9 Celebrities Who Married Average Joes

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With all the celebrity splits and cheating scandals in the news, it's easy to forget that lasting marriage does happen in Hollywood. Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson, for example, have been married for nearly 30 years. Although Washington recently joked that the longevity of his relationship can be attributed to keeping his mouth shut and doing everything his wife says, we think there's a little more to the story. Perhaps the couple's marriage is so successful because Pauletta's not a celebrity (the couple met on set as extras, but Pearson gave up acting to raise the couple's four children). Come to think of it, many of the celeb couples we love involve one person who isn't famous. Check out our list of A-listers who chose to marry a bartender, freelance writer, or some other every day person.

  1. Josh Lucas & Jessica Henriquez

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    After the actor met the freelance writer last year, the two quickly married and revealed news that not only was Jessica pregnant, but she was battling cervical cancer as well.

  2. Kevin Jonas & Danielle Deleasa

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    Deleasa was a hairdresser on vacation in the Bahamas when the oldest Jonas brother spotted her on the beach. Two years later, the pair tied the knot.

  3. Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

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    Jessica met her future husband in 2004 on the set of Fantastic Four. The duo now has two daughters, Honor Marie and Haven Garner.

  4. Jennifer Hudson & David Otunga

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    Despite pre-wedding jitters and an unfortunate family tragedy, Hudson and Otunga are still going strong after nearly five years together.

  5. Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery

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    Talk about adorable. These two met in a Los Angeles grocery store nearly 10 years ago. Since then, they've married and welcomed a daughter, Stella.

  6. Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman

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    Banks and Hendelman met 20 years ago during their first day of college. They later wed in 2003.

  7. Denzel Washington & Pauletta Pearson

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    This pair met in 1977 on the set of the TV movie, Wilma. They wed five years later.

  8. Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni

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    This Sex and the City actress met Marinoni at an education rally in 2002 while Nixon was still in a relationship. The two began dating shortly after and tied the knot last May.

  9. America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams

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    The Ugly Betty star was a blushing bride last year when she married her longtime boyfriend. The two met at the University of Southern California when Williams cast the actress in his film.