Is it just me, or are celebrity marriages getting shorter and shorter these days? So much for “’til death do us part”, right? However, believe it or not, not every celebrity pairing reads like a publicity stunt.
Hollywood can actually produce dedicated and genuine loving relationships that survive decades of rumors, personal attacks and more. There are many couples who have stuck together through thick and thin, and have come out even stronger than before…
21. David and Victoria Beckham: Married in 1999
Despite allegations of multiple affairs, the two are still very much together and going strong. David and Victoria’s have both stated how they “have nothing to prove”, and after welcoming their third child into the world back in 2011, Harper Seven Beckham, the couple seem closer than ever. Bless em’.
Will Smith first met his future wife on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1994, when Jada auditioning for the role of Will’s girlfriend named Lisa Wilkes.
20. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith: Married in 1997
Despite not landing the role, she did find her true love in real life rather than on the small screen. Jada and Will first began dating in 1995 and married just two years later in 1997. Their teenage children, Jaden and Willow now carry the family legacy forward with their music and acting careers. Long live the Smiths.
On May 19, 1997, Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker married actor Ferris Bueller’s Day Off icon Matthew Broderick, after being introduced by one of her brothers at the Naked Angels theater company, where they both performed.
19. Sarah Jessica-Parker and Matthew Broderick: Married in 1997
The couple married in a civil ceremony in a historic synagogue on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and now have three children together, James, Tabitha and Marion. I can’t imagine there would be a more entertaining household than one with Carrie Bradshaw and Ferris Bueller in it.
Formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg and even Snoop Lion, would you ever think that this famous rapper actually married his childhood sweetheart?
18. Snoop Dogg and Shante Broadus: Married in 1997
Snoop married Shante Broadus on June 12 1997, but the pair divorced in 2004, citing irreconcilable differences. However, true love always prevails; the two renewed their vows in 2008. It’s approaching two decades that they’ve been together now – not counting the four-year break – and, with four kids, mini Snoops will soon be roaming the world.
Hugh Jackman took Deborra-Lee Furness as his bride in 1996, setting into motion a marriage that is brimming with dedication and honour.
17. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: Married in 1996
Hugh has often spoke about his marriage with Deborra, stating how he’ll always love her and the celebrity couple have brought two children into the world in their 20-year marriage. So what’s their secret? Hugh credits meditation saying: “We meditate together. And sometimes we have friends over to do it, too. It’s a lovely Sunday-morning thing. Everyone comes over, and then we have breakfast.”
It took Phoebe years to find Mike, the love of her love. But actress Lisa Kudrow found her hubby a little earlier in life.
16. Lisa Kudrow and Michel Stern: Married in 1995
The Friends star met her match in 1989 when she started dating Michel Stern. Six years later, the French advertising executive and married our favorite Friends star. Whenever they’re seen in public, the two are always beaming with love for one another.
This pair’s love never gets old. After all these years, they are still seen in the press frolicking together on couple’s getaways.
15. Ted Danson and Mary Steenburger: Married in 1995
Mary Steenburgen just seems to get better with age. And the third time was certainly the charm for actor Ted Danson, as she became his third wife back in 1995. Their marriage has stood strong for 21 years, perhaps due to the fact that the pair opts to spend more time with each other than the press.
Talkshow host Oprah has, to this day, never actually got married! But she does have one of the longest standing celebrity relationships in Hollywood.
14. Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham: Together since 1992
Oprah Winfrey got together with Stedman Graham all the way back in 1992 and the two have been the picture of domestic bliss ever since. The two have always had a rather secretive relationship, but whenever they are seen together, there are plenty of smiles to be seen. So why don’t they tie the knot? Well, why do they need to? They love each other to bits without a ring.
Grease Lightning star John Travolta tied the knot with wife Kelly Preston in 1991 and they’ve stuck it out through the good and the bad.
13. John and Kelly Travolta: Married in 1991
Despite allegations of John Travolta’s homosexuality, as well as their oldest son Jett tragically dying in 2009 at the age of 16 after suffering a seizure, the couple has remained together through thick and thin. After admitting to having marriage counseling, Travolta believes it has benefitted his marriage. They are still happily together after 26 years!
Steven Spielberg and his other half, Kate Capshaw, are still deeply devoted to each other 25 years on.
12. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw: Married in 1991
The couple met on the 1984 set of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, where Kate was hired to play Willie Scott. Since then, they have had five children together and continue to hit the news with pictures of their adorable PDA. You could call Kate E.T. to Steven’s Elliot. This stylish red-carpet couple exudes their overflowing love for each other at every event that they attend.
Kevin Bacon made Kyra Sedgewick his wife all the way back in 1988, setting the timespan of their united love at 28 years and counting.
11. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick: Married in 1988
To celebrate their 27th year of marriage, Kevin shared moments from their loving journey together, posting images from their lives together on his personal Twitter account and writing: “Big love for @kikkosedg today and every day for 28 years #happyanniversary”.
Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan have been married for 28 years, and Fox has stated that he has received nothing but loving support from his wife. Just how marriages are supposed to be.
10. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan: Married in 1988
Tracey recently explained the secret of their bond: “Giving each other the benefit of the doubt. There are so many times when you have arguments when you have things come up, and it really doesn’t have anything to do with what he did, or said – it’s how I am projecting that onto myself.”
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are a celebrity couple that experienced love at first sight, whilst Rita was starring as a cheerleader on The Brady Bunch in 1972.
9. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Married in 1988
The Forrest Gump star recently revealed that he first recalls seeing his true love all those years ago; “I was actually at a friend of mine’s house when it aired and I remember thinking ‘that girl’s cute’”. 29 years later, what were their plans for their anniversary last year? Tom refused to tell saying: “We have top secret plans that are going to set the world on fire.”
Sigourney Weaver and Director, Jim Simpson live a private life, having but have one daughter, Charlotte Simpson, who was born on April 3, 1990.
8. Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson: Married in 1984
Incredibly, they married just two months after meeting and beginning to date! Proving that a quick marriage doesn’t always end in disaster. She told all saying: “We met at a theatre festival party in 1983. I asked him to dance and he said, ‘No.’ I was crushed. Later he agreed to a date and two months after that we got married. He is a strong man to be married to someone famous, you have to be.”
Denzel and Pauletta Washington have been happily married for 33 years. The couple first met on the set of the movie Wilma, and have since been a testament to true love in Hollywood.
7. Denzel and Pauletta Washington: Married in 1983
Denzel seems to have a very sensible attitude to marriage and recently said this, in reference to all of the breakups that seem to plague celebrities; “I just think that you have to work at it. Not give up on each other. It’s a commitment. It’s not all the honeymoon”.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are the definition of the saying, “there’s somebody out there for everyone”.
6. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne: Married in 1982
This perfectly matched couple have done nothing but grown closer over the years, despite periods when drug addiction and extramarital relations drove them to a volatile point in their relationship. However, their love for one another saw their marriage survive, and they’re now happier than ever, with Ozzy saying in 2017: “Me and Sharon are fine, on solid ground and our marriage has never been better.”
Celebrated actor, Christopher Walken, and successful casting director, Georgianne Walken, committed themselves to each other in 1969, setting their heartwarming marriage at 47 years as of 2016.
5. Christopher and Georgianne Walken: Married in 1969
Deeply devoted to each other, these two have shared their lives, but decided never to have children. Georgianne has spoken of how she felt when she first met her future husband and it will bring a tear to your eye; “When you met him, you knew he had this future. He was good and was gonna be better. It was a very compelling idea. And I had never met anybody like that in my life,” she said.
Famous for the comedy genre “insult comedy”, actor Don Rickles made it work for his wife for over 50 years!
4. Don and Barbara Rickles: Married in 1965
Well known for voicing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies, Don believed the key to a long marriage was friendship and caring. What a sweetheart. He died in 2017 with his final tweet being an adorable tribute to his dear wife reading: “We are celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary March 14th. Happy Anniversary my dear wife, Barbara. You are my life. Pussycat. (Me).”
The stand-up comedian and actor Bob Newhart met his beloved darling Virginia on, believe it OR NOT, a blind date!
3. Bob and Virginia Newhart: Married in 1963
He was set up by one of his fellow comedians Buddy Hackett, and now the couple has been married for over 50 years. Being the daughter of an actor, Virginia promised herself that she would not marry someone in that business. After a short romance, she broke that promise when she and Bob were married on January 12, 1963. Hey, when love calls, we go running.
This long-lasting couple are actually the loving parents of Ben Stiller, who announced he was divorcing Christine Taylor after 17 years of marriage this year.
2. Jerry and Anne Stiller: Married in 1953
Jerry and Anne Stiller proved that laughter was the secret to a long-lasting marriage; the pair were a top comedy act in the 1960s, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 36 times together. Sadly, Anne passed away in 2015, but their marriage is known as one of the most successful celebrity marriages to have lasted of all time. ‘Til death do us part!’
Kirk Douglas, 100, and Anne Buydens, 86, first met on the set of “Act of Love”, where she assisted him with the press and translation.
1. Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens: Married in 1954
He revealed that he was turned down multiple times before the beautiful young Anne finally said yes to a date. Eventually marrying in 1954, their relationship is still full of passion and unconditional love, with Kirk Douglas stating; “Anne never tried to change me, but she never hesitated to speak her mind — usually gently and often with great humor and subtlety. But she did change me and very much for the better.”