Hollywood is never a place with a good reputation for long-term successful marriages, but here are 16 celebrity couples who have magically stood the test of time, restoring our faith in love. Read on to draw some inspiration from their secret to the success of marriage!
1. Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith
This couple met each other on the set of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” when Jada was auditioning for the role of Will’s girlfriend. Although she didn’t impress the sitcom’s director, she did touch Will. Jada became his wife in real life in 1997, and their marriage has lasted for over 20 years. Despite nagging rumors of divorce and them having an open relationship, the two don’t really care about it. “We trust each other implicitly,” Jada said. Perhaps that’s their special recipe for marital bliss!
2. Robert Redford And Sibylle Szaggars
The founder of the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford, has already been married to his wife Sibylle Szaggars for a decade. In fact, the pair have been together early since Szaggars moved in with Redford in the 1990s, and they finally tied the knot till July 2009. It’s interesting to mention that Redford had a 27-year marriage before he met his current wife, which shows that he definitely knows how to make a relationship and love last.
3. Dolly Parton And Carl Thomas Dean
Speaking of Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean’s marriage, the only thing to do is to show some respect. After all, the queen of country music and her husband have already accompanied each other for five-plus decades. “We know each other so well that I know every line in Carl’s face, and he knows every hair in my wig,” Parton once talked about their relationship. What an admirable relationship!
4. Tom Selleck And Jillie Mack
The romance between veteran Hollywood star Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack started when Mack’s graceful dancing in the musical “Cats” captured Selleck’s heart. The pair secretly got married in 1987, and have enjoyed their lives together with their daughter Hannah on their avocado ranch in Hidden Valley, California for over 30 years.
5. Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones
For Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, a 25-year age difference has never been a problem. The couple have been together for almost two decades since they married in 2000. They’ve certainly been through some difficult times, when Douglas had throat cancer, and they even separated briefly in 2013. “I think understanding, listening, and being friends, all help us manage to keep on it,” Zeta-Jones said.
6. Julia Roberts And Daniel Moder
It came out as a big shock when Julia Roberts suddenly announced in 2002 that she had married cameraman Daniel Moder, whom she met on the set of “The Mexican”, as she was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time. However, true love can conquer everything and the pair have now spent over 17 years with each other and have 3 children together. Even though they rarely take pictures together and don’t talk a lot about their marriage, it’s obvious that they enjoy it a lot.
7. Mark Harmon And Pam Dawber
If you ask Mark Harmon, who was labeled the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 1986, what the key to the success of his 32-year marriage is, he will probably tell you that it’s the age when they tied the knot. “We were both in our thirties when we got married, so hopefully the stupid stuff we did earlier,” Harmon said. The couple have kept a low profile and have two sons together, whom they keep out of the public eye.
8. Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos
Speaking of the romance between Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, there’s no better word to describe it than flash. Before the two first met each other on the set of the ABC daytime soap opera “All My Children”, Ripa was shown a photo of Consuelos by a casting director. “I saw my entire future with him flash before my eyes,” she said. They got married in a flash in 1996, and now we’ve flashed forward over twenty years, the pair are still madly in love.
9. Pierce Brosnan And Keely Shaye Smith
James Bond is charming and attractive, and so is his one-time portrayer, Pierce Brosnan. On his first meeting in 1994 with his wife Keely Shaye Smith, a former journalist, she said, “He was captivating, and he had a mischievous sparkle in his eyes.” The pair have had eyes only for each other ever since, and their 25-year marriage shows us that it’s even possible for James Bond to find a relationship that can withstand the test of time.
10. Ellen DeGeneres And Portia de Rossi
Talk show star Ellen DeGeneres got together with actress Portia de Rossi in 2004, but they didn’t make things official until 2008 when the same-sex marriage ban in California was lifted. They don’t have any kids of their own, but these two avid animal lovers keep a number of pets. De Rossi even gifted her wife a gorilla conservation fund named in DeGeneres’ honor on her 60th birthday.
11. Lisa Rinna And Harry Hamlin
Even the critics of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” had to admit that the marriage advice given by the show’s fan-favorite couple, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, is great. It is communication, lots of mutual respect, and some luck that for them has resulted in a twenty-plus-year happy marriage. Inspirational, huh?
12. Kyra Sedgwick And Kevin Bacon
Unlike other celeb couples who fell in love at first sight, the pair didn’t start dating right when Kevin Bacon first met his future bride, Kyra Sedgwick, for she was only 12 years old. Not until they met again on the set of “Lemon Sky” when both of them were in their 20s, did the couple start their long love affair. They have been together for over three decades now, and have two kids, Travis and Sosie Bacon.
13. Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson
The relationship between one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, is the envy of all. Hanks said in an interview that the only thing they have ever argued about was who loves each other more, since Wilson and he tied the knot in 1988. He also once told Oprah Winfrey, “I'm a lucky man. Rita could have done better, but, you know, every now and again, you win the lottery.”
14. John Travolta And Kelly Preston
When John Travolta first met Kelly Preston during a screen test in 1989, she was still someone else’s wife. Luckily, everything comes to him who waits. Travolta finally married the goddess in his heart after a 2-year wait. Two-plus decades on, the pair still love each other as much as ever. “You’ve got to keep it fun, and that’s what we do,” Preston explained how they maintain their enthusiasm to marriage, “we dance at home, and every day is date night.”
15. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Here comes another pair of living legends, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Although they’ve kept each other company for more than 30 years, these two have NEVER really walked down the aisle or exchanged rings. “A lasting relationship isn’t about marriage,” Hawn said. “It’s about compatibility and communication. And you both need to want it to work.” Their story could’ve even been made into a romantic movie, right?
16. Faith Hill And Tim McGraw
Though both regarded as Country Music Royalty, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s singles just don’t sound quite as sweet and beautiful as the duo’s duets. “It’s such a rare thing to be able to experience what we do for a living,” Hill once recalled how she felt when working with her husband, “and to do it together really feels like all the moments are special.” Okay, here is the secret of that wonderful harmony - it’s not about musical talent, but love!