Celebs who married their high school or college sweethearts

Fans love Hollywood power couples and we see celebrities falling in love with other celebrities all the time. However, some stars have found love outside the limelight and actually married their high school or college sweethearts. Keep on reading and find out who they are.

Elizabeth Banks

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The Hunger Games star met her husband, sportswriter and producer Max Handelman, on her first day of college at University of Pennsylvania in 1992. The two waited to get married until 2003 and welcomed a child via surrogate in 2011. During an interview about their wedding in InStyle, Banks talked about how Handelman proposed unexpectedly after 10 years, “He said that after 10 years, he owed it to me to completely surprise me.”

Jeff Daniels

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While Daniels married his non-showbiz wife, Kathleen Treado, when they were both 24, they actually met while attending high school in Michigan and sparks were flying then. After initially living in Los Angeles, the couple moved back to their hometown where they raised their three children: Benjamin, Lucas and Nellie.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

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Though this couple sadly announced their divorce in February of this year, the two actually met long before they were famous. The couple met as teens back in 1993, when Thicke was just 14 and Patton 15, at an under-21 night club in Los Angeles. They started dating at 16, continuing throughout high school and college, and married 10 years later in 2005. The Hollywood actress and singer couple had their first child in 2010 but unfortunately, that didn’t stop these high school sweethearts from splitting.

Snoop Dogg

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Snoop Dogg and wife Shante Taylor were classmates at Long Beach Polytechnic High School before they got married in June 1997. The rapper filed for divorce in 2004 after almost seven years of marriage. Fortunately, the pair later reconciled and renewed their wedding vows in January 2008.The rap superstar has credited daughter Cori’s battle with lupus with bringing them closer together and helping to save the marriage.  Shante told People magazine, “Without Snoop, I don’t know what I’d have done. It’s amazing how this all turned out. We were gonna get a divorce. But we wouldn’t have gotten through it (the lupus diagnosis) that way.”

Ron Howard 

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Director Ron Howard met his wife Cheryl when they were both in the same English class at Burroughs High School in Burbank, Calif. The pair got married in June 1975, a little more than four years after they first met. Ron told HuffPost Live last fall, “I felt really lucky when we met. It’s crazy – we were teenagers, it shouldn’t have worked. We got married young, that shouldn’t have worked either, and yet it really and truly has.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus was the only female member of Northwestern University’s improv troupe when she met her future husband, Brad Hall. In 1982, both Julia and Brad joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, and they were married five years later. Still together, the pair have two sons, Henry (born in 1992) and Charles (1997).

Jon Bon Jovi

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It’s not often that a rock star stays with the same woman for over 30 years, but that’s exactly what’s happened with Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley. After dating all four years of high school, the couple secretly eloped in Las Vegas at the age of 27. Now, over two decades later, the duo have welcomed four kids and are still going strong.

L.L. Cool J

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L.L. Cool J has been married to his wife Simone for nearly as long as he’s been rapping. The couple met when they were teenagers, as she was a cousin of one of his friends. They dated for eight years, have now been married for almost two decades and have four children together. The rapper has said that the secret to his long lasting relationship is to “be friends, keep it simple, know what to overlook, and be quiet, eat my soup and let her talk.”

Samuel L. Jackson

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Samuel L. Jackson met his now-wife LaTanya Richardson while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1980, the duo were married and have been together ever since. Their daughter, Zoe, was born in 1982.
 

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