18 Celebrities Who Married as Teenagers  

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Even before there were dating sites for teenagers, Hollywood stars were all about getting hitched. Beneath the glare of the spotlight, these celebrities who got married young quickly learned some tough lessons about love and life. For some, it was a teenage dream that lasted for decades, for others it was more of a nightmare. Whether their famous marriages ended speedily in divorce or remained in tact until death did them part, these actors, musicians, and other celebs redefined the concept of speed dating by starting their families super early. One famous actress even married the same man twice!

Who is the most famous person who got married as a teenager? This list of famous young lovers loosely ranks the teenage husbands and wives by fame and popularity. Drew Barrymore tops the list. The once-troubled child star was engaged for the first time at just 16 years old, and eventually got married (to someone else) when she was 19. Bo Derek married John Derek in 1976 when she was 18 and he was 48. Aaliyah illegally married R. Kelly without parental consent when she was 15.

Maybe it was the fun of wedding planning or the hope of living happily ever after. Maybe it was the result of working in an industry that forces kids to grow up too fast. Whatever the case, these celebrities who married as teens gave new meaning to young love.
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Cher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Married as Teenagers
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Cher married Sonny Bono in 1964 when she was 18 years old and he was 29. The couple had one child, Chaz (Chastity) Bono, in 1969 and divorced in 1975.

She was later married to Gregg Allman from 1975 to 1979. The couple's son, Elijah Blue Allman, was born in 1976.

Age: 72

Birthplace: El Centro, California, United States of America

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Melanie Griffith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Married as Teenagers
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Melanie Griffith first married Don Johnson in 1976 when she was 19 years old. The couple divorced six months later, but they remarried in 1989. Melanie gave birth to their daughter, Dakota Johnson, that same year. The second marriage also ended in divorce in 1996.

Griffith was also married to Steven Bauer from 1982 to 1987, and the couple had a son, Alexander, in 1985. Her marriage to Antonio Banderas lasted from 1996 to 2014. Their daughter, Stella, was born in 1996.

Age: 61

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

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Ava Gardner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Married as Teenagers
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Hollywood icons Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney married in 1942 when she was 19 years old. Rooney reportedly proposed to Gardner on their first date, then proposed another 24 times before she finally agreed. The couple divorced in 1943.

Gardner was later married to Artie shaw from 1945 to 1946 and to Frank Sinatra from 1951-1957. Rooney was married a total of eight times.

Age: Dec. at 68 (1922-1990)

Birthplace: Smithfield, North Carolina, USA

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LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Married as Teenagers
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LeAnn Rimes married Dean Sheremet in 2002 when she was 19 years old. The couple divorced in 2010, after Rimes dumped Sheremet for Eddie Cibrian, who she married in 2011. 

Age: 36

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

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