The 30 Longest-Running Celebrity Marriages
Despite what the stereotype may be, there are plenty of stars in Hollywood with happy, healthy long-term relationships. These celebrity couples have beat the odds and stuck by one another for a decade or more, and there are no signs that they're stopping anytime soon! For better or worse, for richer or poorer, when these stars said, "I do," they meant it big time.
Today, we're taking a look at some of the longest-running celebrity marriages of all time with some stars that lucked out in the job AND love departments. Having it all might seem like an illusion, but these celebs prove that fame and love can successfully mix. If these stars can do it, then maybe true love is out there waiting for the rest of us too!
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
The super popular actor and star of Sully recently said that the secret to a successful marriage is picking the right person. Tom Hanks has been married to Rita Wilson, who starred in Sleepless in Seattle and produced the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, for 28 years. The pair has two children together to go along with the two children Hanks had from a previous marriage.
Tom admitted that they've had their share of storms, but they've weathered them together through thick and thin! Recently, Hanks came out in an interview and said that he had a crush on her almost immediately, but was nervous talking to her because was "too vivacious, too beautiful, too popular - everything - too upbeat, too positive." Thankfully, he did meet with her, and we're all a little better for it.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together since 1983, and their formula for staying together is proven to be effective - never get married! You'd think that after nearly forty years of knowledge, they'd know better, but they definitely do. Before the two met, Goldie had many admirers due to her obvious beauty, but it was Kurt whom she chose to spend the rest of her life with.
It's a good thing too, considering their incredible chemistry as a couple; communication and compatibility are essential for any relationship to last, and this has been proven with their time and time again. To say that these two are soulmates is an understatement!
Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley
Pfeiffer always thought finding true love would be an uphill climb, but meeting David E. Kelley was as easy as a Sunday morning. Thanks to her faithful friend, she was set up on a blind date in 1993 - little did she know this particular detour would lead her to the man of her dreams. It happened so fast that they hardly had time to catch their breath.
The couple went to see Bram Dracula, and that's all she wrote! Fully smitten, they were married 10 months later and now have two wonderful children! Looks like Pfeiffer awoke one day with wedding bells ringing - and we couldn't be happier for the beautiful couple!
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been an influential couple in the entertainment industry for more than two decades. From blockbuster movies to creating their own production company, these two are truly powerhouses with an undeniable star quality. But it’s clear even Hollywood superstars need a little help to keep the fire alive.
Pinkett Smith candidly admitted that they sustained their happy marriage through therapy and hard work. It’s so refreshing to know that even A-listers look to qualified professionals when communication issues arise! We can all learn a lesson here: if Will and Jada don’t let the idea of being too proud or too cool get in their way of respected love, then neither should we!
Christopher and Georgianne Walken
Christopher and Georgianne have been together for what feels like an eternity! Of course, with him being an iconic actor and her in the business as a casting director, it’s no surprise that the two have managed to stick together for so many decades.
The fact that they don't have any children isn't only quite an intriguing mystery, but it is also what allowed Mr. Walken to make such a name for himself in Hollywood - who knows where he’d be without Georgianne's support? One thing’s for sure: these two make one heck of a power couple!
Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox
When it comes to love and marriage, who better to trust than Michael J. Fox? His off-screen romance with Tracy Pollan has been beating the odds for over three decades! We all loved their relationship on TV's Family Ties as Alex P. Keaton and Ellen Reed, but it turns out they were meant to be together even then.
Later, they confirmed they had noticed a spark between them long before the show began. What makes this union so inspiring is that these two are total opposites, yet somehow, against all odds and Hollywood norms, they have managed to make it work despite their considerable differences. We'd like to celebrate with Michael and Tracy as we raise a glass (for those still drinking!) in their honor — here's to another three decades of stimulating years together!
David and Victoria Beckham
When Victoria Beckham (formerly Adams) attended a Manchester United match back in 1997, little did she know that she was about to meet the love of her life. Even though many might have assumed she was too posh for David Beckham, that wasn't the case – these two were drawn to each other from the get-go!
After proposing in 1998 and getting married in 1999, David and Victoria are now more commonly known as Posh and Becks. With four children, plus two godchildren from none other than Elton John, this power couple has already made a mark on history – but it looks like they’re just getting started!
Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber
Mark Harmon has been keeping it lowkey and steady since 1987, when he tied the knot with his wife, Pamela Dawber. After over 30 years of marriage, the couple is still madly in love and a welcome reminder that true love doesn't fade. And it wasn’t just a smooth ride for Harmon and Dawber.
Thankfully, the pair stuck together, and now, they have two adorable kids. Although NCIS fans know everything about their beloved Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the real-life Mark Harmon likes to keep things on the down low, rarely appearing in public with his family; something quite unordinary for Hollywood standards.
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon loves to make us all jealous on Instagram, flaunting the fact that he has been happily married to his lovely wife Kyra Sedgwick (from The Closer) for over three decades! He always posts endearing messages alongside pictures of her looking glamorous and beautiful.
Of course it's easy for him to make us all green with envy, since Kyra could still grace any red carpet today with as much class as she did on day one We give Kevin major props for locking down someone so sweet, talented, and gorgeous! We wish them many more years of being blissfully footloose together!
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
Felicity Huffman, the gorgeous star of Desperate Housewives, and William H. Macy, Shameless’ leading man, have been in wedded bliss for over two decades! How did they do it? Well, according to Huffman herself, it's all thanks to her beloved hubby, who she loves and adores beyond words.
When asked about their marriage, she stated, "I lucked out, I married Bill Macy." This dynamic duo have been through many storms together, but Macy has always been there to help Huffman power through and come out stronger than ever — and vise versa! What an enviable union, indeed!
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Long before her storybook Hollywood marriage to Don Gummer, Meryl Streep was a bustled bride-to-be with actor John Cazale. Tragically, he passed away from cancer. Fortunately Streep had a great support system, including Gummer, who was a friend of her brother's. He was there to provide emotional support during that fateful period. A mere six months later, Streep tied the knot with Gummer and never looked back.
All these years later and the power couple still shines incredibly bright! Despite their four-decade union, both seem to share an unconditional love that garners admiration worthy of great respect. They even have four children (and two godchildren) under their banner - what a full house! Who could've guessed that such devastation could lead to one of Hollywood's most legendary partnerships?
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson
These two lovebirds have been together since 1980! LaTanya Richardson is a sports channel producer. The two met while attending Morehouse College, but things haven't always been easy for them. Jackson developed an addition issue, and LaTanya actually found Jackson in a medical situation due to it.
About the traumatic event, Jackson stated, “I credit my wife because she could have just taken Zoe [their daughter] and walked out and been done with me. But she didn’t. That’s a greater love than I will ever know. Because I don’t know that I would have done that.” Their daughter was born in 1982, and the pair spend a lot of time together working on projects. One of their favorite past times is helping those who are less fortunate. They started a charity in 2009 to help support education.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
It's almost too hard to believe that metal star Ozzy Osbourne, who once famously relieved himself on a cenotaph (whether he did it or not), has been married to the one and only Sharon since 1982! After weathering all kinds of scandals, drug problems, and infidelities together, the rocker pair can still be seen looking lovingly into each other's eyes.
Talk about love and hard work conquers all! Even though times have been tough over the years, it doesn't seem to have affected the strength of their marriage. From humble beginnings, they have put out three incredible children who are a testament to their resilience as both parents and partners. Now more in love than ever, it is truly little short of inspiring that Sharon and Ozzy have been going strong for so long.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest
One of the longest-lasting celebrity marriages has to be between the star of Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis, and the creator and costar of This is Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest. These two have been married strong since 1984! When asked by the Today Show what the key to a long marriage was, Jamie Lee Curtis answered with perfect comedic timing, "Don't get divorced!"
While this may seem like an obvious answer, it still made everyone on set laugh. It seems like divorce is not going to be a likely outcome for these two, because they've already been together for well over three decades! And if that isn't something to celebrate, I don't know what is!
Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman have been an iconic pair since they said “I do” over 35 years ago! We all know them as the stars of Taxi and Cheers - but who knew they had such a sassy commitment to each other? The pair briefly separated in 2012, but they got back together. Sadly, they separated once again in 2017.
However, that might have been the secret. During an interview, Rhea stated that the pair are closer than they've ever been, and their relationship now is leaps and bounds above what it was during their last five years of marriage. They still talk every day, and are still great friends, but just don't live in the same house. Rhea also stated that she has zero intentions of getting a divorce.
Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates truly have a classic Hollywood romance. The pair were both working at the theater, just on different plays. The funny part was when they first met, Kevin Kline admitted that Cates was "too happy to be with" him, and he wasn't sure what they'd talk about.
Kline hired Cates' former assistant and practically begged the person to set them up on a date. Turns out, there was a lot to talk about! They've been married and happily discussing things for over three decades, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli
Colin Firth is a prime example of the old adage that you should “love at first sight,” as it was certainly true in the case of him and his wife. The two have been together since 1997 and are still going strong, even more than 20 years later!
Talk about having staying power - Colin Firth and his wife must be doing something right to have remained together for such an impressive amount of time. It just goes to show that a classic romance story really can come true, even for chaps like our beloved Colin!
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness
Hugh Jackman is a huge star that’s done everything from Broadway to action-hero Wolverine. Somehow through his busy schedule, he met his wife in 1996 on a set of Correlli, an Australian TV show. Jackman personally designed her wedding ring with the “we dedicate our union to a great source” in Sanskrit.
That's one of the sweetest things we've ever heard. The couple attempted to have children but chose to adopt two children later in life. Now, they have a very happy family, which we see on Instagram all the time. Jackman and Furness are clearly two peas in a pod.
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty was Hollywood's most eligible bachelor for decades and had his fair share of flings, but he finally found his forever partner when he met Annette Bening. The two met while filming Bugsy in 1991 - despite Warren's promise not to hit on her - and were married a year later.
Guess he couldn't help himself! Annette wasn't exactly against the flirting, though. Her first impression of him was that he "was incredibly intelligent." During an interview, she stated, "I remember thinking, 'Wow, this guy is so smart and so sharp and funny, but more — just articulate."
Elton John and David Furnish
Elton John and David Furnish's relationship was a long time in the making, complete with a decade-long wait to make it official. But, these two rebels never backed down from pushing boundaries, and in December 2005, they made things oh-so-official with a civil partnership.
Finally, in 2014 when gay marriage became legal - you should have seen the sparkles in their eyes! As if that wasn't exciting enough for them, Elton John and David Furnish are now proud parents of two sons and grandparents to ten adorably stylish kiddos.
Kelly Preston and John Travolta
Even in a town where marriages don't always stand the test of time, John Travolta and Kelly Preston's relationship was truly remarkable. They defied all odds and enjoyed a glorious union for 29 years—almost unheard of in Hollywood!
In such a transient culture, their enduring love right up until Preston's sad passing in 2020 proves how much genuine affection existed between the two. It's sure to remain an inspiration to us all for many years to come.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are two major movie stars, but in between acting gigs, the couple manages to still have time for each other — which is quite the feat! They met back in 1998 at a film festival, all thanks to a mutual friend Danny DeVito.
In no time, Michael and Catherine became engaged and were married shortly after. Now, this longtime power couple is not only co-stars but parents of two children together with all their love and adoration. And it all started with their first chance encounter!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
This super funny couple, having met in college at Northwestern University, managed to make matrimony out of comedy after sparking together while starring on Saturday Night Live. And they've been hitched for over 30 blissful years! But you know what else these two have?
A shared dedication to environmental issues. Regardless of deepening environmental concerns, this very couple remains committed to the idea that by making their relationship incredibly strong and lasting, it gives us all hope that maybe we'll be able to make love last when the chips are down - even if the chips include global warming.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen have had quite the storybook union. Though it started off with Keith Richards as a peak Rolling Stones wildman living the unrestricted life in New York City and Patty as an aspiring fashion model, both seemed to grow from their experiences into a strange but glorious type of serenity reserved for only rockstars.
After their two daughters came around, they decided the best move would be to escape from the city-slicker lifestyle and settle down in Weston, Connecticut. Surprisingly enough, Keith has been quite the strict father to his little ones; guess nobody can escape those traditional values of parenthood, no matter who you are!
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld's relationship was off to a bit of an interesting start, to say the least. When they first met, Jessica had just returned from her three-week honeymoon with her husband Eric Nederlander. Guess that didn't work out after all!
Jessica stated the couple had been in therapy even before the wedding. Maybe that was a sign? Jessica wed Seinfeld a year later in 1999. Looks like things worked out for them in the end - fast forward two decades, and these love birds have a daughter and two sons. Jerry & Jessica are showing that there's always hope for finding true love, no matter how rocky the start may be!
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker has certainly been blessed in matters of the heart. Before meeting her true love, Matthew Broderick, she had a long-term relationship with the smooth-talking Robert Downey Jr. Fast forward to 1997, and Sarah Jessica found her life partner at Naked Angels theater company where both of them performed.
The couple exchanged vows in a secret civil ceremony and couldn't be more content. They've even made a beautiful family together- a son and twin daughters too! Looks like the classic American "happily ever after" fairytale ending is true after all.
Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
Julia Roberts has had a number of romantic relationships, but none have stuck better than her partnership with Daniel Moder. The couple met in 2000 while on the set of The Mexican while she was still dating Benjamin Bratt.
At the time, Moder was married to Vera Steimberg. A year later, Moder filed for a divorce. It took another year before he and Roberts tied the knot at her ranch in New Mexico. The couple has three children, including twins. We're just glad it didn't end up like the movie Runaway Bride.
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon are an adorable couple. When they met, Tennon was in a relationship but broke it off once he met Davis. Davis had just moved to Los Angeles, and the two happened to go the same party. Tennon gave Davis his card, and she called him a month later.
After their first date, Davis says her life got better. They got married in 2003. They adopted an infant daughter in 2011, and they have two children from Tennon’s previous relationships.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
When Elizabeth Banks and Handelman met in 1992, marriage wasn't the first thing on their mind. They wanted to spend a good amount of time getting to know each other, but who would have known it would take this long?
In fact, it would not be until nearly 11 years later, in 2003, that these two finally said: "I do"! Now happily married and a beautiful family of four, the couple has two sons born through a surrogate. No matter the time it took to get there, their love story is one worth telling again and again!
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have conflicting stories about how they met, but equally as cute. Harris went to meet a friend of his, who was with a “brooding, James Dean-type guy in a leather jacket.” Burtka says that they ran into Harris on the street, where he introduced himself because he was familiar with his work.
They got together in 2004 but didn’t officially announce that they were a couple until 2007. Once the Marriage Equality Act passed in New York, the two announced their engagement and married in 2014. The couple has a pair of fraternal twins through a surrogate.