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Creator Couple
People who are creators, whether it be music, film, TV or whatever, are human, and most humans meet their partner through work. This means they will at some point inevitably end up in a romantic relationship with - or sometimes get married to - someone in their creative business. Sadly, these boyfriends/husbands/girlfriends/wives (the latter two are more common for some reason) will sometimes attract that insidious form of Die for Our Ship Fan Dumbness known as Yoko Oh No. And then there's the dreaded Couple Bomb.

A Creator Couple, on the other hand, is the nice, happy opposite to the Yoko Oh No - a trope for the times the opposite happens, when said love interest has something good to contribute to the entertainer's work, and sometimes becomes a key part of said work (but this is not strictly necessary all of the time for the trope), said love interest has his/her own talents and isn't just a useless Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend, and cooler heads prevail and the fandom embraces said love interest without the whole Die for Our Ship bitching. One major downside to this arrangement is that if the couple's romantic relationship ends, the professional relationship usually dies along with it, though there are some exceptions.


Examples:

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  • David Bowie and his entrepreneur/model wife Iman.
  • Author Neil Gaiman and musician Amanda Palmer.
  • Director Cameron Crowe and musician Nancy Wilson (of Heart). From 1986 until 2010, anyway.
  • Since their marriage, recording artist/actress Rebecca Pidgeon has appeared in most of David Mamet's movies (and some plays), and he has written or co-written lyrics to some of her songs.
  • Beastie Boys' Mike D and director Tamra Davis, who, if memory serves right, directed one of their videos.
  • U2's Bono and his wife Ali, who is a fashion designer and political activist.
  • Julia Child's husband Paul did the photography for most of her cookbooks and was heavily involved in her television shows. Among other activities, he was the one who selected the wines to pair with Julia's meals.
  • Writer Shigesato Itoi is married to actress Kanako Higuchi.
  • Singer Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman Black.
  • Also, singer Brad Paisley and actress Kimberly Williams Paisley.
  • Also, singer Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman.
  • Singer Björk and artist Matthew Barney.
  • Actor Katherine Heigl and singer Josh Kelley (who is also the brother of Lady Antebellum co-lead singer Charles Kelley).
  • Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel have enjoyed directing careers, both solo, and as a team. Morton has helmed a number of music videos, while Jankel has directed a number of films and episodes of TV series. Together, they have worked on D.O.A. and Super Mario Bros., the latter of which they were actually removed from the set one day, because they were being incredibly hard on the actors (Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper have both gone on record, saying the couple were responsible for a lot of the misery the actors endured making this movie, with Hoskins even saying the couple's, "Arrogance was mistaken for talent.")
  • Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman officially took over the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise in the late 70s, after they had fallen into obscurity since the passing of Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1972. At the time, Karman was already a producer and actress who worked on mostly sexploitation films, and Bagdasarian was a law student; Karman explained that on their very first date, Bagdasarian approached her about possibily helping him bring the franchise back. Shortly after marrying, the two brought the characters back, and continued to present them in a variety of new albums, singles, animated series and specials, and even live action/CGI movies. The only time the franchise was ever out of their hands was when they sold it off to Universal Studios in The Nineties.
  • Much of Jim Henson's early career was made possible with the aid of his wife, Jane; the two originally created The Muppets together, and worked on a number of different puppetry projects with their creations, such as the locally-produced Sam and Friends, and a variety of commercials for both local and national markets. This continued until the birth of their first daughter, Lisa, when Jane retired from the company she formed with Jim to focus on raising a family.
  • Since Jerry Seinfeld's marriage, his wife, Jessica, has had a considerable amount of input on his various projects. Jessica and their three children served as creative consultants for Bee Movie, and later, Jerry and Jessica co-produced the short-lived NBC series The Marriage Ref.
  • Prior to Allan Arbus' acting career, he frequently worked with his wife Diane - a renowned photographer who was also later the subject of a biopic (portrayed by Nicole Kidman).
  • Country Music singer Shannon Lawson is married to music video director Shaun Silva. He directed the video for her 2005 single "Corn Fed".

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    Art 
  • Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, both famous Mexican painters.
  • Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.
  • Adam Hughes and Alison Sohn.
  • Designers Charles and Ray Eames. A lot of people assumed Ray was Charles' brother.

    Comics 
  • The ElfQuest creators, Wendy and Richard Pini, are a married couple.
  • Marian Churchland, creator of Beast and one of the artists for Elephantmen, and Brandon Graham, creator of Multiple Warheadz and King City. They will sometimes make covers and backup material for each other's comics.
  • Though they're divorced now Lynn Varley did some amazing color work for many of Frank Miller's best comics.
  • Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.
  • Mike Allred, creator of Madman, has his work almost exclusively colored by his wife Laura.
  • Robert and Aline Kominsky Crumb are both underground cartoonists, whenever they do autobiographical comics together they'll draw themselves in their own style within the work.
  • While making Lost Girls, Alan Moore and the illustrator Melinda Gebbie started a relationship and eventually got married.
  • Walt Simonson and Louise Simonson.
  • Stuart Immonen and Kathryn Immonen.
  • The work of penciller Terry Dodson is usually inked by his wife, Rachel.
  • Roy and Danni Thomas.
  • David and Liz Lillie (Dreamkeepers)
  • Karl and Barbara Kesel (now divorced) wrote Hawk And Dove togerher.
  • John Ostrander and Kim Yale, at least until Yale's untimely demise. Among other things, they created Oracle.
  • Len and Glynis Wein until their divorce.
  • Bryan Lee O' Malley and Hope Larson.
  • Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue Deconnick.
  • The Swedish comic Elvis was created by real-life married couple Tony and Maria Cronstam, who based a lot of story arcs on their own life as a couple. Unfortunately, this has led to the comic's cancellation on account of their separation in real life (which also became a story arc).

    Fan Works 

    Film 
  • Marcia Lucas, George Lucas' former wife, was a film editor who played a significant role in the production of the first three Star Wars films. To summarise: She edited A New Hope, advised George during the script-writing stage of all three films, was present throughout production and generally acted as The Heart, emphasising characters and emotions and nicely balancing George's fixation on the technical and visual. Mark Hamill himself admitted that Marcia was the only person who could get George to listen to suggestions or drop an idea. Not for nothing did one biographer call her "George Lucas' secret weapon". After their divorce, George suffered the same fate as Ray Davies.
  • Gale Anne Hurd, James Cameron's first wife, was the producer for The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
    • Then he was briefly married to Terminator 2 star Linda Hamilton.
  • Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.
  • Fritz Lang and his second wife Thea von Harbou, who wrote the screenplays for the majority of his early films including Metropolis and M.
  • Helena Bonham-Carter frequently stars in domestic partner Tim Burton's movies.
    Tim Burton: Get my wife and Johnny Depp on the phone!
    Casting director flips open a phone with two giant buttons labeled "Johnny Depp" and "Helena Bonham-Carter".
    Casting Director: I literally can't do anything else.
    College Humor, "Tim Burton's Secret Formula"
    • Before that, Burton used to cast girlfriend Lisa Marie.
  • Christopher Nolan is married to his film producer, Emma Thomas.
  • Alfred Hitchcock often said he owed a lot of his success to his wife and collaborator film-editor Alma Reville.
  • Clint Eastwood was married to two actresses whom he later directed, Sondra Locke and Frances Fisher.
  • Woody Allen had a 12-year-long relationship with Mia Farrow between 1980 and 1992. She appeared in all the 13 movies he made between 1982 and 1992.
  • Little Miss Sunshine was directed by husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Farris. Earlier, they directed many music videos together.
    • The concept, script and cast of Ruby Sparks, also directed by Dayton and Farris, was developed by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, partners of several years.
  • Frances McDormand is married to Joel Coen and has appeared in six of The Coen Brothers' films, winning an Oscar for Fargo.
  • Zack Snyder has stated that he couldn't imagine making his films without the help of his wife, Deborah Johnson.
  • Drones was directed by Amber Benson and her guy, Adam Busch. Both are most
  • Married couple Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson often work together, with her starring and him directing and/or producing.
  • Robert Downey, Jr..'s wife Susan is the true opposite of Yoko Oh No - his fans tend to love her just as rabidly as the man himself. This is because she has been widely credited, including by RDJ himself, with helping him stabilize after a long struggle with drug addiction, as well as contributing to his Career Resurrection in her capacity as a film producer. In particular, she was instrumental in getting him in front of the Iron Man filmmakers for an audition.
  • John Carpenter and Sandy King.
  • Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews married in 1969, and their marriage lasted until Edwards died in 2010.
  • Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft married on August 5, 1964. Brooks said that "From that day, until her death on June 6, 2005, we were glued together."
  • George Burns and Gracie Allen were married in 1926, and constantly worked together on stage, radio, and finally television, until she retired in the late 1950s, shortly before her death. He never remarried.
  • Ben Stiller often costars with wife Christine Taylor, who usually plays his character's Love Interest.
  • Natalie Portman met her director husband Benjamin Millipied on the set of her movie Black Swan.
  • Actress Judy Garland and director Vincente Minelli. They met on a set of a film and made a few others together while they were married.
  • Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire play a fictional Creator Couple, Josh and Dinah, in The Barkleys of Broadway. They perform a musical comedy act together on Broadway. When Dinah decides to perform roles in serious plays, the two get into an argument over it, but he helps her out by pretending to be someone else and guiding her over the phone to improve her acting. She is a good actor, but only when she has a good director.
  • Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, besides being Those Two Actors and having great on-screen chemistry with each other, also had an enduring romantic relationship which they never spoke publicly about, since Tracy was married (and technically estranged since he wouldn't divorce her because he was a devout Catholic) to actress and fundraiser Louise Treadwell. The two never appeared in public together when there wasn't a publicity reason for it, and Hepburn neither attended Tracy's funeral nor even spoke acknowledged their relationship until Treadwell had passed on.

    Literature 
  • Lev Tolstoy's wife, Sofia, not only helped him raise their 13 children, but was also his copy editor for all his manuscripts (she ended up copying, by hand, the complete manuscript of War and Peace 9 to 11 times).
  • Science fiction authors Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore became writing partners after they married. Kuttner excelled at plotting and world-building, while Moore excelled at literary style, and their collaborative works combined both their strengths.
  • David and Leigh Eddings: The Belgariad and The Malloreon were credited only to David, but in his later work he acknowledged his wife's input, giving her co-author status.
  • Stanley and Janice ("Stan" and "Jan") Berenstain are most famous for their series of children's books about a family of bears.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson relied heavily on his wife's advice when writing. The story about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde goes that after she read his first draft and told him to rewrite it as an allegory, he burned the manuscript so that he wouldn't be tempted to keep any of what he had.
  • Several married authors (such as the above listed and DJ MacHale) often have their spouses read their material as beta readers and for creative advice. In several instances, this pays off well.
    • An example of this is Stephen King. His wife, Tabitha, is a published novelist in her own right, and he frequently credits her critiques for improving his work.
      • Possibly the most notable example was when she pulled the first pages of Carrie out of the trash and persuaded him to finish it by promising to fill in what he didn't know about teenage girls.
    • Ditto Vladimir Nabokov and his wife, Vera, to whom he often dedicated his books.
    • Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss' sophomore books: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The History Of Love, respectively, were dedicated to each other and are so similar that critics are convinced that the two consulted with each other while writing them.
  • An unusual example is Nicci French, who is/are actually a husband and wife writing team (real names: Nicci Gerrard and Sean French). They write alternate chapters and then rewrite each other's texts.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was edited by her husband, renowned poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
  • F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were each Jazz Age authors, though not at the same time. As Kate Beaton notes, they each contributed to one another's Creator Breakdowns.
  • Michael Grant and K. A. Applegate developed and wrote the Animorphs, Everworld, and Remnants series together, though Applegate's name appears on the covers alone for simplicity reasons. They now mostly work on their own separate YA series.
  • Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, who collaborated on Fall of the Kings.

    Live Action Television 
  • Battlestar Galactica's resident vocalist, Raya Yarbrough, has been involved with the resident composer, Bear McCreary, since the two were in college at USC, and McCreary credits her as being a guiding influence in his life. The two collaborated on all four seasons of Galactica, and married in 2010.
  • Gene Roddenberry's second wife, Majel Barrett, played several roles in the various Star Trek series, most notably Nurse Christine Chapel in The Original Series and Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation, and provided the voice of the onboard computers in all series and movies until her death in 2008 - she also provided the computer's voice in the 2009 movie, having recorded her lines before dying. Notably, she was cast as first officer Number One in the original pilot, but NBC torpedoed the entire idea - they weren't really enthusiastic about the idea of having a woman in an important role, but were mostly pissed at Roddenberry for casting his girlfriend in the role.
  • Francesca Buller, Ben Browder's wife, played four different characters on Farscape.
  • John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth created and wrote Fawlty Towers together. By the time of the second season, they divorced, but still could work together effectively.
  • Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (best known for Space1999) married and then divorced during the decade-and-a-bit they were producing shows together.
  • Jed Whedon (younger brother to Joss Whedon) and his wife Maurissa Tancharoen not only co-wrote Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog with Joss, but also wrote several episodes of Dollhouse together (which are considered by fandom to be some of the best) and are currently writing season 2 episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Several tracks of Jed's first album, History of Forgotten Things, also features Maurissa on vocals.
  • Castle creator Andrew Marlowe based the show on his own relationship with his "muse", his wife Terri Edda Miller. She is also a writer, and wrote some of the best-loved episodes of the show.
  • Sue Vertue has served as producer on several of her husband's shows. Their courtship was of course fictionalized in the show Coupling.
  • Michael Chiklis has credited his wife with changing his image from the tubby, well-meaning figure in The Commish to the lean, muscled Bad Ass in The Shield.
  • Also from The Shield, the series was created by Shawn Ryan. His wife, Cathy Cahlin Ryan, played Vic's long-suffering wife Corinne.
  • Christa Miller has had roles in two of her husband Bill Lawrence's shows: a guest role that became recurring on Scrubs and a starring role on Cougar Town.
  • Will Arnett and Amy Poehler frequently end up working on the same projects, frequently in a romantic pairing. Their first appearance together was on Arrested Development (where she played the girl that GOB married while drunk), and the most recent in the American dub of The Secret World Of Arrietty (as the title character's parents). Perhaps the most Squick-worthy was in Blades of Glory, where they played a brother and sister... and still were romantic partners.
  • Tina Fey met her husband, Jeff Richmond, when they were both at Second City, she as an improv-er and he as a pianist. Since then they've worked together in some capacity at both Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.
    • This trope also applies to 30 Rock writers and cast-members John Lutz and Sue Galloway (Lutz and Sue)
  • Mary Tyler Moore and her then-husband Grant Tinker were this during The Seventies.
  • Probably one of the oldest TV examples was Desilu Studios with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, whose marriage lasted from 1940 to 1960.
  • Betty White was married to Allen Ludden (best known for hosting Password) from 1963 until his death in 1981.
  • Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury, was produced by her second husband, Peter Shaw.

    Music 
  • This trope is older than many think: opera composer Giuseppe Verdi's second wife was Giuseppina Strepponi, a popular soprano who had worked with him before.
  • Sharon Osbourne has served as Ozzy's manager since The Eighties, helping him get over his substance abuse and gain continued success.
    • His Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler and successor Ronnie James Dio are/were also managed by with their wives, Gloria and Wendy, respectively.
  • Rasa Davies contributed backing vocals to several songs by The Kinks, including their widely-acclaimed "Waterloo Sunset", and generally served as a peacemaker during conflicts between Ray Davies and the rest of the band. Oh, and after Ray divorced her The Kinks put out their worst albums.
  • Gaby "Deaffy" Hauke, married to Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann, used to manage the band and wrote the lyrics to most of their songs between Balls to the Wall and Predator.
  • Famous Record Producer Steve Lillywhite's wife was Kirsty MacColl. Apart from being a musician in her own right with reasonable critical acclaim, MacColl would frequently drop by the studio when Lillywhite was producing some band and add backing vocals. Two of the most famous examples of this are her backing vocals for "Ask" by The Smiths and her lead vocal on "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. Additionally, while Lillywhite was mixing U2's The Joshua Tree, MacColl was brought into the studio to come up with the album's sequencing. She simply placed the songs in order of her favourites, but the sequence ended up on the final product.
  • Marvin Gaye's first, and famously troubled, marriage was to Anna Gordy, the elder sister of Motown Records' founder Berry Gordy. While it was a reasonable assumption that Gaye did it in order to get signed as a recording artist, especially considering Anna was 17 years older than him when they married, Anna did help him gain a contract with Motown and helped him work in the studio when he was "too lazy". So, what did Marvin do next? Openly had an affair with a woman 17 years younger than him which resulted in two children, dragged out the divorce proceedings for two years and proceeded to whine and bitch about how his wife was evil and shit on Here, My Dear (note: this doesn't necessarily mean that Here, My Dear is a bad album). What the fuck, hero?
  • Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon got married in 1984, and were Happily Married until they separated in 2011.
  • Eric Rosse produced Tori Amos' albums Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink, coincidentally her most critically acclaimed albums.
    • When they broke up, Tori released Boys for Pele, which is considered one of her best works by fans.
  • Tom Waits' wife Kathleen Brennan helped him quit drinking and has co-written a majority of his songs starting with Swordfishtrombones.
  • The Cramps vocals and guitar two-punch creative team of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy.
  • The Clash's guitarist Mick Jones once had a relationship with Ellen Foley, and the trope goes both ways here. Foley, already known for being an actress and contributing vocals to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf, sang backing vocals on The Clash's song "Hitsville U.K." and the turbulent relationship inspired Jones to write the very popular "Should I Stay or Should I Go". Thanks to the relationship, all four members of The Clash (along with members of Ian Dury's band The Blockheads) appeared on Foley's album The Spirit of St. Louis and Jones produced it, credited as "my boyfriend".
  • The wife of Raine Maida, lead singer of Our Lady Peace, is Chantal Kreviazuk, a well-known Canadian singer and songwriter. They have shared songwriting credits on each others' albums, done a few songs together, and Chantal can be heard towards the end of the OLP song "Thief".
  • Gillian Gilbert, New Order's keyboard player, is married to the band's drummer, Stephen Morris.
  • Tina Weymouth and Chris "The Human Drum Machine" Frantz are Happily Married and were the rhythm section for Talking Heads. They also had their own project, Tom Tom Club.
  • Jason Pierce's girlfriend, Kate Radley, played keyboards in his band Spiritualized between 1990-1997.
  • In Arcade Fire, the married couple Win Butler and Régine Chassagne provide vocals.
  • ABBA was made up of two romantic couples: Bjorn and Agnetha, and Benny and Frida. The men wrote and produced the songs while the women provided the lead vocals. Unfortunately, both couples' subsequent divorces led to the band's prolonged hiatus that will one day end and there will be much rejoicing. Really.
  • Pop duo Boy Meets Girl was singer Shannon Rubicam and keyboardist/singer George Merrill. They have continued to collaborate since their (apparently amicable) divorce in 2000.
  • Cerys Matthews and Mark Roberts, the singer and lead guitarist of Catatonia, were in a relationship when the band began, and split up around the time of International Velvet. Although the band continued, it made for some interesting sexual tension. Cerys also had a relationship with Tommy D, who produced the aforementioned album.
  • Fleetwood Mac's John and Christine McVie were married, and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were in a relationship. It didn't last. Then Nicks had an affair with Mick Fleetwood. That didn't last either.
  • Inverted with The White Stripes. Jack and Meg made great music while after they were married and seperated.
  • Also inverted with Epica. The two most well-known members of the bad, Mark Jansen and Simone Simons, were in a relationship when the band was founded but broke up before their first album was released. Both remain in the band who are now onto their sixth album.
  • Alt-country duo The Handsome Family are married couple Bret and Rennie Sparks. The two almost always co-write their songs, with Bret setting Rennie's lyrics to music.
  • Keyboardist Keith Godchaux and lead singer Donna Godchaux of the Grateful Dead were a married couple until Keith's death.
  • Paul McCartney and his wife Linda from Wings count as a rare example of both this trope and Yoko Oh No.
  • Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins.
  • Blues musicians Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie. You might know them as the writers of "When the Levee Breaks".
  • Brody Dalle, of The Distillers and Spinnerette, is married to Josh "Bad Ass Queens of the Stone Age frontman" Homme. She sometimes sings backing vocals on QOTSA albums.
  • Natasha Shneider and Alain Johannes of Eleven. All the sources about them can't seem to agree whether they were married or just partners, but they were awesome. Also worked as producers and session musicians for a lot of alt-rock bands (Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, etc.)
  • And back to the Beastie Boys, Ad-Rock is married to Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill. Sadly she hasn't showed up to drop science on any albums so far...
  • Ryan Lum and Suzanne Perry of Love Spirals Downwards.
  • The band Deas Vail- Wes Blaylock is the lead singer and his wife Laura Blaylock plays keyboards and sings as well
  • Harry Chapin's biggest hit, "Cat's In The Cradle", was a poem written by his wife, Sandy Cashmore, that he set to music.
  • June Carter, twice. Her first marriage was to country singer Carl Smith (with whom she had Carlene Carter, who had a few minor country hits in the early 1990s). Her third and most famous marriage was to Johnny Cash, to whom she was married from 1968 until her death in 2003.
  • Country music duo Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan. As evidenced by their edits to their own Wikipedia page, they're still together despite having had no hits since the mid-70s.
  • Sleeper's Louise Wener went out with John, the band's guitarist, and Andy, the band's drummer. Not at the same time, fortunately.
  • Celine Dion is married to the man who discovered her and later became her manager.
  • Little Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence is married to Chantal Claret of Morningwood, who shows up on a few tracks on MSI's album If.
  • Hov and B.
  • Judie Tzuke romanced and later married band member Paul Muggleton (formerly of the band Omaha Sheriff), who wrote/co-wrote some songs for her over the years.
  • Blackmore's Night consist of Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night, a long-term couple although only recently married.
  • Singer and former Soft Machine drummer, Robert Wyatt, is married to Alfreda Benge who designs his album covers and also co-writes many of his songs.
  • Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, the main songwriters of The Vaselines, were a couple until after the release of their first full album. The two of them broke up after that, and the band itself followed suit. While they're no longer a couple, they did eventually reform the band.
  • Within Temptation has Robert Westerholt and Sharon den Adel as two of its members, on lead guitar and lead vocals, respectively. While not technically married, after 16 years together, three kids and five albums, they are likely to be one the most solid creator couples, or just couples out there.
  • John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X were the band's vocalists and songwriting partners, and remained so even after their mid-1980s divorce.
  • Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie. Like John and Exene, they've continued to collaborate musically after they broke up; in fact, they remain best friends.
  • Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel of Mates of State are married. And it makes their music ADORABLE.
  • Singer Tracy Thorn and DJ/remixer Ben Watt got married shortly after forming Everything But the Girl. As of 2000, however, they've taken a hiatus from working as EBTG to raise their children and pursue other musical endeavors.
  • Stereolab's two founding members, Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, became a couple at about the same time they started the band. They separated in 2004, but continued working together until 2009, when they put Stereolab on hiatus.
  • Reba McEntire is managed by longtime husband Narvel Blackstock.
  • Patty Loveless is married to her producer, Emory Gordy Jr., who also plays bass for her.
  • Rosanne Cash was originally married to singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell. Since 1995, she has been married to record producer John Leventhal.
  • Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Before that, he was married to Janis Oliver, who recorded with her sister Kristine in Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. (And before that, Yearwood was married to Robert Reynolds of The Mavericks.)
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
  • Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
  • Baillie & the Boys is an interesting variant, consisting of Kathie Baillie, husband Michael Bonagura and third member Alan LeBoeuf, the latter of whom was temporarily replaced with Roger McVey.
  • Richard and Linda Thompson were a duo for many years before they divorced.
  • Shania Twain was married to her record producer and co-writer, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, until 2008.
  • Peter Christopherson and Jhonn Balance of COIL. They eventually broke up, but continued to work together until Balance's death in 2004.
  • This trope is quite common in the world of classical music:
    • Composers Robert and Clara Schumann (Clara premiered many of her husband's works, and made her living touring as a piano soloist)
    • Cellist/conductor Mstislav Rostropovich and soprano Galina Vishnevskaya
    • Conductor Claudio Abbado and violinist Viktoria Mullova
    • Conductor Daniel Barenboim and his first wife, the famous cellist Jacqueline du Pré
    • Bass Ivo Vinco and mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto (they divorced in the end; after 40 years of marriage!)
    • Bass Nicolai Ghiaurov and soprano Mirella Freni
    • Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and soprano Natalie Dessay
    • Bass Ildar Abdrazakov and mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina
    • Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's first wife was a cellist; until his death in 2012 he was married to the soprano Julia Varady
    • Tenor-soprano couples are also frequent: Montserrat Caballe & Bernabe Martì, Roberto Alagna & Angela Gheorghiu, Fabio Armiliato & Daniela Dessì, etc, etc.
    • Baritone Victor Maurel had a wife who wrote operetta libretti for Victor Herbert under the nom de plume Fred de Gresac.
  • Annie Lennox and David Stewart became romantically involved while in the punk bands "The Catch" and "The Tourists". The romantic relationship ended, but they still went on to become Eurythmics.
  • Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker of Sleater Kinney for a while, although they later split up. Their bandmate, Janet Weiss, was in Quasi and Elliott Smith's backing band with her now ex-husband, Sam Coombes.
  • Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian, respectively the singer and instrumentalist in the group Niyaz, are married and have a son.
  • Pat Benatar is married to her long-time lead guitarist Neil Giraldo.
  • Jim "#4" Root of Slipknot and Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil have been dating since 2008.
  • Low's only constant members have been married couple Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums and vocals).
  • Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, known as Ashford & Simpson, wrote many R&B/ Disco hits throughout the 60s and 70s. Their most famous songs include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and "I'm Every Woman", sung by Chaka Khan. They were married for over 40 years until Nickolas Ashford's death of throat cancer in 2011.
  • Subverted by the Silversun Pickups. They used to be this, as indicated by the original name "A Couple of Couples," but a lineup change made the moniker a Nonindicative Name.
  • Frank Black and his wife Violet Clark have made music as a duo under the name Grand Duchy, where they act as a Vocal Tag Team. She's also contributed bass and backing vocals on Frank Black solo material, and designed the cover of his album Honeycomb.
  • Elvis Costello's second wife Cait O'Riordan, formerly of The Pogues, also appears on some of his records. His third wife, jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall, has covered his song "Almost Blue."
  • Lee Ann Womack met this trope twice. She was originally married to Jason Sellers (Ricky Skaggs' bassist at the time, and later a solo singer and songwriter), and has been married to record producer Frank Liddell since 1999.
  • Lynn Bellmore (née Anderson) of Da Yoopers is also a double example. Around the time she married Jerry Coffey, he joined as a percussionist and occasional vocalist (he debuted on the 1988 album Camp Fever). She divorced him after he left the band, then married guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Bellmore.
  • Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook of country music vocal group Little Big Town married in 2006, about 8 years after the group was founded.
  • Lorrie Morgan met the musical variant four times: first with a bassist in George Jones' band, then Keith Whitley, then Jon Randall, then Sammy Kershaw. She was also briefly married to Clint Black's bus driver, and had romantic involvements with both Troy Aikman and senator Fred Thompson. Randall himself later married singer-songwriter Jessi Alexander, probably best known for writing Miley Cyrus's "The Climb".
  • Emily Fortney of country music group Carter's Chord is married to Marc "Butter" Fortney, formerly of the group Trailer Choir. Interestingly, both acts were signed to Toby Keith's Show Dog-Universal Music at the time.
  • Ego Likeness consists of husband and wife Steven Archer and Donna Lynch.
  • Country musician Ricky Skaggs has been married to fellow singer Sharon White (who also records with her sister and father as The Whites) since 1982.
  • Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter were married. Their son, Shooter Jennings, is also a country singer.
  • Canadian indie music darlings John K. Samson (The Weakerthans) and his wife Christine Fellows occasionally collaborate and are Writers in Residence at the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program for 2012-2013.
  • Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright (who had several hits in the duo Johnnie & Jack, plus his own solo hit "Hello Vietnam").
  • Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina in The Evens.
  • Singer-songwriter Matraca Berg is married to Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
  • Country singer Jessica Andrews (an early-2000s One-Hit Wonder best known for "Who I Am") is married to Marcel Chagnon, a former hockey player who did some recording of his own and now mainly directs music videos.
  • Mackie Osborne, wife of Melvins' Buzz Osbourne, is an artist who has designed the artwork for most Melvins albums released since 1994, as well as many of the band's official t-shirts. Outside of her work with Melvins, she's designed album art for the likes of Tool, Rancid, Bad Religion, and Mr Bungle.
  • Kay Swift was one of the few female composers on Tin Pan Alley, though she settled for being George Gershwin's musical assistant after a few years. Paul James, who wrote the lyrics to her songs, was the pen name of her husband, James P. Warburg, a prominent banker and later diplomat.
  • Thompson Square is a Country Music duo composed of husband and wife Kiefer and Shawna Thompson.
  • Joey + Rory is another married country duo: songwriter Rory Lee Feek and his wife, Joey Martin Feek.
  • Country Music singer-songwriters Trey and Robin Lee Bruce. Trey is a son of Ed Bruce ("You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had") and has written songs for Faith Hill and Randy Travis, while Robin was a One-Hit Wonder in 1990 (as just Robin Lee) with her cover of Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet" before also turning to songwriting.
  • Country music singer Sarah Buxton is married to session guitarist Tom Bukovac.
  • Wynonna Judd is married to Scott "Cactus" Moser, drummer for Highway 101.
  • Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie of Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Creatures fame were married from 1991-2007.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the WWE, there's Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, the current head writer. Despite Triple H having a lot of influence on his bookings, Vince McMahon still has the final word on everything.
  • In Japan, Kensuke Sasaki and Akira Hokuto.
  • A historical example from Japan, Shohei "Giant" Baba and his wife Motoko. She spent most of her adult life playing his "bad cop." This came back to bite her after his death, with almost all of Baba's Japanese roster joining an untested startup led by top draw Mitsuharu Misawa.

    Real Life 
  • First ladies up until the modern age would usually be "seen and not heard", staying completely out of the limelight and concentrating on private matters while their husbands would govern the country/the state. However, this trend began to reverse and resulted in some notable examples:
    • Edith Wilson played a significant role after her husband suffered a debilitating stroke in October 1919, taking over numerous routine duties and, most importantly, decided which matters of state were more important and should be brought to her husband's attention. This caused a moderate constitutional crisis (since First ladies aren't elected) and helped lead to the 25th Amendment several decades later.
    • Eleanor Roosevelt was a prominent author, politician and activist both during her husband's presidency and after his death. She was an activist for civil rights, worked to enhance the status of working women (notably chairing the groundbreaking Presidential Commission on the Status of Women), traveled heavily and was one of the people who drafted the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
    • Lady Bird Johnson was a public supporter of environmental protection.
    • Pat Nixon, surprisingly given her reputation as something of a Stepford Smiler. Nixon was the first wife of a Presidential candidate to actively campaign for her husband, spoke out in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment and Roe V. Wade and often made solo diplomatic trips abroad. Notably, she was the first First Lady to enter a combat zone (eg. South Vietnam) and the most-traveled First Lady prior to Hillary Clinton.
    • Betty Ford supported women's rights and was one of the first public figures to raise awareness of breast cancer and alcoholism. Her candid comments on Flame Bait topics such as drugs, abortion and gun control also set a precedent. Notably, she had a bigger approval rating than her husband.
    • Nancy Reagan is famous for her "just say no" message in the anti-drug movement.
    • Hillary Clinton was often viewed as her husband's second-in-command, was largely responsible for creating and pushing for his health care plan, and has become such a major national and international figure and in her own right that she has her own page. She was also the first - and so far only - First Lady to have offices located in the West Wing, as opposed to the traditional East Wing. Her staff was collectively known as "Hillaryland." She was elected to the Senate while her husband was still president, and started her own presidential campaign in the 2008 election to become the Democratic Party nominee, but lost in the primaries to Barack Obama. After he was elected president, she was appointed his Secretary of State.
    • Michelle Obama has spearheaded campaigns for organic gardening and against childhood obesity.
  • Emperor Justinian I and Theodora ruled the Byzantine Empire together. He's regarded as one of the empire's best rulers.
  • Marie and Pierre Curie shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Antoine Henri Becquerel) for their work on radioactivity. Their daughter Irene Joliot-Curie later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935, shared with her husband, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, making this a Creator Family.
  • King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

    Theatre 
  • George Balanchine choreographed many ballets for his second wife, Vera Zorina.
  • Kurt Weill married, divorced and later remarried Lotte Lenya.
  • Pick one of Vincenzo Bellini's more frequently performed operas and the only one with a libretto not written by Felice Romani will be I Puritani (written by Carlo Pepoli).
  • Elmer Rice's second wife, Betty Field, played the leading role in three of his plays.
  • Dancer Donna McKechnie and director-choreographer Michael Bennett. Bennett cast McKechnie in lead dancing roles in Promises Promises, Company and A Chorus Line, though their actual marriage only lasted a few months.
  • Writer and playwright Jean Kerr occasionally collaborated with her husband, stage critic Walter Kerr.

    Sports 
  • Tennis Players Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi
  • Countless professional ballroom dancing couples are also romantically involved.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • Yan "Kern" Gagne and Mary "Kite" Garren of Drowtales work on the series together, and originally met through the roleplay section of the site.
  • DeBray and Tracy Bailey of Catena.
  • Mel Hynes and James Grant of Two Lumps.
  • The Life of Nob T. Mouse was all but dead until Jennifer Kirk pushed its creator, Zoe Robinson, into resurrecting it. Now they both work on the comic and have created All Over The House together, too.
  • Yuko and Ananth of Johnny Wander, though their relationship seems so downplayed you'd think they were Platonic Life Partners
  • Questionable Content's Jeph Jacques' business manager is his wife, Cristi.
  • morphE is created by a couple of couples. Creator/Artist Alexis Royce is married to lead writer ChibiSilverWings while CG Artist Shadowednavi is married to compiler Craig Bayfield. morphE is literally a labor of love.
  • Terra's Holly Laing and Drew Dailey were working on the comic before their wedding and put it on a brief hiatus for the ceremony and honeymoon.
  • Girl Genius is written by husband/wife team Phil and Kaja Foglio.
  • MSF High is written by Wraith and drawn by Aakashi, who, while not officially married, have been together for about a decade as of this writing.

    Western Animation 


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