Age Disparity in Relationships

List of prominent marriages and relationships where one individual is older by 10 years or more; or one in the couple is less than 18, or in heterosexual relationships, the woman is more than 5 years older than the man.

40 or More

  • J. Howard Marshall and Anna Nicole Smith, 63 years. She was 26 and he was 89. They married on June 27, 1994 and the marriage lasted over a year. The marriage ended at his death on August 4, 1995. Anna Nicole was a gogo bar dancer and they met when she was dancing.
  • Yang Chen Ning and Weng Fan, 54 years. At the age of 82, Yang Chen Ning became engaged to 28-year old Weng Fan who is studying for her masters at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and married her in early 2005. He has since received much criticism from some Chinese media.
  • Tony Randall and Heather Harlan, 50 years. She was 25 and he was 75. They married on November 17, 1995. The marriage ended with his death on May 17, 2004. They met at the National Actors Theatre. They had two children: Julia Laurette Randall (b. 1997) and Jefferson Salvini Randall (b. 1998). Julia was born while Tony Randall was 77 years old. Tony was previously married to Florence Gibb (c. 1920-1992) for 54 years. Tony and Florence never had any children.
  • Ferdinand de Lesseps and Autard de Bragard, 45 years. She was 20 and he was 65. They married in 1869. The marriage ended with his death on December 7, 1894. They had twelve children.
  • Cary Grant and Barbara Harris, 47 years. She was 30 and he was 77 at their marriage in 1981. The marriage lasted 5 years and ended at his death in 1986. She was his fifth wife.
  • John Seward Johnson I and Basia Piasecka, 45 years. She was 31 and he was 76 at their marriage in 1971. The marriage lasted 12 years and ended at his death in 1983. Basia was his maid.
  • William O. Douglas and fourth wife Cathleen Heffernan, 44 years. She was 23 and he was 67 at their marriage in 1965. The marriage lasted until his death in 1980.
  • Saul Bellow and Janis Freedman, 43 years. He was 74 and she was 31 when they married in 1989. Freedman was Bellow's fifth wife. Their 16-year marriage ended in 2005 with his death.
  • Strom Thurmond and second wife Nancy Janice Moore, 43 years. They married when he was 66 and she was 23.
  • Roger Peyrefitte and Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villele, 43 years. The writer met his future boyfriend, 14, in 1964, on the set of the movie of his prize-winning book, Les Amitiés particulières, documenting his boyhood love with a schoolmate.
  • Klaus Kinski and Deborah Caprioglio, 42 years. He was 61 and she was 19. They married in 1987 and separated in 1989.
  • Muhammad and Aisha, Ayesha, 'A'isha, or 'Aisha (Arabic عائشة `ā'isha, "she who lives"). Their exact ages are debated though it is accepted that she was at least 40 years younger than he was.

Between 39 and 30

  • Art Bell and Airyn Ruiz Bell, 39 years. He was 60 and she was 21 in 2006 when they were married.
  • Des O'Connor and Jodie Brooke Wilson, 39 years. He was 72 and she was 34 when she gave birth to their son Adam.
  • Liberace and Scott Thorson, 39 years. The relationship is described in Thorson's memoir "Behind the Candelabra."
  • Chuck Yeager and Victoria Scott D'Angelo, 36 years. He was 80 and she 44 when they were married in August of 2003. He is a widower from his first marriage to Glennis Dickhouse Yeager.
  • Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz, 35 years. He was 62 and she was 27. She was a television reporter and interviewed him in 1993.
  • Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, 35 years. She was his stepdaugher and 22 years old at start of the relationship. They married on December 24, 1997 and the relationship is ongoing as of 2006. This was his third marriage. They had two adopted daughters.
  • Martha Raye and Mark Harris, 34 years. She was 75, and he was 41 when they married on September 25, 1991. The marriage ended with her death on on October 19, 1994. This was her seventh marriage. The shortest marriage was less than a year and the longest was 11 years.
  • Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, 33 years. She was 28 and he was 61 when they married on July 22, 1965, in Las Vegas. It was his fourth marriage and produced his only child, Jennifer. Cannon filed for divorce less than two years later, claiming "brutal and inhuman treatment." The divorce was on May 28, 1967.
  • Sergei Diaghilev and Boris Kochno, 32 years. The impresario hired the seventeen year old Kochno in 1921 as secretary. When Kochno inquired about his duties Diaghilev answered, "A secretary must know how to make himself indispensable."
  • Meshulam Riklis and Pia Zadora, 31 years. She was 23 and he was 54 when they married. The marriage lasted 6 years and ended in divorce. They married in 1977 and they divorced in 1983.
  • Bing Crosby and Kathryn Crosby, 30 years. Married from 1957 until his death in 1977. They had three children, Harry, Nathaniel and only girl, Mary.
  • Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Child, 30 years. They married in 1993 and were married for 11 years. The marriage ended with his death on October 5, 2004. This was his third marriage, but the first two were to the same person.
  • John Derek and Bo Derek, 30 years. The couple married in 1974 when Bo was only 18 and were together until John's death in 1998.

Between 29 and 20

Between 19 and 10

Less than 10, where the woman is under 18, or the man is 5 years older than the woman