20 Longest Celebrities Marriages in Hollywood
Although the saying goes, "Till death do us part," the reality is that most celebrity marriages are lucky to last more than 10 years. Do these well-known unions have it in for the frantic work schedules? When does the ego get in the way? The ability to satisfy a variety of sexual desires at all times? That's an easy one: everything listed (and then some). But some famous couples defy the trend and stick together through good times and bad. What is it that binds them?
According to some of the world's most tenacious celebrity spouses, it all comes down to communication and proximity. There should always be a strong bond between a celebrity couple even when they are apart for long periods. Allowing for even the tiniest flexibility in terms of fidelity can be beneficial. Another day, another dollar, another celebrity divorce in Hollywood... Even though we don't mean to be impolite, watching the breakups of famous couples can be emotionally draining for the rest of us. The breakup of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and the end of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's eight-year marriage have left us reeling. For this reason, we are grateful when a beloved Hollywood couple can withstand the test of time—and you might be surprised just how many celebrity couples have defied the odds and made it work. With this list, we're more certain than ever that some celebrity couples were made to be together.
Moreover, for every handful of couples who barely made it down the aisle, there are time-tested A-list couples who are basically Hollywood royalty. There are many celebrities who have been married for more than 20 years, and we would be lying if we said that we didn't look to them for advice on how to maintain a long-term relationship. It appears that the most important factor in a long-term relationship is open communication, patience, and effort. Even Hollywood can't fake the adoration these couples have for one another now as they were when they first met.
If you're looking for proof that true love transcends boundaries, take a look at some of the celebrity couples who have remained together for decades despite the odds.
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Despite being married for just over 10 years, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher have been together for a long time — which is why we've included them on this list! The two met in 2001 and have been together ever since. Borat recently posted a heartfelt message on Instagram to commemorate their 20 years of marriage.
Baron-Cohen began his caption with the words, "Happy Anniversary, 20 YEARS." "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. Winnie the Pooh, I'll be here for the rest of my life. My sweetheart, I wish you a happy anniversary. Instead of getting you a card, I'm writing you this note. Our longevity is because we live in Hollywood, which is known for long marriages.
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn tied the knot on July 7, 1946, making it the longest presidential marriage. To build a lasting marriage, he advised CNN's Jake Tapper: "First of all, it's best to choose the right woman, which I did. First and foremost, we respect each other's time and space... Every night, we try to find as many things we enjoy doing together as possible before sleeping. As a result, we've had a lot of fun."
Susan and Jeff Bridges
In 1975, Jeff Bridges was vacationing in Montana when he ran into Susan Bridges, who would later become his wife. Susan worked as a waitress in Paradise Valley while he was filming Rancho Deluxe.
It was a "love at first sight" situation, Bridges said. The actor, who has been married for 43 years, says his secret to a long and happy marriage is respect for each other. The 70-year-old actor said of his relationship with Susan, "We are quite different as people, and we celebrate that rather than making it drive us apart." "It's been a really good year for me."
Isabelle, 39; Jessica, 37; Hayley, 35 — and Grace, 9; and Ben, 5 — are the parents of the couple's three daughters.
Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith
They first met when Jada Pinkett Smith tried out for the role of Will Smith's girlfriend on The Fresh Prince in 1990. It's possible that Pinkett wasn't cast for the role, but she ended up getting the job in the real world. On December 31, 1997, the two exchanged vows and began their life together as husband and wife.
Smith had previously been married. Before divorcing Sheree Zampino in 1995, he fathered a son with her.
Jaden and Willow are Pinkett and Smith's two children.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Country music's most beloved couple! Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary on October 6. As far as we can tell, Hill and McGraw's marriage is still going strong despite previous reports of marital strife.
Gracie Katherine and Maggie Elizabeth are the couple's three daughters.
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
As the handsome, blue-eyed star of films like "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Sting," Paul Newman ranks among the most desirable lead actors in Hollywood history—making his 50-year second marriage to award-winning actress Joanne Woodward more impressive. In addition to co-parenting three children, the two actors worked together on more than a dozen philanthropic projects.
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
When Tom Hanks first saw Rita Wilson on the hit '70s sitcom The Brady Bunch, he was smitten. They tied the knot on April 30, 1988, which seems to indicate that it was all meant to be.
Hanks was previously married to Samantha Lewes, with whom he shared a decade-long marriage beginning in 1978 and ending in 1987. Hanks told People, "No one should get married before they are 30." Having tied the knot with Rita at 32, he still "can't believe she goes out with [him]."
Truman Theodore and Elizabeth Ann are the parents of Colin, Chet, and the three younger children of the couple.
Carl Dean and Dolly Parton
Carl Dean, Dolly Parton's longtime husband, is one of country music's biggest stars, but he keeps a low profile. Parton was 18 years old when she first met him, and the couple married two years later. Since then, they've been through a lot together, including what Parton later called an "affair of the heart." An already strong relationship was given a new lease of life when the couple renewed their wedding vows in 2016.
Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville
It's been said that behind every great man is a great woman, and Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, were no exception. Aside from being Hitchcock's wife, Reville was his most trusted collaborator, helping him make creative decisions on a number of his most famous works. Reville's vital role has been highlighted in recent films like "The Girl" and "Hitchcock," even though she was primarily a bystander.
Alison Hewson and Bono
On Alison's first day of middle school, Bono made a beeline for her. When Hewson was 15, Bono was her first boyfriend; he was 16. When Bono's mother died of an aneurysm in 1973, things became very serious for him. Hewson was responsible for Bono's well-being, ensuring he ate, went to school, and had clean clothes. On August 21, 1982, the couple tied the knot when Hewson was 22 years old.
They now have four children: Jordan, Memphis Eve, Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q (yes, that's his full name), and John Abraham.
Felicity Huffman and ' William H. Macy's
On September 6, 1997, Felicity Huffman and Macy exchanged vows. Aside from a few TV and movie appearances, they've kept their relationship private.
They've won two Emmys and been nominated for seven Golden Globes and two Oscars. Both Georgia Grace and Sofia Grace have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
On September 4, 1988, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick tied the knot after meeting on the set of PBS's Lemon Sky adaptation. When Kyra and Kevin researched their family tree on the genealogy website Finding Your Roots, they discovered they were ninth cousins once removed, which was a surprising turn of events.
Both Travis and Sosie were born to them due to their union.
Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan
After losing his wife to ovarian cancer in 1991, Brosnan said he'd never marry again. While vacationing on a beach in Mexico, Brosnan ran into Keely Shaye Smith, a former model, and journalist. Ballintubber Abbey, an 800-year-old church, was the site of their wedding on August 4, 2001, when they wed.
Although Brosnan and Smith have no children of their own, we can assume Smith has a close relationship with Brosnan's five children from his previous marriage.
Chris Henchy and Brooke Shields
After being engaged for eight months, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy had a surprise wedding on April 4, 2001. After arriving at the Ritz-Carlton, friends and family were surprised to find Shields dressed in a wedding gown and a ferry ready to whisk them away to Catalina Island for the ceremony.
They have two daughters, Rowan Francis and Grier Hammond, from their previous relationship with Henchy.
Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson
This October, it was 25 years ago that Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen first met on the set of Pontiac Moon in 1993. "Congratulations on your 25th birthday!" There's a big piece of salad in your mouth in this supposed to be an anniversary photo. As a result, there you have it," the 67-year-old actress captioned a sweet photo of herself and Danson.
The last 9,125 days have been filled with laughter because of you. You're the wackiest, kindest dreamboat in the entire universe. While it's true that you're eating a big ass piece of salad, it does not affect your renowned beauty. What a blessing it is for me. Ted, many happy returns."
Patty Smyth and John McEnroe
According to People, tennis legend John McEnroe and singer Patty Smyth met in 1993 at a Christmas party and went on their first date eight months later. Anna, 24, and Ava, 21, were born to Smyth and McEnroe due to their union.
McEnroe has three children with ex-wife Tatum O'Neal: Kevin, 34; Sean, 33; and Emily, 29. Smyth has one daughter with ex-husband Richard Hell.
Rance and Jean Speegle Howard
After marrying in 1949, Rance and Jean Speegle Howard gave birth to Ron Howard in 1954. This union represents the fusion of some powerful DNA. The actor Bryce Dallas Howard is one of Ron's four children, and he is also a father. With roles in "Cool Hand Luke," "Chinatown," and several of his son's films, Rance has a pretty impressive filmography on his own. Until her death in 2000, he and Jean were married for more than half a century.
Vince McMahon and Linda
Linda and Vince McMahon are now worth more than $2 billion, but things were very different when they first started in the wrestling business. Linda married her high school sweetheart at the tender age of 17, had two children, and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1976 after financial setbacks. Linda and Vince built a global wrestling empire after finding their niche in the entertainment industry. They've been together for more than half a century.
Barbara Sklar and Don Rickles
The off-color jokes of comedian Don Rickles may have made him famous, but he was a romantic at heart. Upon marrying Barbara Sklar, the secretary of his agent's office, in 1965, he remained with her until his death. Before he died, Rickles tweeted, "We are celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary on March 14. Thank you for all of your love and support." Congratulations on your anniversary, Barbara, my beloved wife. "Without you, I'd be nothing."
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis
Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan (or "Ronnie," as she liked to call him) met during their successful Hollywood careers. The acting was only the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship that produced two children and left a lasting political legacy. "republican president" and "California governor" are interchangeable terms for Reagan's two terms in office as governor and president.