It’s almost commonplace to see headlines about Hollywood divorces. Celebrity marriages have a stigma of not lasting very long, and the public almost expects that to be the case for every Hollywood marriage.
However, there are some celebrity couples that have everlasting, strong marriages. Check out our gallery, and we’re certain you’ll be surprised by some of these couples that have lasted so long.
Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara: 61 Years
Jerry Stiller may be best known for his roles on Seinfeld and The King of Queens, but more importantly, he has one of the longest lasting marriages in Hollywood. The couple met in 1953 and then married just a year later. The couple began working together in various nightclubs in New York City and became extremely popular. The couple is also well known for their actor and comedian son Ben Stiller. sadly, Anne died of natural causes in 2015, which ended their 61-year streak.
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward: 50 Years
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward meet in 1953 when they were cast in the same film together. They fell in love and eventually got married five years later, in 1958. Throughout their marriage, they continued to work on films together. Along with their acting careers, they raised six children together, three of which were from Newman’s previous marriage. When asked about their marriage dynamic, Woodward told reporters, “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, that’s a real treat.”
Mel Brooks & Anne Bancroft: 41 Years
Mel Brooks met Anne Bancroft during her TV rehearsal for The Perry Como Show when he introduced himself to her. They eventually got married in 1964 at New York City Hall and raised Brook’s three kids from his previous marriage and shared a son together named Max. The couple co-starred in films together throughout their marriage, which included To Be and Not To Be, Blazing Saddles and Dracula.
George Burns & Gracie Allen: 38 Years
This comedy duo started working together in 1922 where Burns played the “straight man” and Allen was given some comedic lines. They worked for four straight years together before Burns and Allen finally got hitched in 1926. They eventually have two children together and become one of the most beloved couples in Hollywood during their era.
Merryl Streep & Don Grummer: 38 Years
After Streep’s boyfriend and ‘Godfather’ star John Cazale died of cancer, she moved into her brother’s friend’s house, which happened to be Don Grummer. Instead of it being a temporary stay, the two began to bond and she never left. Within six months of meeting each other, the two married in 1978. Since their marriage, the couple raised four kids together, and their relationship continues to be as strong as ever.
Johnny Cash & June Carter: 35 Years
Though Cash was married to his first wife Vivian at the time, he met June Carter while touring in 1956. While they shared a deep connection, Carter did not want to get involved with someone who was deep into drugs, as Cash had a serious addiction to drugs at the time. June also had personal conflicts of her own as she went through two failed marriages herself. After years of making music together and touring, John and June eventually married in 1968. They continued to make records and hit wonders together during their 35 years of marriage, that suddenly came to an end. June passed away in 2003 from surgical complications. A few months later, Johnny died from diabetes. Their love story is played out in the award winning film Walk the Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
Danny Devito & Rhea Perlman: 34 Years
Their relationship began when Rhea Perlman went to see a friend perform in a play called The Shrinking Bride, which happened to also have a special star, Danny DeVito. Two weeks after the play, the couple moved in together and eventually married in 1982. While having successful acting careers, DeVito and Perlman raised three children together. Although they seemed to remain strong for the duration of their 30-year marriage, Danny and Rhea announced that they were separating back in 2012.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson: 34 Years
Tom Hanks started off his career in the 1980’s while still married to his college sweetheart and raising two children. Hanks was satisfied with the direction his life was going in, but then came along actress Rita Wilson. The two met while Hanks was starring in the film Bosom Buddies and Wilson was a guest star for an episode.The actors shared great chemistry, but it wasn’t entirely easy at first. Tom was still married and raising two children at a young age, which was the biggest issue. Hanks later left his wife and went public with his relationship with Wilson in 1986. They married two years later, had two kids, and raised their mixed family.
Denzel Washington & Pauletta Washington: 33 Years
Denzel and Pauletta met in 1983 on the set of the television show Wilma and eventually married one year later. They raised four kids together, and it appears that they did something right because all four of them are college graduates. When asked about his successful marriage, Denzel said, “I don’t know if its show business that has a monopoly on divorce, it’s just that you hear about it,” he said. ” 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, it doesn’t last forever, so you work at it. And hopefully, you’re friends first. that might help.”
Keith Richards & Patti Hansen: 33 Years
In 1973, while celebrating her 23rd birthday at Studio 54, Patti Hansen met the love of her life, Keith Richards. Although Hansen wasn’t completely drawn to Richards during their first meeting, they connected nine months later, and they fell in love. The couple married in 1983 and have since raised six kids together.
Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn: 33 Years
While the couple is not legally married, they have been a couple for 33 years. The two first met in 1968 on the set of ‘The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band’, but they didn’t become romantically involved until 1983. Although they have an age difference of 14 years and have officially never married, the couple is one of the most beloved in Hollywood.
Jamie Lee Curtis & Christopher Guest: 32 Years
While Jamie Lee Curtis first got her groundbreaking role in the film Halloween and has had a successful acting career ever since, she celebrates 32 years of marriage of as one of her greatest accomplishment.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall: 30 Years
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall both share a passion for theatrical arts, and as fate would have it, they both attended Northwestern University and met at a comedy troupe hall. After a few years of young love, they were both became cast members on Saturday Night Live in 1982. While the two primarily took on different films roles after their stint on SNL, they maintained a strong bond and ended up raising two sons together.
Mark Harmon & Pam Dawber: 29 Years
Noth Harmon and Dawber have successful careers in acting. The two met through a mutual friend and married just one year after first meeting. The two are not particularly vocal about their relationship, but they claim they don’t need to be because of how happy they already are together. The two continue to have strong acting careers and have raised two kids together.
Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick: 29 Years
This Hollywood power couple met in 1988 on the set of the film Lemon Sky. Later that same year, the two got married and soon after had two children together. The two have maintained strong acting careers in Hollywood and even starred in several films together, including Loverboy and The Woodsman.
Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan: 28 Years
Ironically, the two played roles where they were boyfriend and girlfriend in the television series Family Ties, but little did they know they would be married years on down the road. The two had four children together while Fox continued his busy career. Unfortunately, in 1999, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The couple continues to raise awareness about the disease and even started the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
John Travolta & Kelly Preston: 25 Years
These two met while filming the movie The Experts in 1989. Soon after, in 1991, the couple married and had a son and a daughter shortly after. The couple has dealt with their fair share of controversy, but they are still as strong as could be.
David Bowie & Iman: 24 Years
With his charm and talent, it’s no wonder he was able to win over Somalian supermodel Iman. They first met at a dinner party in 1990, and they eventually married two years later. They raised two kids over the duration of their marriage and remained strong for their entire 24 years together. Although Bowie died in 2016, we are almost certain he and Iman would still be together if he were alive to this day.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: 20 Years
Becuase both of these two stars are some of the most famous country singers of all time, it’s almost too perfect that they ended up together. They two became a couple after country music tour featured both artists in 1996. They hit it off quickly and got married in October of that year. The two have remained strong ever since, and they have plenty of duets to back up their strong marriage.
David Beckham & Victoria Beckham: 18 Years
Back in the 1990s, Victoria, aka Posh Spice, and David were two of Britain’s biggest stars. Of course, David was one of the best soccer players in the world and Victoria was the most popular Spice Girl in the group. After one year of dating, the couple got married in 1999. The couple is raising four kids together and live a more private, yet happy life for their family.