Celebrity Couples That Defied The Odds And Stuck Together For Decades
Catherine Zeta-Jones And Michael Douglas
One such couple is Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. Although they have a 25-year age gap, Catherine and Michael have been together for over 20 years.
The couple share two children together named Carys and Dylan. Michael also has one other son from a previous marriage named Cameron.
If you thought 20 years was a long time, the next couple have been together for longer.
Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick
Sarah and Matthew have been going strong for 30 years. Sarah had just broken up with her boyfriend of six years, Robert Downey Jr. when she met Matthew Broderick through her brother’s theater company.
Six years later, on May 19, 1997, they got married in a secret and intimate New York City wedding. They’ve since welcomed three children together.
The next couple on the list has been spicing up their marriage for over two decades.
David And Victoria Beckham
What happens when a pop singer and Britain’s top soccer player fall in love? It’s a recipe for a long-standing romance, as proven by Victoria and David Beckham, who will be married for 21 years this year.
The couple wed in 1999 and have four children together.
The next couple has been keeping things golden for over three decades.
Goldie Hawn And Kurt Russell
Although they’ve never officially married, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been in a committed partnership since Valentine’s Day 1983, that’s 40 years.
After the first meeting on the set of The One And Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in the ’60s, they were reintroduced on the set of Swing Shift. At the time, both actors were newly divorced. They have one son together.
The next couple have been together since college.
Denzel And Pauletta Washington
Before Denzel Washington’s career hit the stratosphere and he became one of Hollywood’s biggest leading men, the actor was taken off the market.
Denzel and his wife, Pauletta, initially crossed paths on the set of Wilma in 1977. A year later, they began dating after running into each other at a play, and they got married in 1983. They have now been together for over 40 years.
The couple in the next slide were co-stars before they were married.
Kevin Bacon And Kyra Sedgewick
As up-and-coming actors, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon were costars in the 1988 TV movie Lemon Sky.
On the set, Kyra distinctly remembers not being interested at first, but Kevin won her over and they got married that same year. The power couple also have two children together.
The next couple also met each other while at college.
Samuel L. Jackson And LaTanya Richardson
Samuel L. Jackson met his wife, LaTanya Richardson, while he was still a student at Morehouse College. They tied the knot in 1980 and welcomed a daughter a year later.
The couple is still going strong, with Jackson posting on Instagram on their anniversary in 2019, “You’re my Rock & reason to get up every day to work on giving you the best I have to offer. Thanks for All you Are! You are Love, walking, talking, challenging & everlasting! I Love You with all that I am.”
The couple next on the list met each other unexpectedly at the theater.
Danny Devito And Rhea Perlman
When Rhea Perlman went to support her friend in a performance of The Shrinking Bride in 1971, she had no idea she’d meet her future husband there.
The actress hit it off with her friend’s co-star, Danny DeVito, and two weeks later, the couple moved in together. They got married in 1982 and have separated twice since, but don’t have plans to officially divorce. They starred in the hit movie Matilda together, famously playing husband and wife.
The couple next on the list has stayed together through sickness and in health.
Michael J. Fox And Tracy Pollan
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan met when she was cast as his girlfriend on Family Ties. Tracy appeared on the sitcom from 1985 until 1987 but was dating Kevin Bacon at the time.
A year later, the two actors were reunited on the set of the film Bright Lights, Big City, and were married by the end of the year. The couple in the next slide have been rocking and rolling together for over 30 years.
Keith Richards And Patti Hansen
In typical Rolling Stones fashion, Keith Richards met his wife, supermodel Patti Hansen, at New York City’s Studio 54 nightclub in 1979.
They got married in 1983, and unlike his bandmates, Keith has managed to make the marriage last for the long haul. “When Patti and I met, it was just…boom,” Keith told Vanity Fair. “There was life before Patti and life after.”
The guy in the next slide is also married to a supermodel.
Cindy Crawford And Randi Gerber
Supermodel Cindy Crawford met her husband, nightclub entrepreneur Rande Gerber, while she was still in one of the most high-profile celebrity relationships of the decade with Richard Gere.
The couple didn’t reconnect and began dating until after her marriage ended in 1995. Cindy then went on to become one of the world’s most famous supermodels. By 1998, they were bride and groom.
The actress in the next slide went on to become a real-life princess.
Grace Kelly And Prince Rainier Of Monaco
Grace Kelly was the 27-year-old muse of Alfred Hitchcock. The Oscar-winning actress made just a handful of movies when she was romanced by Monaco’s Prince Rainier and left Hollywood behind for royalty.
The couple was married in both a religious and civil ceremony in Monaco in 1956 and remained happily married until Grace’s tragic death in 1982.
The next couple is considered country music royalty.
Faith Hill And Tim McGraw
Country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have music to thank for their decades-long love story.
The “Don’t Take the Girl” singer and Hill met for the first time in 1994 at a gig in Nashville. At the time, both were seeing other people, but as fate would have it, McGraw and Hill’s paths crossed again two years later, and the rest is history.
The man in the next slide was a music icon, and he married a supermodel icon.
David Bowie And Iman
Musician David Bowie and supermodel Iman were notoriously private about their relationship—which began after first meeting at a dinner party in 1990.
After getting set up on a blind date in 1990, the two fell in love and later tied the knot in 1992. In August 2000, they welcomed a daughter named Alexandria Zahra Jones. They remained together for 24 years until Bowie’s death in 2016.
Over the years, the pair gave us many glimpses of their epic romance as they attended various events together and showed sweet PDA on the red carpet.
The couple in the next slide ate the epitome of old Hollywood love.
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Paul Newman knew what he had was special: In regard to Hollywood’s many extramarital affairs, the Cool Hand Luke actor once gave the famously frank response, “Why go out for hamburgers when I have a steak at home?”
The couple got married in 1958 and stayed together until Paul’s death in 2008. That would make this couple together for 50 years.
The woman in the next slide is a comedy legend, and she met her husband at university in a comedy troupe.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus And Brad Hall
Julia Louis-Dreyfus may be known for playing the perpetually single Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, but in real life, she has been happily married to Brad Hall since 1987.
Louis-Dreyfus and Hall are college sweethearts who first met while attending Northwestern University in the early 1980s. They got married in 1987 and have been going strong ever since.
The couple has celebrated several milestones over the years, including welcoming two sons and beating cancer.
The guy in the next slide is another comedy legend, and he met his wife at an improv class.
Steve And Nancy Carell
You may recognize Steve Carell’s wife, Nancy, from her role as his girlfriend on The Office. In real life, they met in an improv class at Second City.
“I thought she hated me because she was very quiet around me. I thought she for sure knew that I was full of it, and I later found out that she was just as nervous as I was and trying to act cool,” Steve wrote in The Guardian. After tying the knot in 1995, the couple became parents to two children.
The next couple is considered to be Hollywood sweethearts.
John Travolta And Kelly Preston
John Travolta and Kelly Preston met at a screen test for their 1989 comedy, The Experts, while Preston was still married to actor Kevin Gage.
Though Travolta has often said it was love at first sight, when asked by Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Preston said, “Kinda. Well, I was not that happily married, let’s put it that way,” she continued. “I was really with the wrong person.”
In July 2020, John Travolta announced that his wife of 29 years, Kelly Preston, had passed away from a battle with breast cancer.
The next couple is Hollywood acting veterans.
Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson
Hanks and Wilson, both 66, met on the set of the 1980s sitcom “Bosom Buddies.” They then starred together in the 1985 film “Volunteers” and began dating, tying the knot in 1988. They’ve worked together several times after, including in the hit 1993 romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle.”
The couple went public with their relationship in 1986 and married two years later.
The next couple met on the set of an Australian tv show.
Hugh Jackman And Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have one of the most enduring loves in Hollywood.
The Greatest Showman star first met his future wife on the set of the Australian TV show Correlli and immediately knew she was the one.
“I knew very early. I knew before Deb knew. Even when she tried to break up with me, I knew,” he later recalled. “She kind of [broke up with me], a little bit. Early on, three weeks in. I managed to talk her out of it, thank God. I’m a very indecisive person, Deb really knows this about me.
The three-time Oscar-winning actress in the next slide met her husband through her brother.
Mery Streep And Don Gummer
Meryl Streep met her husband of more than 40 years, Don Gummer, through her older brother. Meryl was mourning the loss of her late boyfriend, John Cazale, and filming Kramer vs. Kramer in New York City when she stayed at the apartment of her brother’s friend, Don. To their surprise, they fell in love and were married within the year in 1978.
The actor in the next slide was huge in the 80s and met his wife on a blind date.
Rob Lowe And Sheryl Berkoff
Rob Lowe met makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff in 1983 on a blind date, but nothing happened. In 1990, when Sheryl was working on the set of Rob’s movie Bad Influence, they began a romantic relationship.
At the beginning of their relationship, Rob was battling alcoholism and credits his wife with helping him maintain a sober lifestyle. The pair married in 1991 and have two sons together.
The veteran actor on the next slide and his wife have been married for a whopping amount of years.
Kirk Douglas And Anne Buydens
A true Hollywood romance, Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens were married for 66 years when the actor passed away in 2020.
They met in Paris on the set of Act Of Love—he was the star of the film, and she was the publicist. Although Anne rejected Kirk initially, she eventually succumbed to his advances, and the couple got married in 1954.
The actress in the next slide is a Hollywood scream queen and took an interest in her husband when she saw him on the pages of a magazine.
Jamie Lee Curtis And Christopher Guest
An everlasting love story. Jamie Lee Curtis was smitten with now-husband Christopher Guest before they even met
The low-key Hollywood couple met in 1984 and got married that same year. Jamie apparently knew she would marry Christopher after seeing him in Rolling Stone.
An impressive 36 years and two adopted children later, they’re still happily married—a true accomplishment in Tinseltown.
The couple in the next slide were a match made in country music heaven.
Johnny Cash And June Carter Cash
Easily the most iconic country music romance of all time, Johnny Cash and June Carter had a love story that transcended time, addiction, and the highs and lows of fame.
Johnny Cash proposed to his singing partner, June Carter, in front of a packed audience in 1968. The couple married later that year and sang duets together until Johnny’s death in 2003.
The next couple has gone on to make history for their decades-long romance.
Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip
Princess Elizabeth met Philip Mountbatten at age 13 on a tour of the Royal Naval College in 1939. As the story goes, the two fell in love and began a written correspondence that led to Philip asking the King for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage in 1946.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip announced their engagement in July 1947. Later that year, the royal couple wed at Westminster Abbey.
Now, the Queen and her consort have achieved a remarkable milestone, as they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November 2020.
The crooner in the next slide proves that fourth time’s a charm with the marriage to his fourth wife.
Frank And Barbara Sinatra
Although it was his fourth marriage, Frank Sinatra proved that…the fourth time’s the charm when he married Barbara Marx.
The couple were married in 1976 at Sunnylands in Palm Springs, surrounded by some of the world’s greatest privately held art. Frank was 60, Barbara 49, and they both shed tears of joy.
The couple were married for 22 years before Frank passed away in 1998.
The couple in the next slide was brought together by music and are considered to be rock and roll royalty.
Sharon And Ozzy Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne met rocker Ozzy Osbourne in 1970 through her father, who was the manager of Ozzy’s band at the time, Black Sabbath. The couple did not start dating until he left the band.
Sharon, who would become his second wife, was 18 at the time. Their relationship did not turn romantic until 1979. They tied the knot in 1982 and later became parents of daughters Aimee and Kelly and son Jack.
The musician in the next slide had confessed to knowing the secret to his lasting romance with his wife of over two decades.
Sting And Trudie Styler
British rocker Sting dated his wife of 28 years, Trudie Styler, for 10 years before tying the knot. The couple, who have four children together, married in Wiltshire, England in 1992.
Sting previously opened up to PEOPLE in 2020 about making love last with Styler, and said the secret was that the two are still friends after three decades of marriage. “We love each other, but we actually like each other — and that’s an important distinction there,” he said.
The talk show queen in the next slide never married but has been with her partner for over three decades.
Oprah Winfrey And Stedman Graham
Although they have chosen not to marry, Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham have been committed to one another since 1986—aka for more than 30 years.
“He’s kind and supportive… Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo. But you want someone who’ll help you catch the bus,” Oprah told People.
But throughout the media mogul and the entrepreneur’s decades-long relationship, they’ve managed to keep their union private, sometimes treating us to a quote or two in an interview, or the occasional—but adorable—social media post.
Disclaimer: In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.