This list contains information about straight celebrities who had gay spouses, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous people have married gay spouses. Some of these were marriages of convenience to keep up appearances in Hollywood, while others were unexpected. One famous mother and daughter each married a gay husband.

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Who is the most famous straight celebrity who married a gay spouse? Judy Garland tops this list. The Wizard of Oz actress was married to Vincente Minnelli from 1945 to 1951. Minnelli was believed to be gay, only marrying women to keep up appearances in Hollywood. Like her mother, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli also married a gay man. Peter Allen, to whom Minnelli was married from 1967-1974, came out as gay and was in a long-term relationship with Gregory Connell.

Fran Drescher was married to Peter Marc Jacobson from 1978–1999. They separated when Jacobson revealed that he was gay in 1996. Drescher says, “Our love is unique, rare, and unconditional; unless he’s being annoying.”

Judy Garland

Judy Garland was married to Vincente Minnelli from 1945 to 1951. Minnelli was believed to be gay, only marrying women to keep up appearances in Hollywood.

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher was married to Peter Marc Jacobson from 1978–1999. They separated when Jacobson revealed that he was gay in 1996. Drescher says, “Our love is unique, rare, and unconditional; unless he’s being annoying.”

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher was married to Bryan Lourd from 1991–1994. They divorced when he came out as gay. The couple has one daughter together.

Liza Minnelli

Like her mother, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli also married a gay man. Peter Allen, to whom Minnelli was married from 1967-1974, later came out as gay and was in a long-term relationship with Gregory Connell.

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips was married to Julie Cypher from 1987-1990. The couple split when Cypher announced that she was gay. She was later in a serious relationship with Melissa Etheridge.

Carol Channing

Carol Channing’s husband, Charles Lowe, was believed to be gay. Though estranged for many years, the couple was married from 1956 until Lowe’s death in 1999.

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury’s first husband, Richard Cromwell, to whom she was married from 1945–1946, was gay. They remained friends until his death in 1960.

Berry Berenson

Cat People actress Berry Berenson was married to Anthony Perkins from 1973 until his death in 1992. Perkins was believed to be gay and died of AIDS-related complications.

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae divorced her husband, John Strauss, in 1976 after he came out as gay. The couple had two children together.

Elsa Lanchester

In her autobiography, Elsa Lanchester said that she and her husband, Charles Laughton, never had any children because he was gay. The couple was married from 1929 until Laughton’s death in 1962.

Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake’s husband, Mark Spaeth, was known to be gay. He died from AIDS-related complications in 1985. Blake also died of AIDS four years later.

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Martha Raye

Martha Raye’s seventh husband, Mark Harris, was bisexual. He was also 33 years her junior.

Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor’s husband, the costume designer Adrian, was openly gay. The couple was married from 1939 until his death in 1959. They had one son together.

Charles Bryant

Charles Bryant’s wife, Alla Nazimova, was known to have affairs with women. The couple was together from 1912-1925.

Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave was married to Tony Richardson from 1962 until 1967. The couple had two daughters together, the actresses Joely and Natasha Richardson.