As society progresses through time, more and more traditional values and social protocols are being challenged. Things like race, religion, equality and relationships have transformed in ways no one would believe possible decades ago.
The most radical change over the years has been what people imagine a family to be. The idea of a family being a mom and dad with two children standing in their manicured yard surrounded by a picket fence has altered vastly. Family has come to include two mothers or two fathers, children from difference countries, of different races, and even those who have changed their gender. In these cases, family has come to include young stepmothers who need a second glance in order to be distinguished from their stepdaughters.
Relationships haven’t always worked out for these celebrity husbands. They have been in numerous relationships and multiple marriages. After years of experiences in unsuccessful relationships, they have decided to take a different approach and break past the age barrier to find the love they have been looking for. These rich and famous men have married women 20, 30 and in some cases, 50 years younger than them. If that isn’t odd enough, imagine the look their daughters have when they discover their father has married someone younger than them also.
10 Wendi Deng Murdoch
Wendi Deng Murdoch was born Jinan China and grew up to become a successful businesswoman. She married media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1999, despite the 37-year distance between their ages. Murdoch is among the wealthiest people in the world, holding a net worth of over 13 billion dollars. The 84-year-old CEO has been married three times. His first marriage to Patricia Booker ended in 1968, his second to Anna Torv ended in 1999, and his third marriage to Wendi Deng Murdoch recently ended a few years ago in 2012. During the time of Murdoch’s third marriage, Wendi Deng Murdoch was stepmother to Elisabeth Murdoch, who is four months older than her.
9 Shawna Craig
Actress Shawna Craig is 29 years old and was born the year after her stepdaughter Shayne Lamas, who is also 29 years old. Craig married soap opera star Lorenzo Lamas in 2011. Craig is Lorenzo Lamas’s fifth wife and stepmother to five children he had during previous marriages. Craig and her stepdaughter, who also won season 12 of The Bachelor, were born seven months apart and aren’t just close in age. Craig is carrying Shayne and her husband, Nik Richie’s son. Shayne is unable to carry her own child after having an emergency hysterectomy. She knew she would need the help of a surrogate and believes her stepmom is a great fit. Shayne told Closer Weekly, “Shawna's not just my stepmother. She's like a soul sister."
8 Graca Machel
Graca Machel is a politician and humanitarian from Gaza Province, Mozambique. In 1998 she entered her second marriage to Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a revolutionary and world-renowned activist who inspired and helped millions of people. He passed in December of 2013. His wife Graca Machel, is 69 years old, 27 years younger than Nelson Mandela, and a year behind his daughter Madiba Thembekile Mandela. Madiba Mandela was born in February of 1945, to Nelson Mandela’s first wife Evelyn Mase. Eight months later, in October 1945, Madiba Mandela’s stepmother was born. Madiba died in July 1969, at a young age of 24. She was the first of Nelson Mandela’s six children.
7 Dina Eastwood
Legendary actor Clint Eastwood took his chances at marriage a second time when he married television anchor Dina Eastwood. Dina is 36 years younger than Clint Eastwood, but that didn’t stop their love for one another. The couple married in 1996, 12 years after his marriage to model Maggie Johnson, ended. Clint Eastwood is father to two sons and five daughters, one of them older than his second bride. Kimber Lynn Eastwood is the daughter of actress Roxanne Tunis. She has followed in the footsteps of her parents and joined the entertainment industry as a film producer. She was born a year before her step mother Dina, in 1964.
6 Tomeeka Robyn Bracy
Tomeeka Robyn Bracy married well-known musician Stevie Wonder, and they haven’t let a little thing like age stop their love for each other. Bracy is 39 years younger than the 65 year old singer. Stevie Wonder is a legendary songwriter, singer, and record producer. He has been married twice, to Syreeta Wright in 1970, which ended 2 years later, and Kai Millard Morris from 2001 to 2012. Stevie Wonder has a total of nine kids, two of them with Bracy. His daughter Aisha Morris, is the oldest of all Wonder’s children and four years older than her stepmother Tomeeka. She is a talented singer who has received nominations for a Grammy Award.
5 Mia Farrow
4 Kathy Benvin
Kathy Benvin was 35 years old when she married her late and famous husband Anthony Quinn, in 1997. Quinn was 82 years old at the time of their marriage and didn’t mind Benvin being born 47 years behind him. Anthony Quinn was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and received popularity in America as an actor, painter and writer. His first marriage was to Katherine DeMille, in 1937. After they divorced in 1965, Quinn married again in 1966 to Jolanda Addolori. His marriage to Kathy Bevin was his third and final. Quinn fathered 13 children, 8 sons and 5 daughters. His oldest daughter Valentina Quinn, is also an actress. She was born during Anthony Quinn’s first marriage, 10 years before her stepmother’s birth.
3 Jill Vandenberg Curtis
Jill Vandenberg Curtis married iconic actor Tony Curtis in 1998, with a 46 year age gap. Tony Curtis died September 29, 2010, but left a legacy behind that has expanded over time. Curtis acted in over a hundred movies and his career lasted for more than 50 years. Curtis was married five times before his marriage to Jill Vandenberg. He has fathered two sons, Nicholas and Ben Curtis, and 4 daughters, Allegra, Kelly, Alexandra, and popular actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Tony Curtis’ oldest daughter Kelly, was born during his first marriage in 1951, with actress Janet Leigh. Kelly Curtis is fifteen years older than her stepmother.
2 Dana Lavette Cody
Dana Lavette Cody and George Teichner overlooked the large gap between their ages and tied the knot in Nobu, Malibu, last year. Teichner and Cody were born 51 years apart. Cody, a nail salon owner, is 25 years old and businessman George Teichner, is 76 years old. Stepdaughter Aviva Drescher, is a cast member on the television show Real Housewives of New York, and decades ahead of her stepmother at 44 years old. She is Teichner’s only child, born while he was with his former wife Ingrid Teichner. Despite the age gap, Drescher has defended Cody’s marriage to her father numerous times.
1 Crystal Harris
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine and lifestyle has made him a man of envy for many decades. Over his 89-year life span, he married three times and fathered four children. Hefner’s first two children, David and Christie Hefner were born during his first marriage to Mildred Williams, which ended in 1959. In his second marriage to Kimberly Conrad, his sons Cooper and Marston Hefner were born. Hefner and Conrad’s marriage ended in 2010. His most recent marriage was in December 2012, to Crystal Harris. The 29-year-old is a model, singer and 2009 Playboy of the Month. She is also 33 years younger than Hefner’s daughter Christie, who is 62 years old.