Escaping the Shadow of a Famous Ex

It sounds like the fast track to fame: Cozy up to an A-List celebrity and watch your career take off like a rocket, even if the relationship falls apart.

No one knew who Jonny Lee Miller was before he married Angelina Jolie — now, more than 10 years later, he's the star of the new ABC series "Eli Stone." But not every celeb ex has had such luck — who remembers Janet Jackson's quickie husband, James DeBarge? Check out how some famous and not-so-famous celebrity exes have fared since their star-studded relationships.

Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller recently told "The View's" Joy Behar that his "actual full name" is "Jonny Lee Miller-Angelina Jolie's ex-husband." But soon enough, Miller will be known as more than just Jolie's ex — he's the star of the new ABC series "Eli Stone," in which he plays a lawyer troubled by peculiar hallucinations. Miller and Jolie got married in 1996 and parted ways after just one year together. Although his time with the now Mrs. Pitt was short-lived, Miller didn't let that stop him from dating other stars. His list of celebrity girlfriends after Jolie includes Lisa Faulkner and Natalie Appleton. His most recent love interest is actress/model Michele Hicks, whom Miller has been dating since 2006.

Cris Judd

Although Cris Judd has many talents, he's probably best known for his unsuccessful matrimony with Hollywood icon Jennifer Lopez. Judd, an actor and choreographer, met Lopez when he was hired to help choreograph one of her music videos. The pair got close on and off the dance floor and wed in Sept. 2001. But Lopez was a rising star, not about to spend the rest of her life with a man famous only because of her — the couple split in June 2002. Even after the split, Judd was still referred to as Mr. J-Lo. But he became a "celebrity" in his own right in Feb. 2003, when he was selected to star in the short-lived reality show "I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!" Judd added to his fame when he won this celebrity version of "Survivor" and donated the cash prize of $200,000 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Carlos Leon

Carlos Leon was first known for being Madonna's personal fitness trainer. He earned a place in Hollywood's history books for hooking up with the pop icon in 1994 and fathering her first child, Lourdes, in 1996. In 1997, shortly after the birth of their daughter, the couple decided to call it quits. Since splitting with Madonna, Leon has remained largely out of the spotlight. Aside from small roles in "Oz ," "Law and Order" and "CSI," Leon scored a part in the movie "The Big Lebowski," playing Maude's Thug #1. He made his Broadway debut in April 2006, playing Charles Filch in Wallace Shawn's adaptation of Brecht & Weill's "The Threepenny Opera."

Kevin Federline

Kevin Federline may have gained C-List status as the fiance of "Moesha" actress Shar Jackson, but that connection was all but forgotten when he met pop star Britney Spears and started spinning a web of tabloid drama. The pair met while Spears was on tour and Federline was a back-up dancer. After three months of dating, they got engaged and married on Sept. 18, 2004. But two years and two kids later, Spears filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

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