Hollywood splits and divorces are what normally dominate the headlines. It is not often that the media covers the couples that have weathered the storms of life and ‘celebrity’ and maintained committed to each other for the long run.
In an industry where few seem to respect monogamy, let alone the sanctity of marriage, wedded unions that pass the 10-year mark seem scarce. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are often praised for their 16-year marriage, even though divorce rumors persist despite the couple’s fierce denial. The couple has claimed during several media interviews that divorce is not an option.
Marriage in Hollywood is not easy and celebrity romances are not generally expected to last. Being in the limelight is so complicated that some stars, like Oprah Winfrey, have sworn off marriage all together. Hollywood couples, like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, have even made long-term unwedded bliss look way more attractive than matrimony. However, there are married celebrity couples out there that are proving they can make it work.
Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary this year, after separating in 2012 and reuniting 5 months later. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas and Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick are among the married Tinseltown couples that have remained united for the long haul.
Which other celebrity marriages have survived the odds?
9 John Travolta & Kelly Preston – 22 Years
Though the past five years have been tumultuous, John Travolta and Kelly Preston are still going strong after 22 years of matrimony. The couple lost their 16-year-old son, Jett, in 2009 and were rumored to be divorcing a year ago. The Saturday Night Fever star, who has been plagued with gay rumors throughout his career, was sued for sexual assault by two male massage therapists in 2012. The couple have two surviving children, Ella Bleu, 13, and Benjamin, 3.
8 Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson – 25 Years
Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have been happily married for 25 years. The couple celebrated their 25th year of marriage last December. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last December, Tom told DeGeneres “…the only thing we ever argue about is who loves each other more…" According to Celebuzz, the couple met on the set of ‘Bosom Buddies’ and married in 1988. They have two sons together, Chet, 23, and Truman Theodore, 18. Tom also has two children from his previous marriage to the late actress Samantha Lewes.
7 Denzel Washington & Pauletta Pearson Washington – 31 Years
31 years later, Denzel Washington and his wife, Pauletta, are still together. Despite cheating rumors that have plagued their marriage, his wife told Ebony magazine last year, “He has and knows he has stability in me as his wife.” The couple wed in 1983 after meeting on the set of his first movie, 'Wilma', reports Hollywood Life. Together they have four children: pro football player John David, 29, Katia, 27, and twins Olivia and Malcolm, 23.
6 Ozzy Osbourne & Sharon Osbourne – 32 Years
British rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, ‘The Talk’ co-host Sharon, will celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary this July. The road has not been easy, as Ozzy has battled drug and alcohol addiction, but Sharon told ‘The Talk’ audience she was not divorcing her husband despite his public relapse last year. Ozzy has three children from a previous marriage and the couple has three children from their union. Their children are: Aimee, 30, E!’s ‘Fashion Police’ host Kelly, 29 and Jack, 28. The family was prominently featured on their long-running MTV reality series ‘The Osbournes’, which aired for three years.
5 Dustin Hoffman & Lisa Hoffman – 33 Years
Dustin Hoffman has been happily married to his second wife, Lisa Hoffman, for nearly 34 years. Hoffman has two children from a previous marriage. The couple have four children together: Jacob Edward, 33, Rebecca Lillian, 31, Maxwell Geoffrey, 29, and Alexandra Lydia, 26. Lisa supported Dustin through his cancer treatment in 2013 and he is now in great health, according to People magazine.
4 Meryl Streep & Don Gummer – 35 Years
Meryl Streep has been married to husband Don Gummer since November of 1978. Reportedly, the couple met through Streep’s brother after her boyfriend passed away. They have four children together: Henry Wolfe, 34, Mamie, 30, Grace, 27, and Louisa, 22. A recent unauthorized biography of Jack Nicholson’s life claimed Meryl cheated with Nicholson on a movie set, reports Celeb Dirty Laundry. Despite the allegations, the couple shows no sign of splitting up.
3 Sissy Spacek & Jack Fisk – 40 Years
Sissy Spacek has had a lasting marriage to husband Jack Fisk since 1974. Jerry was a director on the movie that helped Spacek rise to fame, ‘Carrie’, and reportedly helped her land the role. In her memoir, My Extraordinary Life published in 2012, Sissy refers to her husband as her first love. Jerry went on to direct Sissy in several films after ‘Carrie’ and she reportedly credits him with teaching her about acting and film. The couple has two adult daughters, Schulyer, 31, and Madison, 25.
2 Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara – 60 Years
Comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara have been married for 60 Years. The husband and wife comedy duo are the parents of Ben and Amy Stiller. The couple rose to fame performing together in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 2012, Jerry told The NY Daily News, “Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. We needed stability."
1 Kirk Douglas & Anne Buydens – 60 Years
Kirk Douglas and his wife, producer Anne Buydens, have been married since they eloped to Las Vegas in 1954. The Hollywood couple have overcome some tough relationship trials. Their youngest son Eric, overdosed in 2004. They now remain active in charity work for breast cancer research and community beautification projects. Michael Douglas, 69 , is Kirk’s oldest son from a previous marriage. The couple has a surviving son, Peter, 58, from their union.
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