Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Hollywood's Most Unlikely Marriage
Hollywood marriages (in general) are oftentimes seen as somewhat of a joke by fans. And often, the age discrepancies with certain Hollywood couples also leave many fans wide-eyed, wondering (and taking bets on) how long certain unions will last. That's why the marriage of actress Phoebe Cates and Oscar-winner Kevin Kline is all the more amazing. Despite a 16-year difference in age, the two have been married now for 16 years and have two children together -- a 14-year-old son named Owen, and a nine-year-old daughter named Greta. Phoebe Cates, now 41, was only 18 when she made her film debut as the "experienced" girl alongside then fellow novices (and future Oscar-winners) Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage in screenwriter (and future Oscar-winner) Cameron Crowe's 1982 coming-of-age cult classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. At the time, she was every guy's dream date and became something of the "It" girl in Hollywood, also starring in Joe Dante's Gremlins in 1984 and Bright Lights, Big City alongside Michael J. Fox in 1988. She met (and began to date) Kevin Kline in 1983 when she tried out for the part of Cloe in The Big Chill, a part which ultimately went to Meg Tilly. In 1986, while I was talking with playwright/comedic actor Wallace Shawn in the lobby of the Public Theater in NY, I spotted Cates attending Kline's performance as Hamlet. She was 22 at the time, he was 39. The couple married three years later, just as Kline received the Oscar for his performance in A Fish Called Wanda. Cates predominantly became a stay-at-home mom, but did come out of "retirement" in 2001 to play a small role opposite Kline in the film The Anniversary Party, as (what else?) his wife!