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List of Famous Women Who Married Older Men ranked by fame and popularity. It is quite common for women to marry older men, and several of Hollywood's most famous actresses have done just that. Some famous women marry wealthy older men for security, while others marry for true love. One famous lady even married a man 63 years her senior.

Who is the most famous woman who married an older man? Katie Holmes tops our list. The “Dawson's Creek” actress married Tom Cruise, after dating for about a year, on November 18, 2006, when she was 27 and he was 43. They divorced in 2012. This was Holmes' only marriage. Cruise was previously married to Mimi Rogers from 1987–1990 and Nicole Kidman from 1990-2001. More recently, Holmes has been rumored to be dating “Ray” actor Jamie Foxx.

Anna Nicole Smith married J. Howard Marshall II on June 27, 1994, when she was 26 and he was 89. They were together until his death in 1995. Smith was previously married to Billy Smith from 1985–1993. She later married Howard K. Stern in 2006 and they were together until her death a year later.

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Katie Holmes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise, after dating for about a year, on November 18, 2006, when she was 27 and he was 43. They divorced in 2012. This was Holmes's first marriage. Cruise was previously married to Mimi Rogers from 1987–1990 and Nicole Kidman from 1990-2001. Holmes and Cruise had one child, Suri, and parented his children with Kidman, Isabella and Connor.

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor

Credits: Batman Begins, Dawson's Creek, Go, Phone Booth

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Calista Flockhart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Calista Flockhart began dating Harrison Ford in 2002, when he was 60 and she was 38. They married on June 15, 2010. This is Flockhart's first marriage, and Ford has been married twice before.

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Freeport, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters Guiding Light, The Birdcage

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Amy Yasbeck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Amy Yasbeck married her "Problem Child" co-star John Ritter on September 18, 1999, when she was 37 and he was 51. When they met at a read-through for "Problem Child," Ritter joked that Yasbeck was too young to play his wife. They had a daughter, Stella, in 1999 and remained married until Ritter's death in 2003. Ritter was previously married to the actress Nancy Morgan from 1977 to 1996.

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Blue Ash, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: The Mask, Pretty Woman, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Wings

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Nancy Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Nancy Kerrigan married Jerry Solomon on September 9, 1995, when she was 25 and he was 40. This is Kerrigan's only marriage and Solomon's third. The couple is still married and has 3 children together.

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Woburn, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Figure Skater, Actor

Credits: Blades of Glory, Skating with Celebrities, The Easter Egg Adventure, Ice Angel Disney's Nancy Kerrigan Special: Dreams On Ice

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Milla Jovovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Milla Jovovich married Luc Besson in 1997 when she was 22 and he was 38.  She was previously briefly married to Shawn Andrews, but the marriage was quickly annulled. Jovovich has been married to the director Paul W. S. Anderson since 2009. Besson was married twice before Jovovich, and he has been married to Virginie Silla since 2004.

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Profession: Fashion designer, Musician, Film Producer, Supermodel Actor, + more

Credits: The Fifth Element, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife

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Mena Suvari is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Mena Suvari married Richard Brinkmann on March 4, 2000, when she was 21 and he was 37. They divorced in 2005. Suvari was later married to Simone Sestito from 2010-2012.

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States of America

Profession: Fashion designer, Model, Actor

Credits: American Beauty, American Pie, American Pie 2, American Reunion

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Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Phoebe Cates married Kevin Kline in 1989, when she was 26 and he was 42.  They originally met at a 1983 audition for "The Big Chill." This the first & only marriage for both, and the couple has two children. 

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Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Entrepreneur, Model, Actor

Credits: Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Gremlins, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Drop Dead Fred

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 26 Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men
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Shania Twain married Robert Lange on December 28, 1993, when she was 28 and he was 44. Though they had a son in 2001, the couple divorced in 2010 after Lange had an affair with Twain's best friend. Twain went on to marry her former best-friend's ex-husband, Frédéric Thiébaud, in 2011. 

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer Music artist, + more

Credits: Notting Hill, Twister, I Heart Huckabees, Game Change

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