Finding a husband to settle down with is no longer the biggest priority of women these days. Increasingly they are opting for professional success over early conjugal life which is why many among them are now marrying later in life. Here is a list of ten women who gathered fame and success before finding a partner to share all that with.
- Elizabeth Hurley
This British model and actress shot to fame when she accompanied her then boyfriend actor Hugh Grant to a movie, premier wearing a plunging black Versace dress, held with golden safety pins. Liz Hurley has come a long way since that day in 1994 and now besides being a successful model and socialite, she is also an entrepreneur with her own line of beachwear.
When she was 42, Liz Hurley got married to Indian businessman Arun Nayar. The wedding was a lavish two-part affair, first with Elton John giving away the Versace-clad bride in England and then a five-day affair in India involving dancing "virgins," a hot-pink Versace bridal sari, fire-eaters, and camel-led rickshaws. But despite all the hoopla, the marriage did not survive for long and a little more than three years later, Hurley announced through Twitter that she and Nayar were parting ways. The cause was believed to be Hurley’s link-up with Australian cricketer Shane Warne and in June 2011, the couple were formally divorced.
- Sandra bullock
A popular Hollywood actress who delivered several hits in the 1990s, Sandra Bullock’s greatest moment of professional success came in 2009 when she won a slew of awards, including the Oscar, for her performance in movie The Blind Side. Unfortunately the international promotional tour of the movie was marred by allegations in the media of the infidelity of her then husband Jesse James to the extent that Bullock had to cancel her promotional appearances in Europe. Bullock filed for divorce in April 2010 and by June that year they were officially divorced.
Bullock got married to Jesse James in 2005 when she was forty-one; at the time she was a successful actress and producer while he was a motorcycle builder and host of the TV show Monster Garage. The two first met when bullock arranged for her ten-year-old godson to meet James as a Christmas present.
- Salma Hayek
This Mexican actress, producer and director is the star of many hit Hollywood movies besides being the recipient of critical acclaim for her portrayal of the painter Frida Kahlo in the movie titled Frida. Hayek has fared better than the above actresses from her marriage to french billionaire businessman François Henri-Pinault. She was forty-one when she walked down the aisle on Valentine’s Day in 2009 in Paris and again followed it up with an equally romantic wedding in Venice the same year. The couple has a daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault, who was born the year before their marriage.
- Marcia Cross
Marcia cross, an American television actress, is best known for her role as as Bree Van de Kamp on the hugely popular show Desperate Housewives as well as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place. Cross was forty-four when she met tom Mahoney, a stock broker and after six months of dating, the two decided to get married on June 24, 2006, in front of 200 guests at the church of our savior Episcopal parish in San Gabriel, California. Cross underwent infertility treatment soon after her marriage and was blessed with twin daughters in February 2007.
- Diane Sawyer
News anchor Diane Sawyer is currently the face of ABC News' flagship program, ABC World News. Previously, Sawyer had been co-anchor of ABC News's morning news program, Good Morning America. On April 29, 1988, at the age of forty-three she married Mike Nichols, a film director and one of only 10 people to win at least one of every major American entertainment award — an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and Tony.
- Benazir Bhutto
The former prime minister of Pakistan who was assassinated in December 2007 is still the only female head of state the country has known. Born in Karachi Pakistan, Bhutto received her higher education in western countries like USA and UK, which played a significant role in nurturing her political ambitions. Bhutto met and married Asif Zardari, then an aspiring politician, in 1987. At the time of her marriage, Bhutto was thirty-four, an age which might not seem to be late in the western world but in traditional societies like Pakistan, it is quite unheard of women remaining unmarried till their mid-thirties. The marriage resulted in the birth of three children, the last of who was born when Bhutto was still in office as the country’s prime minister.
- Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and recording artist. She is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. In 2003, at the age of 35, Cho married Al Ridenour, an artist involved in the production of cacophony society and the art of bleeding. Though openly bisexual, Cho has reportedly described their marriage as “very conventional and conservative”.
- Renee zellweger
Zellweger is hugely popular for her romantic comedies but she also earned rave reviews and won the academy award for best supporting actress for her performance in the drama Cold Mountain. After dating a series of celebrities which included actor Jim Carrey and singer Jack White, Zellweger finally got married to singer Kenny Chesney in a ceremony at the island of St. John in 2005. At the time, the actress was thirty-six. However on September 15, 2005, after only four months of marriage, the couple announced their plans for an annulment. Initially Zellweger cited "fraud" as the reason in the papers related to the filing of annulment but after media scrutiny of her use of the word "fraud", she qualified the use of the term and clarified that she had not meant to disparage Chesney’s character.
- Rachael Ray
Rachael ray is a well known television personality, celebrity chef and author from the United States. Currently she hosts the syndicated talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray and three food network series, 30 minute meals, Rachael ray's tasty travels and $40 a day. On September 24, 2005, Ray married John Cusimano, a lawyer and lead singer of the rock band The Cringe. The marriage took place in montalcino, Tuscany, Italy and at the time the bride was thirty-seven.
- Aishwarya Rai
This light-eyed Indian beauty is a former winner of the Miss World pageant and a highly popular film actress in her country. At the peak of a highly successful career which included modeling and acting, Rai got married to a younger Abhishek Bacchan, son of arguably India's biggest Movie icon, Amitabh Bachchan. The wedding which took place April 2007 generated huge media frenzy and was described as a very expensive affair. At the time of her marriage, Rai was thirty-four but considered a late bride according to traditional Indian standards.
- Elizabeth Barrett browning
One of the most popular women poets in Victorian England, Elizabeth Barrett browning was lucky enough to find both professional and personal happiness in her lifetime. After one of the most famous courtships in history, she finally gathered enough courage to go against her father’s wishes and marry Robert Browning who at the time was yet to achieve renown as a poet. At the time of her marriage, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was forty. After a private marriage in 1846, at St. Marylebone parish church, the couple honeymooned in Paris. In September that year Browning spirited his wife off to Italy where she continued to live till her death in 1861.
- Charlotte Bronte
Another famous literary figure of early Victorian England to have settled down rather late is Charlotte Bronte. Best known for her novel Jane Eyre and one of the foremost novelists of her time, Bronte was almost forty when she married her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls in June 1854.