They come from all walks of life – business, law, medicine and the arts. Some pairs share the same passions; others complement each other. But they all have one thing in common: Singly, they’re terrific. Together, they’re a dynamic duo.
Darsie Alexander and David E. Little – She: Is executive director of the Katonah Museum of Art and former chief curator of the Walker Art Center in Baltimore. He: Is curator of photography and new media and Photography & New Media Department head at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They: Are used to long commutes.
Mary and David Boies – She: Was general counsel for the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board, a CBS vice president and a founding partner of the law firm Boies & McInnis LLP before joining Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He: Is chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner and has represented numerous high-profile clients, including late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, Gen. William Westmoreland and then -Vice President Al Gore (in the 2000 presidential election case, Bush v. Gore). They: Have two children and a passion for philanthropy, donating $5 million to Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco for its new emergency room.
Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson and Geoff Thompson – She: Is the creative force behind the public relations firm Thompson & Bender and formerly a Miss America contestant, (as Miss New Jersey) and vice president of marketing for the Gannett Suburban Newspapers (now The Journal News). He: Is head of Thompson & Bender’s government relations and crisis management efforts, operator of Thompson’s Cider Mill and Orchard in Croton-on-Hudson and another GSN alumnus (as a news reporter). They: Have a dog named Molly.
Ursula M. Burns and Lloyd Bean – She: Is chairman and CEO of Norwalk-based Xerox; the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company; the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company; and, according to Forbes, the 22nd most powerful woman in the world. He: Was a research scientist at Xerox, whom she has credited for much of her success. They: Have two children and live in Manhattan.
Louise and Vince Camuto — She: Is an interior designer, has been described as his “muse” (by Vince himself) and “secret weapon” (by pal Tommy Hilfiger). He: Is co-founder of Nine West and chief creative officer and CEO of the Camuto Group – whose expertise extends to BCBGMAXAZRIA, BCBGeneration, Lucky Brand, Tory Burch and the billion-dollar Jessica Simpson brand, not to mention his own. They: Have a blended family of five, plus one grandson and a trio of spectacular homes.
Kylie and Louis R. Cappelli – She: Is the owner of Lilli Pilli Health Bar in White Plains. He: Is the real estate developer (Cappelli Enterprises Inc. in Valhalla) who has transformed much of WAG country but particularly downtown White Plains with the addition of City Center, The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. They: Are members of one of Westchester’s leading families.
Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein – She: Is an actress and co-founder of the fashion label Marchesa. He: Is an Oscar-winning film producer (“Shakespeare in Love”), a multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical producer (“The Producers,” “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” “August: Osage County), co-founder of Miramax Films and co-chair (with brother Bob) of The Weinstein Company. They: Live on both coasts with their two children.
Jayni and Chevy Chase – She: Is founder of the Center for Environmental Education, helping grammar- and high-school students and teachers go green. He: Is Chevy Chase (founding “Saturday Night Live” member, actor, Emmy Award-winning writer) and you’re not. They: Are the parents of three.
Jenny du Pont and Pierre S. du Pont 5th – She: Is the president and CEO of The Garden Conservancy in Garrison, helping preserve America’s exceptional gardens for public enjoyment and enlightenment. He: Is a financial consultant and scion of Delaware’s well-known political and industrial family. They: Share a Hudson River-town home with their children. “After being ‘all over the place’ professionally,” she told May WAG, “it was good to come back to the river towns….We didn’t consider any other place.”
Judith and Andrew Economos – She: Is a sculptor and painter of sensuous nudes and horses. He: Is a financier, owner of the Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville and partner (with Rafael Palomino) in Palomino in Larchmont, both of which are graced with Judith’s work. They: Have a son, a foundation and a magnificent home transformed by their art and woodwork.
Libby and Sam Edelman — They have been “sole-mates” for 25 years – first with Esprit, then with Sam and Libby and now with the Sam Edelman brand, creating 18 shoe styles that have sold more than a million pairs.
Randy Florke and Sean Patrick Maloney – He (Florke): Is a renovator of country homes whose real estate business was featured in an A&E reality series. He (Maloney): Is the first openly gay U.S. Congressman. They: Married this summer in the Hudson Valley with their three children looking on – a very modern family.
Fredrica S. And Stephen J. Friedman – She: Is president of Fredrica S. Friedman & Co. Inc., a full-service literary management firm, and was the first woman to serve as editorial director, associate publisher and vice president of Little, Brown & Co. He: Is president of Pace University, and formerly dean of Pace Law School, chairman of American Ballet Theatre and senior partner and co-chair of Debevoise & Plimpton. They: Have a daughter, Vanessa, who is fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times.
Susan Gilgore and Dr. Gavin X. McLeod – She: Is executive director of the landmark Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire-style homes in America. He: Is an infectious diseases physician and director of Continuing Medical Education at Greenwich Hospital as well as an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. They: Have a blended family of four girls and a love of the arts and great food.
Martha and Richard B. Handler: — She: Is board president of the Wolf Conservation Center and a WAG alumna. He: Is chairman of the board and CEO of the Jefferies Group, making him the longest-serving Wall Street CEO, and CEO and director of Leucadia. They: Have four children.
Darci Kistler and Peter Martins – She: Is a member of the faculty of the New York City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet and one of the last of the Balanchine ballerinas. He: Is NYCB’s ballet master in chief, the hand-picked successor to company co-founder and legendary choreographer George Balanchine and one of the greatest dancers in ballet history. They: Have one daughter.
Ricky and Ralph Lauren – She: Is an author, artist, photographer (“Ricky Lauren The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History”). He: Is a fashion designer, philanthropist, car collector and creator of a classic American style and multibillion dollar corporation. They: Are the parents of three, including RL Magazine founder David.
Sondra Lee and Gov. Andrew Cuomo – She: Is a Food Network chef and author who promotes a “semi-homemade” approach to cooking. He: Is governor of New York and formerly New York attorney general and U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development (during the Clinton Administration). They: Share a home with an all-American vibe.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds – She: Is an actress (“Gossip Girl,” “Green Lantern”), fashion It Girl and self-styled domestic diva. He: Is an actor and embodiment of superheroes (“Green Lantern,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”). They: Are expecting their first child to go along with their four-legged one, a Maltese-Poodle mix.
Cathy and Gov. Daniel P. Malloy – She: Is an advocate for the arts and victims of sexual assault, including stints as executive director of The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education and chairman of the Stamford Arts in Education initiative. He: Is governor of Connecticut and formerly Stamford mayor (the longest-serving in the city’s history) and Brooklyn assistant district attorney. They: Have three sons.
Sarah McNear and Ian Wardropper – She: Is deputy director of Aperture Foundation, with 30 years of experience in museums and cultural nonprofits, specializing in photography. He: Is director of The Frick Collection and has curated more than 20 exhibits in his specialties of European sculpture, earlier decorative arts and 20th-century design and decorative arts.
Janet Maslin and Benjamin Cheever – She: Is book critic for The New York Times and the former chief film critic there, contributing the kinds of reviews (“Titanic,” Joyce Carol Oates’ “A Widow’s Story”) that generate buzz, as well as president of the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville. He: Is a freelance journalist; an editor (“The Letters” of fiction writer John Cheever, his father); a TV host (“About Writing”); and a writer’s writer, creating works of fiction (“The Good Nanny”) and nonfiction (“Selling Ben Cheever”) that often capture the existential angst of the literary life. They: Have two sons and two pooches.
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi and Raj K. Nooyi – She: Is chairman and CEO of Purchase-based PepsiCo Inc. and the 13th most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes; He: Is president of AmSoft Systems and former manager at Hewlett-Packard Co. They: Have two daughters, one of whom attends the School of Management at Yale, Indra Nooyi’s alma mater.
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger – She: Has a new line of oversize luxury Italian handbags whose covers can be reversed or taken off for a fresh look. He is the founder of the eponymous Yankee Doodle label and reality TV star (“The Cut”) and consultant (“American Idol”). They: Have one child.
Clara and Mariano Rivera – She: Is pastor of their Refuge of Hope church in New Rochelle. He: A Yankee legend, is the greatest closer in baseball history and a philanthropist, funding programs in his native Panama and startup churches there and in Florida, California, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. They: Have three children, including Mariano III, who was drafted by the Yankees.
Virginia M. and Mark Rometty – She: Is chairman and CEO of Armonk-based IBM, the first woman to hold a title that has been considered the pinnacle of management. He: Is an intensely private principal investor in Bam Oil Co. They: Divide their time between New York and Florida, Broadway and scuba-diving.
Esmeralda Santiago and Frank Cantor – She: Is a memoirist (“When I Was Puerto Rican,” “The Turkish Lover”); an inspirational novelist, who completed her epic “Conquistadora” three years after suffering a stroke that affected her ability to read and speak for a time; and an inveterate volunteer for public libraries, the arts and battered woman. He: Is a writer, director and producer of documentaries (“Crusade for Awareness,” “Twin Stories”). They: Are the founders of CANTOMEDIA, an award-winning film and media production company.
Stephanie Seymour and Peter M. Brant – She: Is a supermodel, best-known for her work in Victoria’s Secret campaigns and the pages of Vogue, Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. He: Is a magazine publisher (Interview, Art in America), art collector, film producer (the new “The Homesman”) and founder of the Greenwich Polo Club. They: Are parents of three, with Brant bros Peter and Harry already making a name for themselves in the fashion mags and on the red carpet.
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller – She: Is an actress and comedian. He: Is the über-mensch actor, comedian and filmmaker (“Night at the Museum,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Tropic Thunder”) as well as philanthropist. They: Have two children.
Pamela Thomas-Graham and Lawrence Otis Graham – She: Is the chief marketing and talent officer, and head of Private Banking & Wealth Management New Markets at Credit Suisse AG; a member of the executive boards of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG; and the author of “Blue Blood,” “Orange Crushed” and “A Darker Shade of Crimson,” a series of “Ivy League Mysteries” published by Simon & Schuster. He: Is special counsel at Cuddy & Feder LLP, focusing on corporate and real estate law, as well as land use and governmental affairs; an author of 14 books; and a commentator on “News 12.” They: Have three children and divide their time between Manhattan and WAG country.
Audrey Ronan Topping and Seymour Topping – She: Is a photojournalist, documentary film writer, author and a 2014 PROSE Award winner for her book “China Mission.” He: Is an author, Columbia University professor emeritus and former managing editor and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. They: Have five daughters born in Saigon, London, Berlin and Scarsdale.
Fran and Barry Weissler – She and he: Are the seven-time Tony Award winners (“Pippin,” the revivals of “Chicago,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Annie Get Your Gun”). They: Share a Central Park West condo, along with a dramatic place in Westchester, complete with its own amphitheater, and a love of art and restaurants.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas – She: Is an Oscar- (“Chicago”) and Tony Award-winner (“A Little Night Music”). He: Is an Oscar-winning actor (“Wall Street”) and producer (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”). They: Have two children and hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2003.