Successful women who chose not to get married

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Greta Garbo (1905-1990) - Greta Garbo, the Swedish-American star, defied the trend of multiple marriages common among the actresses of Old Hollywood.

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Oprah Winfrey - Despite being in a relationship with Stedman Graham since 1986, the media mogul has never tied the knot officially. 

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Diane Keaton - Despite her numerous romantic comedy roles, Diane Keaton has chosen not to get hitched in real life. In 2023, she told AARP, "I don't date."

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Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) - Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, chose not to marry as she believed it was her divine destiny to remain single.

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Clara Barton (1821-1912) - Clara Barton, a remarkable nurse and educator, made the choice to remain unmarried. 

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Harper Lee (1926-2016) - The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1960) remained single.

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Janet Reno (1938-2016) - Janet Reno was chosen by President Bill Clinton to become the first female Attorney General. 

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Shonda Rhimes - Rhimes, the creator of Shondaland and mother to three daughters, has openly expressed her lack of interest in marriage throughout her life.

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Octavia Butler (1947-2006) - Butler was an African-American writer and the only science fiction writer to receive a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. 

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Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995) - Kuhn, an activist from the United States, is famous for establishing the Gray Panthers movement. 

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