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Pauletta Washington and actor Denzel Washington arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. ‘The Book Of Eli’ held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 11, 2010 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images)

Uncle Denzel has been married to his wife Pauletta for 35 years. Hot damn, they barely do it like that anymore, so how do he and Pauletta do it?

“I do what I’m told. I keep my mouth shut,” he joked to People magazine.

Smart man.

But in all seriousness, Denzel admitted that there are too many things to account for when it comes to making a marriage a success, giving his wife credit for doing what he calls “the heavy-lifting.”


“What pops into my head: security, food, a beautiful home. The difference between a house and a home, it’s a big difference,” Denzel told People. “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.”

Uncle also had some few choice words to say about his wife’s cooking, especially her curry chicken (yum), which Denzel has tried to replicate, but has failed.

“She has a few . I’ve been eating her curry chicken since I’ve known her,” he said. “I used to make it too, but not as good as hers.”

But Denzel refused to spill the deets on what his masterpiece in the kitchen is, not wanting to be caught slipping by the queen of course.


“No, let’s not go there. I don’t want to get caught lying,” he told People.

Earlier this year, Deputy Managing Editor Yesha Callahan interviewed Denzel and video producer Danielle Young interviewed Pauletta, and got them both to talk about how they first met. Needless to say, there’s two sides to every story.

Denzel Washington has been a Hollywood heartthrob since the mid-’80s. He’s also been happily married to his wife, Pauletta, since 1983, recently sharing just how much he loves and appreciates his queen after celebrating 35 years of marital bliss this past June.

When asked what’s the key to maintaining a marriage, Denzel Washington jokingly told PEOPLE, “I do what I’m told. I keep my mouth shut!”

He went on to praise Pauletta Washington for being the ideal wife and mother to their children, listing just a few of the things he appreciates about his better half.

“There’s too many things! 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.”

The Equalizer 2 star even got specific in which of his wife’s dishes he loves most.

“She has a few . I’ve been eating her curry chicken since I’ve known her,” he said. “I used to make it, too, but not as good as hers.”

When it comes to his own skills in the kitchen, he says, “No, let’s not go there. I don’t want to get caught lying!”

Denzel Washington Attributes His Long Marriage To “Keeping His Mouth Shut”

PETA’s attempt at putting the NFL on blast over a rejected Super Bowl ad is having the opposite effect on the public. The human rights organization has been catching backlash for appropriating Colin Kaepernick’s message for a bizarre new commercial featuring numerous animals taking a knee —including insects, rodents, reptiles and fish.

“The NFL’s problem with Colin Kaepernick’s protest has apparently extended to PETA’s new Super Bowl LIV commercial,” the organization announced on Friday (Jan. 31).

PETA claims to be paying “homage” to Kapernick by showcasing a “variety of animals — from a bee to a bear to a bald eagle — ‘taking a knee’ while the national anthem plays, ending with the message ‘Respect is the right of every living being #EndSpeciesism.” PETA alleges that the NFL pressured Fox to reject the ad, TMZ reports.

According to PETA, the ad challenges “speciesism,” which they describe as a “supremacist worldview” that allows humans to disrespect animals.

“Our patriotic Super Bowl spot envisions an America in which no sentient being is oppressed because of how they look, where they were born, who they love, or what species they are. It sends a message of kindness—one that the NFL should embrace, not silence,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.

The commercial was called out for being tone-deaf, and for co-opting a gesture that is meant to bring attention to racial injustice and police brutality.

Read some of the reactions to PETA’s ad below.

Given PETA’s history of appropriating symbols of black social & political struggle, I guess I shouldn’t be shocked by this.

But I’ll admit it. I didn’t see “Super Bowl commercial where a grizzly bear takes a knee” coming.

— Dr. Joshua Bennett (@SirJoshBennett) January 31, 2020

Yea, PETA fucked up again AND made the fish kneel But did you know that PETA also made the snake kneel?

— 🐈Cat”can’t get any sleep”cupcake🐈 (@Catcupcake64) January 31, 2020

How y’all take a gesture that’s symbolic of black Americans’ fight against police brutality, apply it to animals & think it’s a good idea???

— Acacia (@kayoticcc) January 31, 2020

Gentle reminder that PETA supported AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio who tortured prisoners, including migrant detainees, because he also forced prisoners on a meatless diet to cut costs.

— Rebecca Pierce #BlackShabbat (@aptly_engineerd) January 31, 2020

Are you comparing police brutality on African Americans to me eating bacon??

— Mat (@matchu_chutrain) January 31, 2020

Question: Did PETA ever support the human, Colin Kaepernick and the people who lost their lives, for whom he CONTINUES to protest for?

— L E F T, PhD ⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) January 31, 2020

Everything We Know About Denzel Washington’s Four Children

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Denzel Washington, one of the most beloved actors working today, returns to theaters this weekend with the first movie sequel of his entire career, The Equalizer 2. Washington consistently turns in solid performances in his movies, even if the films themselves aren’t necessarily universally praised.

In his personal life, Washington has been married for over 30 years, and he has four children. So what do we know about Washington’s kids? How old are they, and what do they do?

Washington’s oldest child is also the most well-known of his kids: 33-year-old John David Washington, who followed in his father’s footsteps to become an actor. At least, that’s what he’s doing now; he previously played football for the St. Louis Rams and the California Redwoods.

However, John David began acting in 2015 when he landed a main role on the HBO series Ballers. He plays an NFL player named Ricky Jerret on this series in which Dwayne Johnson portrays a financial manager. More recently, John David began acting in films, although only one of the movies he has done has been released so far: Love Beats Rhymes, a film by RZA that also starred Azealia Banks.

In addition, he actually has four films coming out this year: Monsters and Men, Monster, BlacKkKlansman, and The Old Man & the Gun. Of those roles, the most significant is in BlacKkKlansman, the latest film by Spike Lee. John David stars in the lead role of an African-America detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.

Technically, John David’s first acting role was actually in his father’s 1992 film Malcolm X; he showed up as a child in one scene.

Recently, Denzel Washington said that he’s thankful his son isn’t playing football anymore. He told PEOPLE, “He’s had I don’t know how many concussions, a broken collar bone, a torn up knee and Achilles . No, I’m glad it’s over.”

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Denzel Washington’s next oldest child is his daughter, Katia Washington, who is 30 years old. Although not an actor, Katia has worked in the film industry as well. According to her IMDB page, her first gig was as a production assistant on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. She was also an assistant to director Nate Parker on The Birth of a Nation, as well as an assistant on one of her father’s films, The Equalizer, and an associate producer on his film Fences.

In an interview with GQ, Washington said that his daughter is “digging her independence” and that “I can see myself in her.”

Denzel has another daughter, Olivia Washington, who is 27 years old, and she is also an actor. Most of her roles have been fairly small, but she has appeared in major films and TV shows like The Butler, Empire, Mr. Robot, and Chicago P.D.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Denzel Washington revealed the advice he gave to his daughter. He says he told her that because she’s a black woman, she needs to learn how to become a triple or quadruple threat, i.e. learning multiple skills like acting, singing, dancing, etc.

“I said: ‘Look at Viola Davis. That’s who you want to be,’” Washington explained. “‘Forget about the little pretty girls; if you’re relying on that, when you hit 40, you’re out the door. You better have some chops.’”

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Finally, Washington also has another son, Malcolm Washington, who is Olivia’s twin. He played basketball at the University of Pennsylvania, according to ESPN, but like the rest of his family, he also got involved with entertainment as well. According to The USA Today, he graduated in 2013 with a degree in film studies, and he later graduated from AFI Conservatory, a graduate film school.

At the time of Malcolm’s graduation, Denzel joked, “I hope one day he hires me.”

Actor, director, producer, and the multi-talented Denzel Washington has played in many roles during his illustrious career. After making his acting debut more than two decades ago, this two-time Oscar winner, and devastatingly handsome actor is still unstoppable, and memorable to many fans and new moviegoers. Washington starred in the television drama “St. Elsewhere” in the 1980s and was nominated for an Oscar in the film “Cry Freedom.” He became the first African-American to pick up two Academy Awards and he received 3 Golden Globes and a Tony Award for Fences.The native from Mount Vernon, New York, also won the Best Supporting Actor Award in 1989 for “Glory.” He picked up his second Oscar (Best Actor) in “Training Day.” Some other great films to his credit are as follows: “Philadelphia,” “The Book of Eli,” “Safe House,” “The Pelican, Brief,” “Crimson Tide,” and “Courage Under Fire.” You might not know that Washington was sent to military school, and this could be the reason he’s been drawn to play several roles as military personnel. He has played Major Ben Marco in “The Manchurian Candidate,” and Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Serling in the role in “Courage Under Fire.”

The beginnings were humble for this larger-than-life star. His mother Lennis was worried that her son would get into the wrong crowds, so she made a decision to enroll him into prep school. She believed that doing this would help her son to focus in the arts, sports, music, keep him off the streets, and thrive. Washington shared how his mother always would pray for him, and Heaven answered. Not only did her son remain off the streets, but he did consider becoming a preacher and reads his Bible daily. He often wondered if he should have chosen a professional career as a pastor, and admitted that a part of him wishes he took a job in the pulpit. But he said it was important to do good as a Christian while he was working in Hollywood. Washington has pushed ahead, and has continued to defy odds by being married to his wife Paula Pearson since 1983, something that is rare in Hollywood. Need some more Washington? Here are 11 cool facts on the man that still has “it” and who is letting his faith still shine.

He won a talent show.

Washington stunned his audiences at YMCA summer camp, and at the Boys & Girls Club. He was encouraged to consider acting. He would later return to Fordham University and graduate with a B.A. in Drama and Journalism.

He is a spokesperson.

Washington has been a national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Club. After school he spent time at the club to play sports.

He loved Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston kept turning down the role of Julia Biggs in “The Preacher’s Wife,” but did that stop Washington? No! He kept calling her up for a year before she agreed.

He does his own stunts.

Washington does own stunts! In 2010 for “The Book of Eli” he did the fighting scene sequences, and loved it. He is one tough guy!

He went to military school.

Washington went to military school when he was 14. His parents sent him to Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York. The school is now closed, but the actor credits the experience for helping him to stay out of trouble since he was spending time with some kids, who were getting into mischief.

A word from God.

Washington was 20 and was struggling in college at Fordham University in the Bronx, when he received a prophecy at his mother’s beauty salon. “You’re going to speak to millions of people. You’re going to do great things,” a customer wrote on a piece of paper. He doubted it, since he was flunking out of college. Things turned around and today he still has the piece of paper to remind him that God has his back.

His dad was a pastor.

Washington told Parade magazine that his dad was a Pentecostal minister, who had two churches. “My father had a job, and he also had two churches.” He went on and shared his father a spirit-filled man until he passed away in 1991.

He has a bad pinky finger.

During a game of basketball as a kid, Washington broke his pinky finger. It is still crooked and bent 45 degrees from his other fingers. His pinky finger was never set back right, but we never really noticed, or care!

True beauty.

Denzel has the perfect face! Newsweek did a piece in the 1990s on facial symmetry, as this is an indicator of attractiveness. The author used Washington as a prime example of perfection. The symmetry of one’s face is what makes one the most attractive. The article was called “Biological Basis of the Perceptions of Beauty,” and Washington had the factors that makes him perfect. He had the perfectly centered nose perfectly aligned eyes, lips, and ears. Symmetry, we guess is considered much more powerful, and profound than almost anyone ever imagined. We have no arguments here.

He is a typical dad.

Washington ran errands and took his four kids to all sorts of sports and school events. He said that family was life and entertainment was fantasy. Being famous is not his focus, taking care of the people in life are.

He battles with wanting to be a preacher sometimes.

Washington always had the nagging thought that he compromised by choosing to do entertainment. “A part of me still says, ‘Maybe, Denzel, you’re supposed to preach. Maybe you’re still compromising,’” he said during an 1999 interview.

Denzel Washington has always been good on the eyes, and we look forward in watching him for years to come. We will leave you with some sage advice from Washington. “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.” Maybe this is why he has succeed so much. What makes him fascinating is his faith as well. He credited prayer guiding him in selecting projects and in every day decisions. Reading the Bible has continued to be an important aspect for him in life as well. “I don’t know how many years ago, just reading the Bible from cover to cover. And started with the New Testament and went back to the Old Testament, and went back to the New Testament. In fact, today I just finished the Book of Acts, where Paul is back in Rome and living in Rome and preaching, teaching. So that’s how I start my day every morning,” he said in an interview with Beliefnet.

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Despite the pressure as an A-list celebrity, Hollywood star Denzel Washington never forgot to use his platform to spread the Word of God. He often talks about his faith and credits his success to the grace of God. Though the road to fame was not easy for Denzel…

Denzel was born December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the son of Reverend Denzel Hayes Washington, Sr. a former pastor, and Lennis “Lynne” a beauty parlor owner. He loved both his parents but he was closer to his father.

“My father, my earthly father, Denzel Washington Sr. was a pastor for the Church of God in Christ for 60 years. I know he’s smiling in heaven, seeing his son doing the best I can do today, by the grace of God,” he told St. Louis American.

Denzel spent his early years in the church, however, when he became a teenager, things started to fall apart in his life. He befriended the wrong kind of guys and often got involved with fights. And then at the young age of 14, his parents got divorced.

Denzel’s concerning behavior drove his mom to send him to Oakland military academy in a bid to straighten him out. Then, an unexpected thing happened while he was at the academy.

“I had flunked out of college. I had a 1.7-grade point average. I had no future… I was sitting looking in the mirror and I see a woman behind me sitting under the dryer. Of course, the voice of God always comes from under a dryer. She said, ‘Young man, you are going to travel the world and speak to people. Now mind you, I was 20 years old, with a 1.7-grade point average and had flunked out of school. She said, ‘you are going to preach,’” Denzel explained.

Although he understood what the woman said, he didn’t go straight back to God and instead took a slight detour. Denzel studied medicine at Fordham University, but after graduation, he realized being a doctor wasn’t for him.

While still reckoning what to do next, Denzel took a job creative arts director at the YMCA in Camp Sloane.

“The counselors there put on a talent show for the kids. I put together these little poems and rhymes and skits for the kids in my cabin, and we stood up on stage and did our bit. After the show, this guy named Miles Joyce came up to me and said, ‘Man, you ever thought about being an actor?’” he said.

It was a slow start for him but throughout all the ups and downs, God remained by his side. Through God’s favor and the gifts and talents he’s been bestowed by his Heavenly Father, Denzel has become one of the biggest actors in the world. He’s won three Golden Globe awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his film Glory and Best Actor for his role in Training Day.

In an interview with Charisma News, Denzel said, “There’s never been a time where God didn’t direct, protect, and correct me. There may have been times where I was less than faithful to Him, but He had faith in me.”

Denzel also told Evangelical Focus, “Number one, put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me and everything you think I’ve accomplished and everything you think I have… everything I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift.”

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This article was written by Christel Berns Villariza.

Denzel Washington Responds To Divorce Rumors

Earlier this week we posted about the present Ebony article highlighting the marriage of Denzel Washington and wife as well as their Christian beliefs. Well, a media source started a vicious viral story stating that Denzel was cheating and they have pictures to prove it. The pictures have not surfaced, but the story went viral quickly! Denzel Washington’s camp has released this statement in response to the internet allegations:

Denzel Washington has hotly denied rumors of an impending divorce from Pauletta Washington, his wife of 30-years.

Alleged photos of the the Oscar-winning actor kissing the same mystery woman with whom he reportedly flirted with at a recent house part in Malibu are said to be doing the rounds at various media outlets, prompting stories of an imminent split.

A representative acting on behalf of the 58-year-old has since denied the rumors and insists the couple – who have four children from their three decades of marriage – are not filing for divorce.

“They are not divorcing, not separating,” the rep told Gossip Cop.

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For the last 36 years (yes, 36 years!) award-winning actor and director Denzel Washington and his wife, actress Pauletta Washington’s marriage has not only served as one of Hollywood’s longest lasting relationships but has also been one of the most successful marriages in the black community.

It has served as one of the best examples of black love next to President Obama and First Lady Michelle’s romance. No matter how many rumors come year after year trying to shatter the couple’s positive image, they continue to celebrate their love with class and grace.

Here is their story of Black love while sharing wisdom from their journey with us all.

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Denzel and Pauletta met in 1977 while the actor was filming his first TV role in Wilma – which she was also starring in.

“I don’t know if it’s show business that has a monopoly on divorce, it’s just that you hear about it,” explained Denzel. “I just think that you have to work at it. Not give up on each other. It’s a commitment. It’s not all the honeymoon, it doesn’t last forever, so you work at it. And hopefully you’re good friends first, that might help!”

When speaking about his wife on a recent episode of the T.D. Jakes Show, Denzel can’t stop complimenting his better half.

“She has done the heavy lifting. She has been the consistent one. She has given the daily religious instruction. She was the one taking them to school, while I was out providing.”

“I grew up in athletics, but my wife’s family had a great education. My wife was a child prodigy. I married up! Her family had a love and a closeness that I didn’t have. I came from a broken home and I said I have to have that.”

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Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta have been married for nearly 35 years, and it’s safe to say they’ve picked up some words of wisdom along the way. Although it hasn’t always been an easy road for the couple, thanks to awkward first dates, rejected proposals, and Hollywood divorce rumors, they’ve managed to make their marriage much stronger, while also raising four successful kids. Here’s the story of how they met, and what life has been like for the stars since then.

They meet on set, leading to a funny first date

The couple met in 1977 while filming the television film Wilma, and started dating about a year after they first met. Denzel shared the story of their first date on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and explained why he and Pauletta still argue over who paid for the date.

Third time’s a charm

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Several years after that disputed date, Denzel was ready to pop the question, but Pauletta initially turned him down. In an interview with Access Hollywood, the couple playfully argued about how many times he had to propose. Denzel originally said he had to propose twice, but his wife corrected him and said it was actually three times.

Denzel, still unsure, asked, “Why was it twice … Why would I have to ask again?”

“Because I said no,” Pauletta fired back.

“You heard it here first,” Denzel said. “She turned me down, she said no. And since it was three times, that means she turned me down twice.”

Thankfully, the third time was the charm, and the couple married on June 25, 1983.

They grow their family and focus on a stable home life

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Denzel and Pauletta had their first child in 1984, a son named John David. Two years later, they had a daughter, Katia, and then in 1991 they had twins Olivia and Malcolm.

Fatherhood is clearly a responsibility that Denzel takes very seriously. When doing press for his latest film, Roman J. Israel, Esq. (which earned him the Best Actor nomination in this year’s Oscars), he talked about the importance of having a father figure.

“It starts in the home,” he said to theGrio. “If the father is not in the home, the boy will find a father in the streets. I saw it in my generation and every generation before me, and every one since.”

“My children are good people,” he said in an interview with The Guardian. “They are not perfect but they are generous and humble and kind. My wife did that.”

Now, all four children are following in their parents’ footsteps and pursuing careers in Hollywood, both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

They renew their vows in a romantic ceremony in South Africa

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In 1995, the couple renewed their vows during a romantic trip in South Africa. Well-known activist and archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated the ceremony.

Of his long-lasting marriage, Denzel said in a 2010 Guardian article, “There is no secret to the perfect marriage. I have been married 27 years to Pauletta. Everybody has their ups and downs; we’ve had ours. It’s hard work, you know. But we made a commitment. A spiritual foundation helps everything – marriage, work, peace of mind.”

Pauletta echoed the idea of a strong foundation, saying to The Root, “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.”

In the face of divorce rumors, they remain committed

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Like nearly all celebrity couples, Denzel and Pauletta have weathered their fair share of rumors about infidelity and divorce. In 2013, there were reportedly pictures of Denzel kissing another woman, spurning rumors that the couple was headed for divorce. Both Denzel and Pauletta denied the rumors, but acknowledged that marriage can be a lot of work.

“I don’t know what statistics are, or I don’t know if people in show business have a higher rate of divorce, but I just think that you have to work at it,” Denzel wrote in a Reddit AMA. “Not give up on each other. It’s a commitment. It’s not all the honeymoon, it doesn’t last forever, so you work at it. And hopefully you’re good friends first, that might help!”

In June, the couple will celebrate 35 years together

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In a November interview, People Magazine noted that Denzel and Pauletta are set to celebrate their 35th anniversary in June 2018. They asked how early he starts planning the celebration or gift, and his response was hilarious.

“Don’t put no pressure on me now, don’t put no pressure on me!” Washington joked. “Go on, interview is over! Gotta go!”

We’re sure he’ll think of the perfect anniversary gift for her.

Denzel Washington’s Wife, Pauletta Washington, Is An Actor Herself

Denzel Washington is nominated for aGolden Globe for Best Actorfor his lead role as Troy Maxson in the August Wilson play-turned movie Fences, in which the brilliant Viola Davis plays his long-suffering wife, Rose. In real life, Denzel has also been married for many years, but quite happily, to a wonderful woman. Denzel Washington married wife Pauletta Washington (née Pearson) in 1983. And though he has been one of the biggest movie stars in the world in the decades they’ve been together, Pauletta has stayed more under the radar to raise their big family. But, she has recently gone back to the stage, so the world will be seeing more of her.

Pauletta and Denzel met on the set of Wilma, a television film in 1977. In an interview with Wendy Williams in 2011, Pauletta discussed why she put her career on hold when they married: “When I became pregnant, I had such a stable childhood… coming home and seeing my mom. I wanted to be home and create a home,” she said. That first child she was pregnant with was John David Washington, who was briefly a football player and is now an actor. The couple have had three more children since: Katia, Olivia, and Malcolm.

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In that same interview, Pauletta also told Williams that she wouldn’t consider herself an actor, but rather a musician (even though at the time she was there to promote an off-Broadway show she was doing).

Since then, she has gone back to the stage. In November 2016, she appeared in a production of a play called Autumn, which was about race, class, gentrification and family — a very timely piece. Talking to The Root, she discussed her role as a strong, powerful woman, the first lady to a mayor of an unnamed city. Pauletta also had high praise for Denzel’s Fences, saying that it gave her chills.

Since her IMDb shows Pauletta has some projects in the pipeline herself, the Washingtons could become a double threat in Hollywood very soon.

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Washington made his feature film debut in the comedy A Carbon Copy (1981). He also appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions and in television movies before being cast in a starring role in the hit television medical drama St. Elsewhere (1982–88). Washington grabbed his first of five Oscar nominations for Cry Freedom (1987), playing real-life South African apartheid martyr Steve Biko. He later won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Glory (1989).

Washington appeared in several notable films throughout the 1990s, including Spike Lee collaborations like the jazz outing Mo’ Better Blues (1990) and biopic Malcolm X (1992), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Other projects from this era included The Pelican Brief (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Courage Under Fire (1996) and The Hurricane (1999), for which he received a Golden Globe for best actor and another Oscar nomination.

In 2001, Washington received his second Oscar (this time in a leading role) for the cop thriller Training Day. The following year, he directed his first film, the biographical drama Antwone Fisher, in which he also co-starred. Washington would once again step behind the camera for the historical The Great Debaters (2007), which profiled a winning African-American debate team.

Several hits followed, including Man on Fire (2004), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Lee’s Inside Man (2006), which co-starred Jodie Foster and Clive Owen. Washington also starred as Frank Lucas, a real-life heroin kingpin from Harlem, in the 2007 film American Gangster, opposite Russell Crowe. In 2009, Washington starred as MTA Dispatcher Walter Garber in the remake of the classic film The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, co-starring John Travolta.

Washington has continued to explore a range of roles. He starred in the 2010 futuristic tale The Book of Eli. That same year, Washington won a Tony Award for his work in Fences, a revival of the August Wilson classic drama. He landed a $20 million payday for the 2012 action thriller Safe House, in which he played a CIA agent gone rogue, and the film grossed more than $200 million worldwide. In 2012 Washington appeared in the comparatively low-budget drama Flight, earning accolades and his sixth Oscar nomination for his performance as a pilot with substance abuse problems. He then teamed up with Mark Wahlberg for the 2013 crime drama 2 Guns and had another action hit in 2014 with The Equalizer.

In early 2016, Washington received the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at its annual Golden Globe telecast. Later that year he directed and starred in the film adaptation of Fences. For his on-screen role in the film, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actor.

Why Denzel Washington’s son giving his mother Pauletta her due is so important

Now this is the mother of all shout-outs.

“BlacKkKlansman” star John David Washington was quick to credit his mom as much as his Oscar-winning dad for inspiring his acting career in a recent “Today” show interview. He interrupted MSNBC anchor and “Today” weekend cohost Craig Melvin’s remark about “getting started in this business being the son of Denzel Washington” to add in “and Pauletta Washington!” He then highlighted his mother’s many achievements, such as being a classically-trained pianist who went to Juilliard.

“Pauletta Washington — who was earning more money than he was when they married … before they got married, she was on Broadway working,” said Washington, 34. “She paid for the first date. She paid the bill, paid the cab ride … She’s a great artist in her own right and I learned a lot from her.”

Pauletta, 67, has appeared in the 1998 film “Beloved,” and played the piano in 2002’s “Antwone Fisher” and worked on the soundtrack of 1993’s “Philadelphia” starring her husband and Tom Hanks. She’s also acted in TV shows such s 2017’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” and the children’s series “Happily Ever After” in the ‘90s.

“My father taught me how to hunt, my mother taught me how to love,” Washington added.

His heartfelt message to his mom resonated with other famous mothers across social media, including Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who tweeted,”This just made me cry like a baby … honor thy father AND thy mother … You are born of kings and queens.”

This just made me cry like a baby. That’s right johndavidwashington honor thy father AND thy mother ettappw You are born of kings and queens. #Denzel #Pauletta #JD

— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) August 18, 2018

Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles chimed in on Instagram that, “I love how John David reps hard for his mom! Just warms my heart. Pauletta is an exceptional entertainer, wife and mother. Today we salute you Pauletta.” And Jada Pinkett Smith also praised “A son and his love for his mother” on Insta, sharing the same “Today” show clip.

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So glad Octavia posted this, i have been trying to get it off of Youtube for two weeks😂 (I am technically challenged you know) I love how John David reps hard for his mom! Just warms my heart. Pauletta is an exceptional entertainer, wife and mother. Today we salute you Pauletta❤️❤️

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This is key because research reveals that gender bias has led to too many women’s achievements being overshadowed by those of men. For example, a 2015 Harvard study found that women economists who co-authored papers with men were less likely to receive tenure compared to women who wrote their own papers; the male authors got more credit.

A 2005 American Psychological Association report also found that men receive more credit than women for joint work on stereotypically male tasks; on average, both male and female participants rated the female worker as less competent than the male by more than 1.5 points on a nine-point scale, and less influential by more than one point.

Pauletta Washington at the Ladylike Foundation’s 2018 Annual Women Of Excellence Scholarship Luncheon. (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

And a 2016 Cambridge study on gender and language in Olympic sports writing found that male athletes are discussed two to three more times in the press than their female counterparts in their sports. That report hit at the same time as the Rio Summer Games, when such gender bias in media coverage included NBC’s Dan Hicks credited Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu’s world record and gold medal in the 400m individual medley to her husband/coach, “the guy responsible for turning Katinka Hosszú, his wife, into a whole different swimmer.” And when Chicagoan Corey Cogdell won a bronze in women’s trap shooting, the Chicago Tribune didn’t even use her name in tweeting her accomplishment, but instead cited her husband’s job and marital status with the tweet, “Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics.”

Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 7, 2016

But some guys are getting it right. Denzel Washington has also praised his wife of 35 years in interviews, such as a 2016 “T.D. Jakes Show” appearance where he admitted, “I grew up in athletics, but my wife’s family had a great education. My wife was a child prodigy. I married up!”

Denzel Washington accepts with Cecil B. Demille Award with his family during the 2016 Golden Globes with his wife Pauletta (second from l.) and children including son John David (far r.) Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

And Justin Timberlake made sure to give his wife Jessica Biel her due at the Golden Globe Awards in January. When NBC’s Natalie Morales and Carson Daly asked JT about his upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the singer demurred that he was there to support his wife, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for “The Sinner.”

Plus, services like the Engaging Educator are now offering workshops to get women to own their accomplishments, such as two-hour workshop, “UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass.”

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Are Denzel Washington & Wife Pauletta Getting A Divorce?

Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta have been Black love goals for decades – but rumors are swirling that their relationship may not be so picture perfect.

Sources claim Denzel and Pauletta are almost ready to call it quits. Once source says the 33-year union is a “show marriage” that is “on its last legs.” Another insider says Denzel has “been caught stepping out several times,” The Jasmine Brand reports.

The 61-year-old star and his 66-year-old wife have four adult children together and built a legacy as a couple. Just earlier this year, Denzel and Pauletta threw a lavish party with entertainment’s heavy hitters to raise money for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Let’s hope that Denzel and Pauletta Washington can work things out, for the sake of inspirational Black love if nothing else.

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Denzel Washington has achieved many successes in his life as an accomplished actor and globally-acclaimed Black American celebrity but what he considers to be his biggest life achievement isn’t a movie or anything remotely close to his many years of entertainment.

Pauletta Washington (L) and Denzel Washington (R) speak on stage at the 30th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/WireImage)

Denzel, as a guest of honour at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award gala tribute in Hollywood, told reporters while on the red carpet that his biggest lifetime achievement is his wife of 35 years.

Pauletta Washington is her name. Yes, Denzel regards his wife as his life’s greatest achievement and it is intriguing why that is the case.

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Well, we all seem to want to know even more about this successful wife of everybody’s favourite Denzel, far beyond the fact that both of them have had one of the most successful model marriages in the industry spanning decades.

So, here are some interesting things we have gathered on Pauletta Washington that makes her the greatest achievement of Denzel.