20 Celebrities Who Married as Teenagers

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 , 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.  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.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore took the plunge with bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994 when she was 19. The two had been dating for just six weeks, and divorced after only two months. Before that, the trouble child star was engaged to Leland Hayward when she was 16.

Barrymore was later married to Tom Green from 2001 to 2002. In 2012, she married Will Kopelman. The couple has two children, Olive and Frankie, born in 2012 and 2014.

Demi Moore (born Demi Guynes) married musician Freddy Moore in 1980 when she was 18 years old. They divorced in 1985, but she kept his surname.

Moore was later married to Bruce Willis from 1987 to 2000, and the couple has three daughters. Her marriage to Ashton Kutcher, 15 years her junior, lasted from 2005 to 2013.

Marilyn Monroe married family friend James Dougherty in 1942 when she was 16 years old in order to avoid being sent to yet another orphanage. The couple divorced in 1946.

Monroe was later married to Joe DiMaggio for nine tumultuous months in 1954, though the two remained entangled throughout her life. She was also married to playwright Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde married Italian prince (!) and filmmaker Tao Ruspoli in 2003 when she was just 19 years old. The couple divorced in 2011.

In 2013, Wilde became engaged to longterm boyfriend Jason Sudeikis. The couple’s son, Otis, was born in 2014.

Macaulay Culkin married fellow teen actor Rachel Miner in 1998 when they were both 18 years old. The couple divorced in 2002.

Bo Derek

Eighteen-year-old Bo Derek married 48-year-old director John Derek in 1976. The couple stayed together for 25 years, until John’s death from heart failure in 1998.


Aaliyah secretly (and illegally) married 25-year-old R. Kelly in 1994 when she was just 15. Her parents annulled the marriage a few months later.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor married Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950 when she was 18 years old. The couple divorced the following year.

Taylor was famously married eight times to seven husbands. She even married husband #5 and #6, Richard Burton, twice.


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.

Melanie Griffith

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.

Ava Gardner

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 ofeight times.

LeAnn Rimes

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.

Courtney Stodden

Sixteen-year-old Courtney Stodden married 51-year-old Doug Hutchison in 2011. The couple is still together today, although they’ve been public about their marital troubles. They split briefly in 2013 before reuniting in 2014.

Solange Knowles

Musician (and Beyonce’s little sister) Solange Knowles married Daniel Smith in 2004 when she was 17 years old. Solange gave birth to their only son, Daniel Julez J. Smith Jr., that same year. In 2007, she confirmed that couple had divorced.

Knowles married her second husband, Alan Ferguson, in 2014.

Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee married Bobby Darin in 1960 when she was 18 years old. They had one son, Dodd Mitchell Darin, in 1961 before getting divorced in 1967.

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich married Shawn Andrews in 1992 when she was 16 years old. The marriage was annulled by Jovovich’s mother two months later.

Jovovich was later married to director Luc Besson from 1997 to 1999. She married Paul W.S. Anderson in 2009. The couple’s daughter, Ever, was born in 2007.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn married Oliver Vanetta Lynn in 1948 when she was just 15 years old. However, Loretta lied about her age early on, claiming that she was just 13 when she wed, and that she was the mother of four by the time she was 18. The couple had six total children and remained married until Oliver’s death in 1996.

Taylor Hanson

One-third of the Hanson-brother boy band, Taylor Hanson married Natalie Bryant in 2002 when he was 19 years old. The couple is still happily married with five children: Ezra (b. 2002), Penny (2005), River (2006), Viggo (2008), and Willa (2012).

Taran Noah Smith

Home Improvement star Taran Noah Smith married Heidi van Pelt in 2001 when he was 17 and van Pelt was 33. The couple divorced in 2007.