Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington are the best examples of true love in Hollywood. The duo is a testament to the fact that if you try to make things work and stick with one person, things will eventually find a way. The pair who have been together for over 36 years have often kept their own counsel and rarely speak on the media about their relationship. But in a few rare interviews, the duo has given on their personal lives, both have been candid about trying to make things work. And while Denzel is undoubtedly more on the media than Pauletta, the movie star credits his wife for making things work.
How did they meet?
Denzel Washington first met Paulettaa on the set of the TV series, Wilma, in 1977. The pair were introduced on the wrap-up part of the series, but the meeting was short and they were quick to go their own ways. The pair met each other the next day at a play. Pauletta and her friend were running late for the play and Pauletta ended up seating where she could find space. When the lights came on during the intermission, she was seated next to Denzel.
Third time’s the charm:
Even though the pair began dating after running to each other in the theater, things were pretty rough for Denzel when he asked Pauletta to marry him. In an interview with Hollywood Access in 2013, Denzel revealed that he asked Pauletta to marry him twice. Only for Pauletta to correct him that it was three times. Pauletta rejected Denzel’s proposal twice before finally caving in the third time. The pair eventually ended up tying the knot on June 25, 1983.
In their years as a married couple, the pair have four children, John David who was born on the 28th of July, 1984, Katia born on November 27, 1987, and twins Olivia and Malcolm Washington born on April 10, 1991. All of Denzel and Pauletta’s children have found their way into the entertainment industry.
Making things work:
It is no secret that Denzel and Pauletta are one of the few married couples in Hollywood who have been together for more than 35 years and look to be together for another 35. And while Denzel likes to joke about how he keeps his mouth shut and does as he is told, the star is quite frank about how Pauletta handed the majority of the workload in their marriage. When talking about the success of a happy marriage, Denzel revealed,
“What pops into my head: security, food, a beautiful home. The difference between a house and a home, it’s a big difference. You can buy a house, but that doesn’t make it a home—and not to say a man can’t make a home a home, but my wife has made our house a home, and raised these beautiful kids, and protected them and sacrificed for them. She did the heavy lifting.”
Early life, career, and fame:
Pauletta Pearson was born on the 28th of September, 1950, in North Carolina, United States. Not much is known about Pauletta’s early life and the actor has kept her silence. Pauletta first came into the public eye in 1970 when she took part in the Miss North beauty and was the first black woman to do so. She became runner-up in the competition, which propelled her to a role in the movie, Wilma, alongside Denzel. While Pauletta has made numbered appearances in movies like Purlie (1981), Beloved (1988), Antwone Fisher (2002), 90 Days (2016), and Steps (2017), she is well-aware that Denzel is more in the public eye. However, it makes no difference to her.
“When Denzel first started, I was right there, but there was no focus on me. But there’s been no less presence in his life and in my life than now. As you climb, you grow deeper in the foundation, so it makes our foundation deeper.”