Sadly on the Hollywood scene, it is not at all uncommon for celebrity marriages to fall apart and end quickly surrounded with drama. Despite the infamous trend, however, some Hollywood relationships have withstood the test of time and have lasted for decades.
Some of them made it through alleged cheating scandals, divorces, and breakups. In addition, they all have to deal with the busy schedules of both partners. Some marriages are private and secretive, while people know everything there is about others.
In this article, we explore 15 of the longest celebrity relationships and marriages currently lasting.
15. Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn – 36 years
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been in a long relationship since the year 1983. They never got married, but they found each other and also have a son together, Wyatt.
Goldie told Loose Women, “I would have been long divorced if I’d been married. Marriage is an interesting, psychological thing. If you need to feel bound to someone then it’s important to be married.”
14. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman – about 37 years
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy met at the start of the 1980s and then dated on and off for 15 years. Finally, they decided to marry each other, and have been married for 20 years now. She is still madly in love, “I totally adore him. I just lucked out with that guy. He walks in a room and I go ‘Ah!'”, as she told Ellen in 2015.
13. Julia Louis – Dreyfus and Brad Hall – about 37 years
Julia Louis-Dreyfus met Brad Hall at Northwestern back in the early 1980s. They have been married since 1987 and they have two sons together. She once mentioned how she was “lucky” to meet her soulmate early in her life.
She said, “I married the right guy for me, and that was lucky. But my marriage and my family have been a priority. That may sound stupid. Many people would say exactly that. But I worked very, very hard to keep us intact. And it’s been my pleasure because it’s the only way I could have survived in this business — with my family unit in place.”
12. Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach – 38 years
The famous musician and the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr met the former Bond girl met in 1980, during the filming of “Caveman” where they co-starred together. He said that he had already loved her by the end of the project. “Five days later—it’s in my book, it was a Sunday afternoon — I was in love with the woman.” They married in 1981.
11. Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett – 39 years
The star of “American Horror” Angela Bassett met her colleague and future husband Courtney B. Vance in 1980. They got married in 1997 and now have twins together. She shared a funny story to Conan about her sex scene with Lady Gaga during season five of “American Horror Story”. It was a secret until it aired, so she prepared her husband for it.
“I just, you know, waited until the night [the episode aired] and said, ‘Come on, I want you to see something!’ … And so I’m showing it, and I have the remote and he’s like, ‘Woah, Woah, woah, what’s about to happen?!’ I was like, ‘Well pause! What’s going on with you, are you going to be all right?’ I just eased him into it.”
10. Keith Richards and Patti Hansen – 40 years
The rock star and the model met in the year 1979 when she was celebrating her 23rd birthday at Studio 54. She convinced her future husband Richards to get her a bottle of champagne. Richards described that this meeting made him feel “over the moon and peeing in my pants” with excitement. Sadly, they did not connect then and there, but it was meant to be as nine months later they met again. Richards was again in awe, and this time, she felt the same. They have been married since 1983, and have two daughters together, Theodora and Alexandra.
He once said, “Incredibly I’ve found a woman. A miracle. She is the most beautiful specimen in the WORLD. … It certainly helps but it’s her mind, her joy of life, and she thinks this battered junkie is the guy she loves.”
9. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – 40 years
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are a true match. They met in 1979 and got married in 1982. They have been through a lot through their marriage, and especially lately, but wish to renew their vows this year. Fans could see much about their life in their famous reality show.
Their daughter Kelly said, “It’s really nice to watch. Everyone goes through hard times, but they’re the definition of true love. To see them fall so deeply in love with each other all over again time and time again, it makes me realize how special my family is.”
8. Mark and Marilou Hamill – 40 years
The legendary “Star Wars” star who plays Luke Skywalker devoted an Instagram post in December 2018 to the celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary. He wrote a Maya Angelou quote, “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” They have been married since 1978, and have three children.
To answer a question on how they keep their life private, Marilou said, “We don’t live in town, so we don’t go in and do all the party circuits.”
7. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer – 41 years
Meryl Streep is the most Oscar-nominated actress ever. She met Don Gummer in 1978, only six months after her first husband sadly passed away from lung cancer. The pair now have four children together. They do not talk about their marriage, but he received a special shout-out when Meryl won the Academy Award for best actress in 2012, when she began her speech with, “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.”
6. Denzel and Pauletta Washington – 42 years
Denzel Washington met Pauletta in 1977, and they said, “I do” in 1983. However, before this, Pauletta actually rejected his previous proposals! During Access Hollywood at the L.A. premiere of “2 Guns”, the famous actor said, “You heard it here first. She turned me down, she said no. And since it was three times, that means she turned me down twice.”
5. Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston Bridges – 44 years
Iconic actor Jeff Bridges knew that Susan was going to be his wife when he saw her while filming “Rancho Deluxe” in Montana in 1975, even though she had broken her nose and had two black eyes from a car accident.
“We danced, and that was about it, man. I mean, I was head over heels. I was head over heels the first time I saw her.”
She turned him down at first, but their paths crossed again and they are together since then. They got married in 1977 and have three daughters together, Isabelle, Jessica, and Haley.
4. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner – 47 years
Lily and Jane met each other in 1972 when she was looking for someone to help her develop a character, Edith Ann, for the show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. They finally got married only 5 years ago, in 2014, after spending 42 years together.
3. Ron and Cheryl Howard – 49 years
This is clear proof that high school sweethearts can work. Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard met in high school and their first date was when they were both 16 years old. Since then, they have been together.
He said one time, “I felt really lucky when we met. It’s crazy — we were teenagers, it shouldn’t have worked. We got married young, that shouldn’t have worked either, and yet it really and truly has.”
They got married in 1975 and now have four children together. Bryce Dallas and twins Jocelyn and Paige are their daughters, while Reed is their son.
2. Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson – 49 years
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most recognized actors ever, whose career spans decades. He and LaTanya Richardson were college sweethearts. They met while she was at Spelman University, and he was at Morehouse University, back in 1970. They got married ten years later, in 1980, and have a daughter named Zoe. Jackson often speaks how his wife challenges him to be a better person and a better actor.
He told Guardian, “I’ve always had my wife LaTanya, who’s my harshest critic. She’d say, ‘You’re so intelligent that the first time you read something, you think you understand it intellectually and emotionally … But there’s no blood in it.’ It wasn’t until I got sober that I knew fully what she meant. Before, I used to do stuff on stage and kinda look for the reaction from the audience — ‘Aha! I got ’em good that time!’ And once I was able to ignore that, and focus on the relationships with the people I was onstage with, I was finally able to blossom into whatever I might think I am now.”
1. Dolly Parton and Carl Dean – 55 years
Dolly Parton met her future husband Carl Dean in 1964. The pair got married two years later. They recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary, and are on the tops pot of the longest celebrity couples who are still together. They do not appear in the media a lot. Dean has always stayed out of the limelight, which among other things is what had kept them together for five and a half decades.
She once shared, “They say that opposites attract, and it’s true. We’re completely opposite, but that’s what makes it fun. I never know what he’s gonna say or do. He’s always surprising me.”