“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Karyn Parsons-Rockwell and Alexandre Rockwell found each other on the set of the 2002 film “13 Moons,” and they married the following year. Alexandre is a director/producer best known for “The Soup.” The two have proven to be a powerouse creative couple.
Karyn played teenager Hilary Banks on “The Fresh Prince” but has since become a writer. The couple returned to film in 2020 with “Sweet Thing.” Karyn and their two kids starred. It won the Crystal Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival. It sounds like those talent genes have successfully been passed on to the next generation.
Michael Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada
Khatira Rafiqzada was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She had a brief acting career, preferring a quiet lifestyle and being a stay-at-home mom. They have tried to keep their lives private, especially for their children. But Michael is a doting father and loves sharing about it on Instagram and Twitter.
Michael and Khatira began dating in 2008. The “Think Like a Man” star tied the knot with her after four years of dating. The super-secret ceremony happened in L.A. in 2012. More than a decade on, and the pair is as in love as ever. Like many Hollywood couples, the Ealys keep a pretty low profile, but every time they show up at an event together, you can see how perfect they are together.
Brian Musso and Heather Headley
Brian Musson is an investment banker these days after a short run with the New York Jets. His wife, Heather Headley, brings home the bacon and is a loving mother of their two sons. The pair met in college where she was a musical theater major at Northwestern University, and he played ball.
The actress and Grammy-winning gospel singer appeared in “Chicago Med,” “Sweet Magnolias,” and Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” reboot. Headley was born in Trinidad, but at age 15 moved with her family to Indiana. And it's safe to say that it's all been uphill from there.
Leslie Uggams and Grahame Pratt
This couple sorted through their share of hate mail, but they definitely came out on top. They met in Sydney, Australia, when they were barely in their 20s. Leslie was concerned about the difficulties they would face as a mixed couple stateside. And she knew Grahame Pratt would not understand race in America in the 1960s.
Leslie Uggams made a splash winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe in the iconic 70s TV miniseries “Roots.” She has a Tony award for “Hallelujah, Baby!” Most recently, she’s in “Deadpool” and “Empire.” They married in 1965 and settled down in N.Y.C. These days, it’s easier.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were brave, indeed. It was taboo in the 40s for a white woman to marry a Latino man from Cuba. They pitched shows as a comedy duo, but doors closed on them. Finally, they opened their own studio, and “I Love Lucy” became one of the most iconic sitcoms on television. Desilu Productions was incredibly successful. It took on “Star Trek,” for example.
Unfortunately, Desi was unfaithful to his wife. She turned her head, resenting it, and he acted as if it was his right, refusing to stop. They were married for 20 years until the 1960 divorce.