Willem Dafoe Was Dating The Mother Of His Son For 27 Years But Married Another Woman A Year After They Had Met

October 7, 2019

Did you know that actor Willem Dafoe was dating the mother of his child for 27 years and never married her?

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In 1977, Willem Dafoe and theatre director Elizabeth LeCompte became romantically involved, and five years later, she gave birth to a son, Jack. Though the two remained partners for almost three decades, they parted their ways in 2004 and were never married.

The only reason for not getting committed lied in Elizabeth's principles. Dafoe once admitted that marriage meant "ownership" for her, and the two never tied the knot. Willem respected her choice, but later, he became more interested in married life than she was, and so, they separated.

In 2005, the Hollywood actor got married to Italian director and screenwriter, Giada Colagrande. The couple met in 2004 in Rome, and that year, Dafoe popped up a question. In an interview with The Guardian, he stated:

We were having lunch, and I said: "Do you want to get married tomorrow?" I called up City Hall, and they said: "If you get here in the next couple of hours, you can register, and then you can get married tomorrow." So we ran down there.

Willem Dafoe and Giada Colagrande got hitched on the following day with two witnesses and their best friends: his manager and her editor.

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Together, the couple has no children, and they are totally fine with it. The 64-year-old loves his much younger wife, saying they are "inseparable."

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The Shadow of the Vampire star joked he hasn't "finished" yet to be a dad. In a 2009 interview with The Telegraph, Dafoe conceded:

Who says I'm finished yet [to be a father]? Just a joke. Well, my wife is still young enough, and I have no qualms about being an older dad.

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Willem Dafoe and Giada Colagrande split their married life between three cities: Rome, New York, and Los Angeles. Nonetheless, they seem happy with each other, and it's all that matters!