Romances between partners of vastly different ages have always been a cornerstone of Hollywood legend. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are a classic example: their 25 year age difference (she was 20, he was 45 and had been married three times before) didn't stop them from falling, and staying, in love. Bacall described their relationship as “the headiest romance imaginable." They married in 1945 and and stayed together until Bogie's death in 1957.

Charlie Chaplin and his future wife Oona O'Neill (daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill) first met when he was 53 and she was 17. He'd already been married three times, twice to 16-year-olds. O'Neill explained their relationship: he "made me mature, and I keep him young."


It's not always the case, though, that the man is older. Madonna and her now ex-boyfriend, Jesus Luz, had a 28 year age disparity—he was 23, she was 51 (14 years older than Luz's mother, which is maybe a little ew).

Here are some couples who are making it work, at least for now, despite being at least 20 years apart in age.

1. Holland Taylor (73) and Sarah Paulson (41)

Sarah Paulson recently talked about her relationship with fellow actor Lauren Holland, with whom she's been involved for about a year. In an interview with the New York Times, Paulson recalls first meeting Holland at a dinner party about a decade ago, and thinking that she was “probably the most exquisitely beautiful woman [she'd] ever seen.”