Although most men and women decide that they want to devote themselves to one person during their lives, that doesn’t mean that marriage is for everyone. In Hollywood especially, many famous women have decided not to marry anyone. When you look at the list of female actresses, singers, TV stars, and personalities that have never said “I do,” you’ll be shocked!
You’d think that someone who was famous for being on a show called Desperate Housewives would have some first-person marital experience, but this isn’t the case for actress Dana Delaney. Although Dana has said that she wouldn’t mind marrying the right guy, she also has never made tying the knot her biggest priority. Delaney’s dating life has always been fairly private, so there’s no telling if someone may break this trend in the future.
The daughter of famous pop star Rod Stewart, Kimberly has never been married despite previously being engaged to Laguna Beach star Talan Torriero. You may be surprised to know that they hadn’t even known each other for a month when they got engaged! That didn’t work out, and though she has a daughter actor Benicio del Toro, the two never had a serious relationship.
Anna Kournikova was once the most famous tennis star in the world and known as perhaps the sexiest athlete on the planet, too. Though she had plenty of interested fellas in her life, she never felt compelled to get married. There have been rumors, however. Some say she was engaged for a time to hockey standout Pavel Bure, and other reports even said she was married to Sergei Fedorov for a short time. Anna has denied those rumors, along with talk that she was shortly married to Enrique Iglesias.
Actress Naomi Watts had an 11-year love affair with actor Liev Schreiber, but they never decided to walk to the altar together, despite having two kids together. That time seems to have passed, as they broke up in 2016. The noted star of The Ring was also linked to Heath Ledger and other notable actors years ago, and she claims that she wouldn’t be against the idea of getting married in the future.
Somehow, Vanessa Paradis dated Johnny Depp for 15 years, but the two never got married. Was it cold feet? Who knows, as the two even had two children together! In this case, it seems more like a case of general apathy than some sort of fear of commitment. After all, having children together made them more committed to one another than being married would be, according to Paradis.
Like many successful career women, Mindy Kaling of The Office was open to the idea of a long-term relationship in her younger years but now has come to embrace the idea of putting her goals first. She admits that she enjoys feeling a little selfish sometimes and she isn’t sure if she has the time to devote to a successful relationship while her career is taking off.
Queen Latifah has done it all in her career…rapping, singing, acting. One thing that she hasn’t done, however, is get married. It’s hard to tell quite why that is, as she is famously secretive about her love life. Even her orientation has been questioned over the years. She admits that she has a high standard when it comes to getting married, saying that someone will really have to convince her in order for her to do it.
The world-famous Anita Hill had plenty of time in the public eye a couple of decades ago when she testified against Clarence Thomas and became embroiled in a huge political scandal. Maybe her experience in the limelight is why she has decided to be so quiet about her personal life, as not much is known about her love life at all. Anita has said that she has a boyfriend, but that they simply haven’t decided to move on to marriage yet.
There are a lot of celebrity women who have been engaged, but never got married for one reason or another. Greta Garbo went even further, though: she made it to her wedding day before backing out on her planned marriage to actor Jack Gilbert at the last minute. Poor Jack was left standing at the altar, probably very confused. Despite the runaway bride act, Garbo claimed that she would have been willing to marry the right guy.
Diane Keaton has had one of the most successful acting careers of any actress in recent history. However, she never played one certain role in her actual life: that of a wife. It’s not that she hasn’t dated: her list of ex-boyfriends is a Hollywood “who’s who” that includes Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, and Warren Beatty. However, Keaton simply believes that she isn’t willing to make the sacrifices a healthy marriage requires.
Coco Chanel was known as someone who always seemed to be seeing a handsome man (or two). Despite her active dating life, the late fashion designer never tied the knot. She said that she wanted to weigh as lightly on the men in her life as a bird would. There’s a little intrigue surrounding her personal life, as rumors persist that her sister raised a child that was actually hers.
Much is made about famous men who are scared to risk their riches in a marriage that may cost them a fortune, but perhaps Oprah Winfrey is worried about that, too? She’s one of the richest entertainers in the world and has never shown an interest in marrying longtime boyfriend, Stedman Graham. They’ve been together over 30 years, but Oprah still says she doesn’t feel ready for the responsibility that comes with being married.
There are probably very few people on the planet that have had three separate relationships of seven years long and a 14-year relationship all without ever getting married, but actress Jacqueline Bisset has! Her reason is very interesting: she said that the more you get to know someone, the more you get to dislike their bad habits. She said that she just couldn’t cope with those habits once she starts seeing them. At least she’s honest!
Most people want to marry someone with a great sense of humor, and comedienne Sarah Silverman definitely fits that bill. Still, the funny actress has never tied the knot, and it’s not because no one wants to marry her, either. She said that marriage simply isn’t right for her. She has dated a lot of celebrities, though, including Jimmy Kimmel and Michael Sheen.
Winona Ryder has done it all in her acting career and most recently has earned critical acclaim in the hit show Stranger Things. However, she has never said “I do,” despite being engaged to Johnny Depp in the 1990s. Since then, she’s dated stars such as Matt Damon and Keanu Reeves but hasn’t felt the need to become a bride. She is currently in a six-year relationship with Scott Mackinlay Hahn but said recently that marriage is not on the horizon.
How many people date someone for three decades without getting married? It’s rare, but Goldie Hawn has done that. She and fellow screen star Kurt Russell have long been one of the iconic Hollywood couples and even have four kids together, but marriage has never been something they’ve decided to do. Goldie maintains that marriage shouldn’t be something you do just to do it and that they don’t see any need to take that step.
Kylie Minogue has long been an icon in the worlds of music and acting, and she was even engaged as recently as this year. However, she and former fiance Joshua Sasse broke off the engagement. It does seem to be a complicated situation with Kylie as she admits that she enjoys the feeling that she has space and the freedom to do what she wants. To Kylie, the security of a relationship isn’t so necessary.
Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker played a widow on her hit show, but in real life has never been married. However, like her character on the show, she has endured some heartbreak. She had a serious relationship with Billy Crudup, but the actor left her while she was seven months pregnant after a fling with actress Claire Danes. That would make anyone have second thoughts about commitment.
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is used to attention, as she was perhaps the most famous female political figure in the US during her time as part of the George W. Bush administration. What many people don’t know, though, is that long before those days she was engaged to NFL player Rick Upchurch. The relationship didn’t work out, however, and Condoleeza maintains that she hasn’t met anyone she’d like to settle down with since then.
On the popular show, Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham starred as an unmarried mother. In real life, she plays a similar role, as she has dated actor Peter Krause for seven years, but they haven’t decided to walk down the aisle together. She has said in interviews that although she would not mind marrying Krause, their relationship has been good as it already is, so there’s no need to change things.
Singer Sheryl Crow was close to marrying controversial athlete Lance Armstrong at one point, even getting engaged to him. However, the two decided to split before they said their vows. Crow says she prefers this, as broken engagements are better than divorces. She has dated since then, but not married. She lives with her two adopted sons in Tennessee, so she isn’t exactly lonely!
Not only has Lauryn Hill’s life as a musician been a bit of a mystery, but her dating life has been a little strange, too. She dated Rohan, son of Bob Marley, for 15 years and the two had five children together. Despite this, they never tied the knot! Why not? Well, maybe they had relationship issues, as they would eventually break up in 2011 when she became pregnant…with a baby that wasn’t fathered by Rohan. Yikes.
Compared to her famous sisters, Kourtney has had the most stable long-term relationship, as she has only really dated Scott Disick. The two were together for about ten years and had three kids together, but never decided to take the next step. Since they decided to break up in 2015, maybe Kourtney and Scott had good instincts after all. It’s hard to say whether Kourtney would consider getting married one day after that experience.
In the world of sports reporting, Robin Roberts was one of the biggest personalities for years, handling a variety of duties for ESPN. She now works for Good Morning America, but her personal life has been much less susceptible to change, as she’s been with Amber Laign for 14 years now. The two not only haven’t married, but they also live in different households, which seems to be working well for them.
Actress Edie Falco has always kept busy in her career, racking up acclaimed performances in shows such as The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie. She has even expanded her family, as she has two adopted daughters. However, she has not decided to become anyone’s wife yet. Falco said once that she hasn’t seen a lot of happy marriages, which makes her hesitant to take that step herself.
Allison Janney has played the role of a wife and mother on the show Mom, but prefers to travel light in her personal life. The former star of The West Wing has preferred to stay single so far, although she is open to adding some extra baggage in the future, especially if the person she meets is fun to travel with. Her approach has worked for her career, as she has won a whopping seven Emmy awards!
Tyra Banks was once the biggest supermodel in the world and has gone on to become a successful producer and TV personality. Now in her 40s, Tyra looks as beautiful as ever but still hasn’t decided to take on a husband. Part of the issue may have been that she has had an abusive relationship in the past. Her current relationship is a very happy one with Erik Asla, however. The two have a son together, so maybe wedding bells will ring in her future?
Shonda Rhimes is a very successful woman who has produced shows that include Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Maybe it’s due to her busy career that she hasn’t decided to settle down with anyone? She has admitted as much to Oprah Winfrey in the past, telling Oprah that she won’t jeopardize the life she’s built to get serious with someone. Rhimes is a mother of three children, so she does enjoy a busy family life.
Joan Jett is best known for being the frontwoman of her band Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. This Queen of rock ‘n’ roll has had numerous high-profile relationships. She has been involved with Billy Idol, John Lyndon, Stephanie Adams and many more. However, none seemed to really strum her guitar. Jett is a known feminist and has an opinion about social norms for women. She once said, “At a very young age, I decided I was not going to follow women’s rules.”
Helena Bonham Carter
After 13 years, 6 films made together, and 2 children, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter split. Despite their long relationship, the two never married. She says her relationship with Burton was very special, but they were not meant to be together forever. On her new independence, she said “I feel very self-sufficient at the moment. I’m just going to work out who I am on my own and it’s quite liberating.”
Miranda Richardson has always played the mysterious, but beautiful woman, in several films. Some of her most notable roles were in films such as “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Hours,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Although she remains mysterious on film, she is open about her personal life. She admits that she is not opposed to marriage. However, she just hasn’t found Mr. Right. Richardson told DailyMail, “I think marriage would be quite good for me, but I’m not going to just go out and hire someone. I think, intermittently, that you find Mr. Right, but you have to get lucky.”
Harper Lee is best known for her world-renowned and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Despite her success, Lee lived a rather isolated life. Although she “dated a little,” according to biographer Marja Mills, she never found anyone who was more important than her work. Lee was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2007.
She almost is 50 years old, but actress Dina Meyer is in no rush to get married. The “Johnny Mnemonic” and “Starship Troopers” star has done a very good job at keeping her private life just that, private. She was rumored to have dated Shane West and Billy Joel in the 90s. However, today, she has not been seen dating anyone and most likely will not be getting married anytime soon.
Another famous female novelist who never got married is Jane Austen. Known for commentating on 18th-century British society in her novels, Austen always had a unique outlook on life. She was knowledgeable and certainly had many suitors. The “Pride and Prejudice” author met one man, Tom Lefroy, who she believed fitting. However, the two never wed.
Jorja Fox is best associated with her crime-stopping characters on shows such as “The West Wing” and “CSI.” She reportedly dated both women and men and rumors even circulated she got married in a secret ceremony. However, all rumors have been proven to be false, and Fox is happily living the single life.
Queen Elizabeth I Of England
Queen Elizabeth I understood the power she had not only as a woman but also as a ruler. Nicknamed “The Virgin Queen,” Queen Elizabeth the I became the first of her family not to get married. She wanted to continue her legacy, by birthing children. However, she knew this would put her country at risk. At the time, Elizabeth I, if she decided to marry, had to marry a royal from a different country. Although this could lead to an alliance of two strong kingdoms, it could also lead the destabilization of her own. Her choice to not marry proved to be wise.
Janet Napolitano doesn’t need a man in her life. She is an extremely successful politician. She previously held the position of Governor of Arizona, the U.S. State Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, and is currently the acting president of the University of California. Previously ranked as Forbes’ ninth most powerful woman, we can only expect Napolitano will continue to do amazing things, with or without a spouse.
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony spent her life fighting injustices and being a leader in the women’s rights movement. During her time, marriage had different laws. The laws said a man “owned and controlled” his wife and all her estate. Anthony knew this was wrong and fought to change it. She once said “I never felt I could give up my life of freedom to become a man’s housekeeper. When I was young, if a girl married poor, she became a housekeeper and a drudge. If she married wealth, she became a pet and a doll. Just think, had I married at twenty, I would have been a drudge or a doll for fifty-nine years.”
Former Oscar winner Marisa Tomei was last seen on the big screen as Aunt May in the hit film Spider-Man: Homecoming. In real life, she has not been married, although she was engaged to Logan Marshall for a short time. The two have since broken up and it doesn’t seem like there’s anyone in her life right now that will change her mind about marriage. Tomei has said in the past that she’s not a huge fan of getting married.
If you ask someone what they remember about Monica Lewinsky, they would definitely say her famous affair with former President Bill Clinton. The ill-fated tryst may have had a negative impact on her ability to meet men in the future, as she has never been married. She now focuses on her work, as well as on anti-cyberbullying efforts. It’s hard to say whether she’ll get married in the future, but she seems open to the idea.