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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.

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.

Age: 52

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.

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.

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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