Hollywood isn’t exactly renowned for its stable relationships. Yet Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta have bucked the trend, having stayed together for more than 35 years. Here’s a look at how the two-time Oscar winner has made his marriage work.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1954 to a Pentecostal minister father and beauty parlor operator mother, Denzel Washington studied journalism and drama at Fordham University. He then further honed his acting talents at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater before moving back to his home state to look for work. He landed his first Hollywood credit with 1981’s Carbon Copy.