. The two met their senior year of high school and were pen pals for a year before ending up in the same city for college. Awwww!

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant

We did like this relationship until we realized Kobe probably only married a “normal” woman so that he could sneak all his philandering’s past her. Much to everyone’s dismay, the couple has yet to finalize their divorce.


Cuba Gooding Jr and Sara Kapfer

Another pair of high school sweethearts, Cuba and Sara met in 1986 and lived together for 7 years before walking down the isle. The film star and elementary school teacher have three sons together.

Chris Noth and Tara Wilson

Every woman out there envies the lady that landed “Mr. Big.” After a 2 year engagement (per usual, Mr. Big puts off the wedding as long as possible) the two tied the knot in Maui where their 4-year-old son served as ring bearer.

Garcelle Beauvais and Mike Nilon

Although the relationship didn’t last, Creative Artists Agency agent Nilon bagged the gorgeous Jamie Foxx Show star for a little while. Things went up in flames when Beauvais discovered Nilon had been cheating on her and she emailed everyone at his office comparing him to Tiger Woods.

Whoopi Goldberg and…

Whoopi married three times to Lyle Trachtenberg, David Claessen and Alvin Martin. Each man was successful in his own right but none ever rose to the level of fame that Whoopi did.

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