These Leading Ladies Didn’t Find Love Until They Were In Their 40s

They say that love is blind and for these leading ladies in Hollywood, love also doesn’t see age. Some of these women didn’t meet their soulmate until later in life, while others had to go through a nasty divorce (or two) first. Whatever their journey was, the result is definitely worth it.

These famous women stayed patient, kept their hearts open, and have found love in their 40s. You’ll love why one comedian waited until her 50s to finally marry her soulmate.

Jessica Chastain Married Her Italian Love When She Was 40

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Chastain began secretly dating Italian count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, a fashion brand executive, in 2012. Five years later, the pair married in an ultra-private event in Italy in 2017. The wedding occurred just a few months after Chastain’s 40th birthday.

The redheaded actress has always kept her lips sealed when it comes to her love life. She never attend red carpet events with her partner and the two rarely go on public dates. Instead, they stay in at his vast Italian estate.

Salma Hayek Found Her Own Perfect Timing

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This actress, producer, and model could have any man in the world but she waited until she was 42 to finally marry. In 2007, Salma Hayek announced her engagement to French billionaire François-Henry Pinault. She also announced her pregnancy, so the pair waited to marry until 2009 after their daughter Valentina was born.

The Mexican-American actress is also a relative latecomer to Hollywood. She starred in several productions throughout the 1990s but her breakout role in Frida wasn’t released until she was 35.

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Sandra Bullock Married, Divorced, And Started A Family After 40

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The Blind Side actress blind-sided us all in 2005 when she married motorcycle lover and Monster Garage host Jesse James. Sandra Bullock and James began dating after the actress arranged a meet-and-greet with him for her godson and were engaged shortly after. The wedding happened just days before she turned 41.

Their relationship was stable for years until 2010 when allegations of infidelity on James’ part began to surface. While none of the rumors were confirmed, Bullock filed for divorce in April that year. She’s since adopted two children and is in a relationship with photographer Bryan Randall.

Elizabeth Hurley Held Out For The Right Man

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She may have been one of the top models of the ’90s but Elizabeth Hurley didn’t get married until she was 41 years old. The actress and model rose to fame in 1994 after accompanying her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant on the red carpet wearing a dress held together by gold safety pins.

Even though Hurley and Grant were together for 13 years, the pair never married. Instead, her 2007 wedding was to Indian textile heir Arun Nayar.

Ellen DeGeneres Had To Wait For California Law

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Ellen DeGeneres was 50 years old when she finally married the love of her life, Portia de Rossi. The pair began their relationship in 2004 and had been living together for years before marrying. The reason they took so long? They had to wait for California to overturn its same-sex marriage ban.

California finally got it together and the pair got married in August 2008. The pair live together in California with their four cats and three dogs.

This leading lady coming up put her wedding on hold to get ahead in her career.

Julianna Margulies Married At 41

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The star of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife didn’t know what it was like to be a wife off-camera until she was 41. In 2007, Julianna Margulies married attorney Keith Lieberthal in a private ceremony. Considering she played an attorney on the show as well, he was probably some pretty good inspiration for her role.

Before Lieberthal, Margulies dated fellow actor Ron Eldad from 1991-2003 but they two never committed to marriage. Today, Margulies and Lieberthal live in Manhattan with his son.

Marcia Cross Married And Had Kids After 40

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Although Marcia Cross didn’t get married until she was 44, she had been in a serious long-term relationship. She was a life-long companion of fellow actor Richard Jordan. Even though he was 25 years her senior, the pair maintained a strong open relationship. Jordan died of a brain tumor in 1993 and Cross stayed single until 2006, when she married stockbroker Tom Mahoney.

Cross also became a mother at a later age. After the wedding, she underwent in vitro fertilization and gave birth to fraternal twin daughters months before her 45th birthday.

Cameron Diaz Waited For The One

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Cameron Diaz has had a long string of high-profile boyfriends like Justin Timberlake, Alex Rodriguez, and Jared Leto but she didn’t tie the knot with any of them. It wasn’t until she met Good Charlotte frontman Benji Madden that she finally took the plunge.

The actress was 42 and Madden was 35 when they married in 2015. They had only been engaged for three months but that didn’t stop Diaz. She must have known he was the one because they’re still together today.

Diane Sawyer Married Her Career First

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Diane Sawyer waited until she was 42 to marry her late husband Mike Nichols. The pair were married for 26 years until Nichols died at the age of 83. Sawyer waited so long to get married because she was a pretty busy woman!

Before her wedding, Sawyer was focused on breaking down barriers. She worked as one of the few women on Richard Nixon’s staff in the White House, and after his resignation, she became the first female correspondent on 60 Minutes.

The next actress had two children with a long-term boyfriend, but later found love with someone else.

Cynthia Nixon Married At 46 Years Old

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Cynthia Nixon of Sex And The City was in a long term relationship with schoolteacher Danny Mozes. Despite having two children together, they never married. In 2012, shortly after Nixon’s 46th birthday, she married activist Christine Marinoni. The pair had been engaged since 2009 but waited for same-sex marriage laws to be passed.

The nuptials made waves because, at the time, Nixon had not been open about her sexual orientation. Finally, in 2012, she identified herself as bisexual.

Amy Adams’ Engagement Lasted Seven Years

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Like fellow redhead Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams waited until her forties to get married. In 2015, she said “I do” to actor and painter Darren Le Gallo. The two had actually been together since 2001 after meeting in an acting class.

The pair got engaged in 2008 but put their wedding on hold until after Adams gave birth to their daughter in 2010. Seven years after their engagement and 14 years after they began dating, Adams and Le Gallo finally tied the knot.

Geri Halliwell Settled Down At 43 (We Think)

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During her Spice Girls days, Geri Halliwell was known to be quite the promiscuous party girl. That all changed in 2015, three months before her 43rd birthday, when she married former race car driver Christian Horner.

Since her marriage, Halliwell has shunned her former party girl lifestyle and has tried to maintain a domesticated appearance. The pair have two children together and Halliwell is now a stay at home mother. With her upcoming Spice Girls reunion tour, we’ll see if she returns to her fun-loving lifestyle.

Calista Flockhart Married At 45, While Her Husband Was 76

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Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart met husband Harrison Ford at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards. At the time, he was still waiting for his divorce from his second wife to be finalized. Soon after, they began dating and were engaged on Valentine’s Day 2009.

One year later, the pair were married in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the time, Flockhart was 45 and Harrison was 76. The pair are still married to this day and are raising one adopted son together.

Mariska Hargitay Was Over 40 When She Started A Family

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While her mother Jayne Mansfield was a 1950s icon, Mariska Hargitay has kept her private life under wraps, which is hard to do in Hollywood! Little is known about any relationship of hers before she married her husband Peter Hermann when she was 40.

The Law and Order: SVU star must have been too busy fighting crime and putting criminals behind bars to find love. Hargitay also joined the late-mom club in 2006, when she gave birth to her son.

Susie Essman Kept Things Quiet, Married At 53

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After starring on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, Susie Essman became frustrated that she couldn’t walk down the street without people noticing her. It makes sense then that she has kept her personal life under wraps.

The only details we’ve gotten about her dating life was in 2008 when she announced her marriage to real estate broker Jim Harder. The pair married in an ultra-private ceremony. Essman was 53 years old at the time.

Keep reading to find out which women said “I do” before but had to wait a little longer to find the right person.

Julianne Moore And Her Husband Dated For Seven Years

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It seems like the most stunning redheads in Hollywood like to wait until later on in life to get married. Julienne Moore didn’t marry her husband, director Bart Freundlich until she was 42 years old. The two began dating in 1996 after meeting on the set of The Myth of Fingerprints.

The pair dated for seven years before saying “I do” in a private ceremony. The couple has two children together and live in Greenwich Village.

Jennifer Aniston Remarried at 44

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Oh, Jen Aniston, when will you find love? We were all collectively heartbroken in 2005 when her marriage to fellow A-lister Brad Pitt dissolved after his affair with Angelina Jolie. It seemed like Aniston would never find love again. That is, until months before her 45th birthday when she married actor/screenwriter Justin Theroux in 2015.

The pair seemed to be a match made it heaven but sadly, they separated in 2017. When will she get the justice she deserves?!

Valerie Bertinelli Remarried in Her 50s

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Many people may not remember it, but the Hot in Cleveland actress turned Food Network host was the longtime wife of rock star Eddie Van Halen. The two were married from 1981-2007. A difficult divorce didn’t stop Bertinelli from finding love again in her fifties.

She married financial planner Tom Vitale in 2011. It seems like her split from Van Halen was amicable though because he was actually in attendance for her second wedding. We love ex’s that can make it work.

Jennifer Lopez is Engaged at 49 Years Old

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J-Lo wears her heart on her sleeve which means we’ve got to witness her deal with a string of high-profile relationships and breakups. The actress and singer has been married three times. Once to waiter Ojani Noa, once to back-up dancer Cris Judd, and finally to singer Marc Anthony.

None of them worked out but it seems like Lopez has finally found the one with her recent engagement to form New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Nicole Kidman Found Her Match At 39

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The Australian actress was married to Tom Cruise on Christmas Eve 1990 and the marriage lasted for 11 years before they separated. While she has admitted that she still has love for Cruise, Kidman has spoken about how her best acting work came after her divorce.

The heartbreak didn’t stop Kidman from finding love again, either. After being briefly engaged to a mystery man in the early 2000s, she married country star Keith Urban in 2006 when she was 39 years old.