‘Til Death Do Us Part: 21 of the Longest Celebrity Marriages
by Mackensie Graham
For many celebrities, taking the vow of marriage in a church or in a Vegas drive-thru or on a beach doesn’t last very long … sometimes even less than a year. But the longest celebrity marriages have stood the test of time despite the stress of fame, paparazzi, and tabloid rumors. While “richer or poorer” may not be the biggest challenge for these wealthy celebs, they have proven that it’s possible to go the distance.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, 18 years
Sex and the City‘s leading lady married Broderick while wearing a gorgeous black wedding dress in a New York City ceremony in 1997. Three adorable children later, the couple still resides in the City. In the past Parker has said the secret to their celebrity marriage is not discussing any of the media’s good or the dirty laundry. For the non-celeb couples, Broderick told Meredith Vieira, “We really are friends beyond everything, and we talk a lot. Keep talking, I guess. I know how cliché that is. Too much silence is definitely not a good idea.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, 18 years
Will met Jada when she auditioned to be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s girlfriend in 1994. She didn’t get the role then, but in 1997 she married Will in real life! Now with two kids on the cusp of stardom themselves, Willow and Jaden, the high-profile marriage hasn’t come without its rumors and critique. Will Smith said in a candid interview that it’s difficult when both people are in the entertainment industry. When one person is in chill mode and the other is in work mode, the relationship can suffer.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, 19 years
Back in the day, Ripa and Consuelos met on the soap opera All My Children. The couple, who are also business partners, eloped in 1996 and now have three children. The energetic TV personality said she and her husband have a lot of sex! “We just like each other a lot. I love my husband. I think he’s awesome. We’ve been together a really long time. We try to do spicy things together all the time,” Ripa told Andy Cohen.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, 19 years
The pair met for the first time on the set of the TV drama Correlli in Australia. Over time the Wolverine actor has sported a number of different looks. Furness has said she prefers him clean-shaven but likes him in all of his many forms, from muscled to skinny. The sexy heartthrob has room in his life only for the wife of their two children. “From day one, we were best mates,” Jackman said. “We just clicked. We were giggling and laughing—we just connected. She has two speeds: Stop and Go. She is always, ‘Let’s do this, let’s do that.’ And she is very funny, very quick.”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, 19 years
The country music stars were a match made in Nashville heaven. Hill was engaged when she met McGraw—she opened for his “Spontaneous Combustion” tour in 1996—but the fates worked their magic, and the pair were married later that year. Continuing to perform together over the years has kept the marriage an enduring, dynamic one. The pair also works hard to make family (they share three daughters) a priority.
Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley, 22 years
In 1993, the actress married writer/producer Kelley in a ceremony in Santa Barbara. Respect is one of the major attributes in their relationship, Pfeiffer said in an interview. Initially the pair met when friends had set them up on a blind date, a one-on-one affair that Pfeiffer changed to bowling with a group of friends. Now the couple has no problem being alone, appreciating each other and never taking the marriage for granted.
David Bowie and Iman, 23 years
A mutual friend set up a blind date between the legendary musician and Somali-born model on which the couple formed an instant connection. They married in 1992, which was followed by the birth of their daughter in 2000. Iman is now a philanthropist and supporter of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation, which works to provide basic human rights to Somalis. Regardless of her famous husband’s place in music history, she attests she did not fall in love with David Bowie the persona, but rather David Jones the man.
Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, 24 years
After meeting on the set of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984, the famous producer/director married actress Capshaw in 1991. The nuptials were a second shot at love for Spielberg, who was first wed to Amy Irving. The couple appears more in love than ever and has raised seven children over the years. Capshaw retired from acting in 2002, but Spielberg continues to headline as one of the world’s most famous modern directors.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, 27 years
Bacon and Sedgwick are like two teenagers cute in love: completely smitten and all over social media. On their 2015 anniversary Bacon posted, “Did I mention it’s 1,404 weeks since we tied the knot? #LikeFineWine.” Oddly enough, the couple first met when Bacon was 19, performing in a play in the ’70s. After a matinee performance, he was in a deli and was approached by a 12-year-old who had just seen the show. That girl was Sedgwick! The pair met again on the set of Lemon Sky and began dating when they were both in their twenties.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, 27 years
Hanks has many brilliant movies under his belt, but the best story he’s ever seen play out is his marriage to actress Wilson. The pair married in 1988 and Hanks said in an interview his secret to almost 30 years together is to “not be stupid.” Hanks was a stronghold for Wilson in her fight against breast cancer. Now the actress is cancer-free but endured a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery earlier in 2015 with Hanks by her side.
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, 27 years
Pollan and Fox are both veterans of show business, but the biggest roles of their lives have been that of husband and wife. Together they have faced his struggle with Parkinson’s disease as a family. Married in 1988 in an intimate ceremony on a wooded hillside in Arlington, Vermont, the couple said their idea of commitment was impenetrable. “When we married, we married—and that was it. We were in love then, as we are now, and we planned to stay married,” Fox said in an O, The Oprah Magazine interview.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall, 28 years
The Veep Emmy Award-winning actress of Seinfeld married director-producer Hall in 1987. They first met at Northwestern University as theater students where Hall asked the actress to join an improv troupe he and a friend had created. Following a stint at Second City the pair was then hired on at SNL for a few seasons before packing up for L.A and marrying a year later. For Louis-Dreyfus there’s no secret to a long marriage, just “Good luck. We were just right for each other, and it just so happened that we found each other.” The couple has two boys together.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest, 31 years
Along with an extremely successful acting career, Curtis’ marriage to actor Guest has also proven prosperous. Curtis’ advice for staying in a long-term marriage isn’t exactly a secret. “Don’t get divorced,” she said in an interview with TODAY. “It’s a fascinating thing. I could write a book on marriage called ‘Don’t Leave.'” The couple has two adopted children together and one of the most successful, longest celebrity marriages!
Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington, 32 years
Denzel may have been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1996, but the only woman he has eyes for is his wife of over 30 years. Sex symbol status aside, the couple, like any other, sees the best and worst of each other with love still prevailing. “We live in a time—and it’s not for me to judge anyone—when people give up too easy,” Denzel said about marriage in an Ebony interview. Denzel demonstrated an unfaltering persistence when he asked Pauletta to marry him three times! She finally said “I do” in a 1983 ceremony. Who knew theirs would be one of the longest celebrity marriages?
Bono and Ali Hewson, 33 years
Hewson married into the spotlight when she wed U2‘s front man (aka Paul David Hewson), but that hasn’t deterred her from fiercely keeping their family life private. The pair share a common interest in humanitarian efforts such as establishing EDUN, a socially responsible clothing line, in 2005.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, 33 years
In a roller coaster relationship that has survived drugs, therapy, violent arguments, reality TV, and of course, rock n’ roll, the Osbournes may be able to surpass all relationship hurdles at this point. In addition to Ozzy’s issues with drugs and alcohol, Sharon has fought a number of health battles including colon cancer and a high genetic risk for breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy in 2012. Whether it be for their three children or true love, the Osbournes have seriously stuck it out.
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson, 35 years
The celebrated actor met his future wife in class at Morehouse College. The couple married in 1980 and had their daughter, Zoe, in 1982. Richardson has said in a past interview that her husband Jackson is “smart” but “emotionally disconnected.” Despite personality flaws, however, she insists that their bond has only grown stronger over time.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, 37 years
Streep and Gummer, a sculptor, met through a series of events and Streep’s brother. Long story short, the award-winning actress and artist had four children and Gummer assumed the role of “stay-at-home dad” who worked seriously on his career while often being the family “good cop.” In her acceptance speech for best actress in The Iron Lady, Streep thanked the man who has been with her through her entire career, “First I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music, and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me.”
Hillary and Bill Clinton, 40
The Clintons are a formidable power couple in American politics. Running for public office is met with intense scrutiny and prying eyes, and the Clintons’ marriage has faced the struggle time and time again. Bill has said that he trusts Hillary with his life and has done so on multiple occasions. Hillary wrote in her first memoir, Living History, “The most difficult decisions I have made in my life were to stay married to Bill and to run for the Senate from New York.” The couple still maintains a deep closeness despite busy schedules that include running The Clinton Foundation, attending speaking engagements, and, oh yeah, running for president.
Regis and Joy Philbin, 45 years
Regis married Joy Senese in 1970, and together they had two daughters, adding to the two children Philbin had with first wife Kay Faylan. The 84-year-old king of TV personalities has built up an impressive resume, but his wife is no slouch. Joy has co-hosted and hosted a program of her own. In addition to their separate schedules, the couple plays tennis together and always keeps it interesting. “There’s just something about Regis. There’s always something new on the horizon and it keeps our lives active and fun. I’d rather be with Regis than any other person in the world,” Joy said in a Parade interview.
Christopher and Georgianne Walken, 46 years
While the actor is known for playing a wide variety of villainous and offbeat roles, his lengthy marriage to casting director Georgianne attests to his standup character. The couple doesn’t have any children, but they do have a cat named Bowtie. The Walkens have one of the longest celebrity marriages in the industry today, each supporting the other in their successes, (Georgianne won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Casting for a Series”).