When it comes to celebrity marriages, some of the richest and most successful actors have walked down the aisle more than once. Sure, you can name who they’re married to now, but can you recall who they used to be married to? Here are the first wives of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars.
1. Diandra Luker, first wife of Michael Douglas
There was actually a time when Michael Douglas was married to someone other than Catherine Zeta-Jones.
In 1977, the actor married Diandra Luker, who is a film producer and daughter of an Austrian diplomat. The pair officially divorced in 2000. Their son, Cameron Douglas, was released from prison in 2016 after serving seven years for drug charges.
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2. Talia Balsam, first wife of George Clooney
George Clooney, the man who was once referred to as the ultimate bachelor, was married to another woman long before he tied the knot with his current wife, Amal.
Back in 1989, Clooney married Talia Balsam, the daughter of actors Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten. The marriage didn’t last and they divorced in 1993. After that, Clooney said he would never marry again — that was until he met Amal, of course.
Balsam also remarried. She and John Slattery said “I do” in 1998. The pair even played husband and wife onscreen as Roger and Mona Sterling in Mad Men.
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3. Mimi Rogers, first wife of Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has been married (and divorced) three times. We all remember his marriage to actress Katie Holmes and actress Nicole Kidman before that, but some may have forgotten that he was married even before that to yet another actress.
Cruise and Mimi Rogers got hitched in 1987. Although their marriage only lasted three years, it was Rogers who got the Hollywood heavyweight involved in Scientology as her father was one of the church’s most powerful and influential members at the time.
While Cruise remains a devout Scientologist, Rogers and her father have since left the church.
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4. Mary Marquardt, first wife of Harrison Ford
We have become so accustomed to seeing Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart together that we tend to forget the Indiana Jones actor was married two other times.
Before he met Flockhart, who is 23 years his junior, Ford was married to second wife Melissa Mathison, a late screenwriter he had two kids with.
Prior to that, he was married to his college sweetheart Mary Marquardt from 1964 to 1979. They also had two children together and their sons are now both successful business owners.
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5. Kim Basinger, first wife of Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is married to yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin now, but in 1993, he was to married actress Kim Basinger.
In 1995, the two welcomed Ireland Baldwin, their only child together. They divorced in 2002. Baldwin was the Oscar winning actress’s second husband. She did not remarry again.
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6. Sheree Zampino, first wife of Will Smith
Will Smith was married to Sheree Zampino before Jada Pinkett Smith.The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor got hitched while he was starring on the famous sitcom.
The pair had one child together, but divorced after three years. Zampino then married former NFL running back Terrell Fletcher in 2007 and filed for divorce in 2014.
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7. Jennifer Esposito, first wife of Bradley Cooper
Before he began seriously dating and had a baby with supermodel Irina Shayk, Bradley Cooper was married to another celebrity.
Cooper wed actress Jennifer Esposito in December 2006, but in May 2007, she filed for divorce, making their brief union one people tend to forget about.
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8. Diahnne Abbott, first wife of Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro married Grace Hightower in 1997, but that wasn’t his first trip down the aisle.
The actor was married to actress and singer Diahnne Abbott from 1976 to 1988. They had one son together, and De Niro adopted Abbott’s daughter from a previous relationship.
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9. Scarlett Johansson, first wife of Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively seem like the perfect Hollywood couple and have given us some serious relationship goals time and time again, but Reynolds was married to another movie star first.
In case you forgot, Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson. The two tied the knot in 2008, but called it quits in 2011. Prior to his relationship with ScarJo, Reynolds was also engaged to singer Alanis Morissette.
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10. Samantha Lewes, first wife of Tom Hanks
It seems like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been together forever, but once upon a time, the Forrest Gump star was married to someone else.
When he was just 21 years old, Hanks wed his college sweetheart Susan Dillingham who acted under the stage name Samantha Lewes. She had roles in Mr. Success and the show Bosom Buddies, which Hanks starred in. They were married from 1978 to 1987 and had two children together.
Lewes died of bone cancer on March 12, 2002.
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11. Cassandra Harris, first wife of Pierce Brosnan
Before marrying Keely Shaye Smith, Pierce Brosnan was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris. The Irish actor and Harris got hitched in 1980 and remained together until her death from ovarian cancer in 1991.
Brosnan and the former Bond girl had one biological son together, and he adopted her two children, Charlotte and Christopher, from previous relationships. In 2013, Charlotte died from the same disease that took her mother’s life.
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12. Patricia Gaul, first wife of Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum is married now to his third wife, Canadian Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston.
Goldblum’s second wife was Geena Davis, who he co-starred with in several movies. They were married from 1987 to 1990.
Prior to his marriage with Davis, Goldblum was married to another actress named Patricia Gaul. He and Gaul were together from 1980 to 1986 and appeared in the film Silverado together.
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13. Cindy Silva, first wife of Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner has been married to model Christine Baumgartner since 2004, but several years before they met, he was married to Cindy Silva.
While a Delta Chi fraternity member in college, Costner wed Silva in 1978. They had three children together and ended their marriage in 1994.
Silva then received a whopping $80 million in what was one of Hollywood’s most expensive divorces.
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14. Donna Peele, first wife of Charlie Sheen
Although he’s single now, Charlie Sheen was married three times.
Most people can recall his failed marriages to Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller, but he was also married to another woman long before he met them. Sheen tied the knot with Donna Peele in 1995, just six weeks after they met while filming a cigarette commercial together.
That same year, the actor was named as one of the celebrity clients of an escort agency run by Heidi Fleiss. Sheen and Peele divorced in 1996.
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15. Melissa Lee Gatlin, first wife of Billy Bob Thorton
Billy Bob Thorton has had quite a few wives — six, to be exact. While everyone remembers his three-year marriage to Angelina Jolie, in which the pair wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks, no one knows much about his other five wives.
His first wife was named Melissa Lee Gatlin and they said “I do” in 1978, but divorced in 1980. They share one daughter, Amanda Brumfield, who made headlines in 2011 when she was convicted of manslaughter in the death of 1-year-old and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
16. Madonna, first wife of Sean Penn
The short-lived marriage of Sean Penn and Madonna was the first of two for both stars. A nasty public divorce ended the union, which lasted from 1985-89, and domestic abuse allegations surfaced. However, Madonna has since denied any kind of abuse. In a court document, she said, “Sean has never struck me, ‘tied me up,’ or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.”
Romance rumors sparked in 2015 after the pair reconciled and were spotted together on numerous occasions. Penn even attended a charity gala hosted by Madonna in December 2016. She jokingly proclaimed, “I’m still in love with you” on stage, and offered to remarry him if he bid $150,000. Penn agreed and even handcuffed her to try to raise the crowd’s bids.
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17. Jennifer Aniston, first wife of Brad Pitt
Despite a scandalous divorce, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were one of the most iconic Hollywood couples of all time. The pair met on the set of Friends in 1998 and wed just two years later in a private ceremony. It was the first marriage for both stars. Pitt famously left Aniston in 2005 for his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star, Angelina Jolie, and fans were forced to choose between Team Jen and Team Brad.
Following Pitt’s split from Jolie in 2016, he finally gave the public closure on his first marriage. He reportedly reached out to her to apologize for being an “absentee husband” and “made amends for leaving her for Angelina,” according to In Touch Weekly. Aniston found love again and married current husband Justin Theroux in 2015.
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18. Lori Anne Allison, first wife of Johnny Depp
Despite the couple’s failed marriage, Lori Anne Allison was quick to defend her ex-husband Johnny Depp against abuse allegations regarding his then-wife Amber Heard. Depp and Allison were married from 1983–86. Allison claimed, based on her experiences during their three-year union, that Depp “was not capable of hurting anyone and would never lay a hand on a woman,” according to Daily Mail.
The pair married young, Depp was just 20 and Allison only 25, and ultimately they were not meant to be. However, Depp found success in his career thanks to his failed first marriage. Nicholas Cage was a close friend of Allison’s, who got Depp in contact with the agent who cast him in his first film, 1984’s Nightmare on Elm Street.
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19. Victoria Tennant, first wife of Steve Martin
Steve Martin hasn’t had much luck with women. After dating for one year, he and London-born actress Victoria Tennant married in 1986. However, Martin divorced his first wife in 1994 after she left him for an Australian man. Best known for her roles in TV miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Tennant has been married since 1996 and has two children.
Martin rebounded with actress Anne Heche and had numerous high-profile relationships since then. He married Anne Stringfield, a New York Times journalist, in 2007. They have one daughter together.
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20. Lesley Manville, first wife of Gary Oldmam
Perhaps the most interesting part of this divorce is that 31 years later, both Gary Oldman and his first wife Lesley Manville received 2018 Oscar nominations for their roles in The Darkest Hour and Phantom Thread, respectively. They married in 1987, following his breakout role in Side and Nancy, but after two years of marriage, Oldman left Manville, then caring for their three-month-old son Alfie.
Oldman married Uma Thurman two years later and divorced again in 1992. Now on his fifth marriage (to art curator Gisele Schmidt), he says this one is going to stick.
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Additional reporting by Bridget DeMeis and Ali Harrison.