Hollywood’s longest-lasting marriages

We have already written about shortest celebrity marriages, famous people who got married young and divorced and so on. All these things are quite common in Hollywood – another week, another split. However, some celebrities do manage to keep their marriage rock solid for years. These couples obviously know the secret of happy long-term relationship.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson








Most of us know actor Tom Hanks from his blockbuster movies, but it was during the filming of one of his lesser-known films, Volunteers that he started a relationship with co-star Rita Wilson. They first met in 1985 and tied the knot in 1988. Tom and Rita have two children.

Meryl Streep and Don Gummer








The woman who has been called the greatest actress of our generation seems to have a handle on her personal life as well as her prolific career. Streep and Gummer, who have four children, met through her brother Harry. They got married back in 1978. Streep’s marriage secret: “Goodwill and willingness to bend — and to shut up every once in a while. There’s no road map on how to raise a family: it’s always an enormous negotiation. But I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can’t imagine eschewing one for the other.”

Denzel and Pauletta Washington

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Denzel met his future wife, Pauletta Pearson, on the set of the television film Wilma in 1977. They were married on June 25, 1983. After having four children, the couple renewed their wedding vows in 1995 in South Africa. Denzel’s long-lasting marriage is most likely due to his healthy philosophy: “Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.”

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan

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Like many celebrity couples, actor Michael J. Fox and actress Tracy Pollan first starred together (in the popular TV sitcom Family Ties) before getting married in 1988 and having four children. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and went public with the news in 1998. Since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Tracy says their marriage has changed…in a good way. “When we were first married, he was so busy working all the time,” she says. “So, in some ways, it’s made him a lot more available.”

Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack








Tom and Jillie got married in 1987 and have one daughter, Hannah Margaret. Selleck explained why his marriage is so successful: “Hopefully you marry someone who you not only love, but who you like as well. I just still enjoy my wife’s company enormously. She’s hilariously funny, and we make a point, no matter how busy we are, to stop and spend time together. We make sure we sit down and enjoy a nice long dinner.”

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman








DeVito has been in a happy marriage since 1982 to actress Rhea Perlman, one of the stars of the hit TV show Cheers. The couple met on January 17, 1971, when Rhea went to see a friend in the single performance of the play The Shrinking Bride, which also featured DeVito. They moved in together two weeks after meeting. They have three children.

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson








Jackson married actress and sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson in 1980 after meeting in class at Morehouse College. They welcomed daughter Zoe three years later, and despite several rough patches over the years, their love has endured. “LaTanya has a great sense of humor, a great love of life and a great love of the people around her, ” Jackson said.

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick








Generally avoiding celebrity gossip, actor Kevin Bacon has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since 1988, and they have two children. Like many celebrity couples, the pair finds a happy balance between their work and private lives.

Billy and Janice Crystal








Billy Crystal and his wife Janice married in June 1970, have two daughters, actress Jennifer and producer Lindsay, and are grandparents. “The reason we are together, is because she puts lead in my shoes and doesn’t let me fly off the earth. And it’s always been that way,” Billy once said.

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty








Annette Bening met Warren Beatty on the set of 1991’s Bugsy. The pair wed on March 12, 1992 and have welcomed four children together, sons Stephen and Benjamin and daughters Isabel and Ella, in the time since.

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One response to “Hollywood’s longest-lasting marriages”

  1. Michelle says:

    I am happy to see that not all Hollywood couples are short-term marriages. I am happy to see people living happily in a marriage for a long time. I am happy these celebrities have found the right person to stick to for the life-long period. I am glad they also reached the heights in their acting, so we also need to thank their great supportive spouses for this. I always like news of this kind.)