Who Are the Wives of Kobe Bryant, Jeff Bridges and 8 Other Celebrities? [PHOTOS]

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Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic
Christian Bale married Sandra "Sibi" Balzic, a former model in 2000. The couple have a daughter, Emmeline, together and live in Los Angeles. "Making movies takes so much time, and it ain't just the time that you're filming, the character's going home from the first day of shooting. She's had to be married to so many different characters over our marriage, and some women might say, 'Hey that's great! Variety is the spice of life.' I know that it truly would be impossible to do it without her, and she's such a good strong woman. I owe everything to her," Bale has said of his wife Sibi. Pictured here British actor Christian Bale, best supporting actor nominee for his role in "The Fighter," and his wife, Sibi Blazic, arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Behind every great man, there's a woman... but you may not always know who she is.

Many celebrity wives behind famous actors and athletes hide from the limelight even though they likely have a profound influence on their husbands' lives and happiness.

We take a closer look at several famous actors and athletes, including Jeff Bridges, Kobe Bryant, Russell Crowe, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon, to find who their lesser known wife is and how the pair first met.

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