35 Years of People

All-Time Hollywood Couples

Tim & Faith! Posh & Becks! Ashton & Demi! Find out just what makes these married duos beat the odds

  • DENZEL & PAULETTE, 28 YEARS  photo | Denzel Washington

Credit: Steve Grayson/WireImage

Updated: Tuesday Oct 06, 2009 | 06:00 AM EDT By: Caryn Midler and Brian Orloff

DENZEL & PAULETTE, 28 YEARS

When Washington 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 Pauletta Pearson. Now, 28 years and four children later, the Oscar-winning actor reveals his secret to wedded bliss to PEOPLE: "Do what your wife tells you and keep your mouth shut."



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters