I realized something the other day: next year is going to mark Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s tenth year anniversary. I don’t know if you guys remember the magazines from 2005, but there was definitely an undercurrent of ‘this is never going to last’. So congratulations to them on their upcoming milestone, and let’s take a look at some other celebrity couples who’ve withstood the test of time, and more impressively, the test of the limelight.
Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith, Met in 1995
When these two met on the set of 1995’s Two Much, they were both married to other people, her to Miami Vice star Don Johnson, and him to Ana Leza. However, it was love at first sight, despite a rocky start- apparently the first thing he said to her was to ask her age- not smooth, Mr. Banderas! Melanie Griffith’s divorce went through quickly, becoming final in May 1995, while Banderas’ wasn’t finalized until April 1996. They didn’t waste any time after that though, and the two were married in a private London ceremony in May 1996. They had their first child, Stella, in September 1996. Despite occasional difficulties with substance abuse, Griffith and Banderas’ marriage has stayed strong. On a side note, something they attribute to having an escape from their busy everyday lives: the family home in Spain.
David Bowie & Iman, Met in 1990
In 1990, Iman was supplementing her modelling career with acting, and David Bowie was continuing to be David Bowie (by which I mean: being one of the most influential musicians of the modern era), and they were both single. They were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend and according to reports, it was love at first sight for Bowie. He and Iman were married two years later in a ceremony that Bowie wrote five pieces of music for (two of them, ‘Pallas Athena’ and ‘The Wedding Song’, can be found on his 1993 album Black Tie White Noise.) The couple had their daughter in 2002. Apparently, one of the secrets to their marriage’s success can be found in shared priorities, as well as a shared sense of humour.
Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan Married Since 1988
Family Ties was one of the definitive 80’s sitcoms and, in a case of prophecy, season four saw Michael J. Fox’s character, Alex, falling in love with Ellen Reed, played by Tracy Pollan. In 1988, two years after their characters parted ways, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan were married. The couple, in a desire for privacy, went to great lengths to keep the press away from their wedding. They went through extremes such as, picking an ‘out of the way’ location, hiring a security firm to keep the prying eyes from the location, swearing the minister to secrecy, and installing an electric fence around the Inn where the ceremony took place. The couple has had four children since then.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Married Since 1988
Like Fox and Pollard, Tom Hanks met his wife of over twenty years at work. But romance didn’t bloom while on the set of the cross dressing comedy Bosom Buddies, but the two became friends during the filming of 1985’s Volunteers. Shortly after, the friendship became something more, which was momentarily unfortunate, since Hanks was married to Samantha Lewes at the time. While he was aware of the repercussions of the relationship, Hanks describes looking at Rita and knowing that was it, so shortly afterwards he and Lewes divorced in 1987. A year later, he and Rita were married, and stress the importance of being involved in the day-to-day details of each other’s lives as a component to a successful marriage.
Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick, Married Since 1988
While playing the role of Alan in the 1988 film adaptation of Lemon Sky, Kevin Bacon met Kyra Sedgewick, and they fell head over heels for each other, marrying on September fourth of that year. Since the marriage, they had two children, Travis in 1989 and Sosie Ruth in 1993, and have continued to work together, most notably in the critically acclaimed dramas Murder in the First and The Woodsman. The couple had a shock in 2011, when appearing on the PBS show Finding Your Roots, as they found out that they were ninth cousins, once removed (talk about six degrees of Kevin Bacon)! They found the news a little upsetting, but as it’s such a distant kinship, haven’t let it shake the marriage up.
Christopher Guest & Jamie Lee Curtis, Married Since 1984
Jamie Lee Curtis married fellow actor Christopher Guest in 1984, at a December 18th ceremony at the home of actor and director Rob Reiner, a mutual friend. They’ve adopted two children, Anne and Thomas, and have largely avoided paparazzi attention for the entire time. A spike of interest came in 1996, when Christopher Guest inherited the title of Lord Haden-Guest, alongside the Barony of Haden-Guest, making Jamie Lee Curtis the Lady Hayden-Guest. Guest appeared regularly in the British house of lords until the House of Lords act in 1991, which cut many inherited seats out of the house, a move which Guest wholly supported.
Kevin Kline & Phoebe Cates, Met in 1983
The Big Chill, released in 1983, was well received by critics, who praised the ensemble cast’s comedic timing. But Kevin Kline, who played Harold Cooper, found something more important than fleeting fame. During the audition process, he met actress Phoebe Cates (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins) who was auditioning for the role of Meg Tilly. While she didn’t get the role, she and Kline started dating, and in 1989, the two married, welcoming their first child in 1991.
Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson, Married Since 1980
It’s the typical sweetheart story: she’s going to a prestigious all-girls college, and he’s going to the nearby all-boys college, they meet and fall in love. Samuel L. Jackson met his wife LaTanya Richardson when she was attending Spelman College, while he was enrolled at Morehouse College (though he’d later be expelled for locking the board of trustees inside a building). They shared an interest in acting, civil rights and the same dedicated work ethic, and the two married in 1980. They welcomed their daughter, Zoe to the world in 1982. Since then, his career’s exploded, she’s switched paths into television production, and they’ve founded a charity for education together.
Ozzy Osbourne & Sharon Osbourne, Met in 1979
He might be the godfather of heavy metal, and the self-styled prince of darkness, but Ozzy Osbourne also seems to have shaped up into a good spouse over the course of his thirty-plus year marriage to Sharon Osbourne nee-Arden. The two met when Sharon was eighteen, and working for her father, who was Black Sabbath’s manager. The two of them were married on July 4th, 1982, with Ozzy claiming the date was picked specifically so he’d never forget their anniversary. The early years of their marriage were, regrettably, plagued by mutual substance abuse problems, which sometimes led to violence. The worst incident came in 1989, when Ozzy was arrested for attempted murder, he seemingly tried to strangle Sharon in a drug-fueled haze. Horrified at his actions, he entered rehab for several months and after which, according to Sharon, cut all violence from the relationship.
Meryl Streep & Don Gummer, Married Since 1978
After the death of her fiancé, John Cazale, Meryl was introduced to sculptor Don Gummer, a friend of her brother’s. The two hit it off, and were married at Mason’s Island on September 30th, 1978, shortly after she earned critical acclaim (and eventually, a Best Actress Emmy) for her role in the heart-wrenching miniseries Holocaust. The couple has four wonderful children, Henry, Mamie, Grace and Louisa. Streep’s advice for achieving marital longevity is simple: talk about everything with each other and accept that you’re not going to be right 100% of the time.
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