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  • DENZEL & PAULETTE, 29 YEARS photo | Denzel Washington
     photo | Denzel Washington

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Updated: Friday Oct 05, 2012 | 06:00 AM EDT

DENZEL & PAULETTE, 29 YEARS

When Washington, 57, landed his first professional acting gig (in the 1977 TV drama Wilma), he had no idea that the job benefits included meeting his bride-to-be Pearson, 62. Now, 29 years and four children later, the Oscar-winning actor reveals to PEOPLE his secret to wedded bliss: "Do what your wife tells you and keep your mouth shut."