Marriages and relationships generally end in Hollywood, and that cannot be denied. It is important to note that there are plenty of exceptions to this rule.
We examine some of the well-known celebrity couples who have endured the test of time despite the glitz, glamor, and controversy.
Denzel and Pauletta Washington – 35 Years
Many fans were hoping to woo Denzel Washington after People magazine named him the best-looking man of 1996.
But when they discovered he was already married, they would be crushed! Six years after the Training Day actor and his wife Pauletta first met, they got married. Four children have now been born to them, and a few decades after their initial wedding, they rekindled their vows in South Africa, of all places!
Julia Roberts & Danny Moder – 16 Years
It's incredible that an actress as well-known and in-demand as Julia Roberts has been able to maintain a happy marriage for so long. Roberts has no intention of leaving her spouse Danny Moder anytime soon, despite playing roles in movies like Pretty Woman and Notting Hill.
In fact, Moder was married at the time they met when he was working as a cameraman on her film set. Yet, she couldn't resist being with him.
Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick – 32 years
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, who have been married for more than 30 years, are the Hollywood couple that we have all come to adore. When Bacon was 29 and Sedgwick was 22, they met on the set of the television show Lemon Sky and got married in 1988.
They enjoy their lives, are successful in their careers, and have two kids together. By not just loving one another but also liking one another, the couple is able to overcome their difficulties.
Tom Selleck & Jillie Mack – 31 Years
He is frequently thought of as one of TV's most desired men. Women wanted to be with him, and men wanted to be like him! However, Jillie Mack is the one woman who could really win Tom Selleck's heart. The Magnum P.I. actor began to share how wonderful his marriage had been.
“Hopefully you marry someone who you not only love but who you like as well,” he said. “I just still enjoy my wife’s company enormously.”
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi – 14 Years
Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres are genuinely couple goals. They have been dating for fifteen of their nearly twenty years of friendship. In 2000, when same-sex relationships were still mostly prohibited, the two met at a social event.
They began dating in 2004 but didn't publicly announce their relationship until 2005. The two eventually were married in 2008 after the prohibition against same-sex unions was abolished. Although there are rumors of divorce from time to time, Degeneres has stated that "none of it is even remotely true."
Alan & Arlene Alda – 61 Years
Alda, who played Hawkeye Pierce on the adored television program M*A*S*H, has been married to his wife Arlene since 1957. His book Never Have Your Dog Stuffed (And Other Things I've Learned), according to a CNN review, is a powerful testimonial to their devotion. He writes warmly about meeting a woman named Arlene, according to one reviewer.
Within a few pages, they are delaying Alda's military service by going for walks in Bronx Park. and tying the knot. Since the book is 224 pages long, you anticipate minor disputes, acrimonious relationships, and divorce, but there's nothing.
John Travolta & Kelly Preston – 29 Years
Kelly Preston and John Travolta first crossed paths at a screen test for The Experts, a 1989 comedy. At the time, Preston was still married to actor Kevin Gage, but it was love at first sight for Travolta. Kelly went on to George Clooney after Kelly and Kevin got divorced; it wasn't until 1990 that Travolta was able to make her fall in love all over again.
On New Year's Eve 1991, he made the proposal, and Kelly accepted without hesitation.
Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman – 22 Years
When Rachel Zoe was just 19 years old in 1991, she met Rodger Berman, the love of her life. When they first met, the future couple were both working in restaurants.
“I vividly remember the first time I saw her, wearing a tight black mini dress, high-heeled pumps, stick-straight hair, and big red lips covered in M.A.C. Chili lipstick (her trademark),” he shared. “She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.” They later had two children.
Jamie Lee Curtis & Christopher Guest – 35 years
One of Jamie Lee Curtis' numerous talents is undoubtedly making an audience laugh. She is famous for playing a variety of roles, from the deeply moving to the deeply angsty. It comes as no surprise that she is married to legendary mockumentary actor Christopher Guest.
But ever since they said "I do" in 1984 and up until the present, the world has been moved by their commitment and perseverance in marriage. "I've always put my family first, and that's simply the way it is," is how Curtis explains it. Together, they have adopted two kids.
Dustin Hoffman & Lisa Hoffman – 40 Years
Dustin Hoffman married Lisa in 1980, and the couple has four beautiful children together. The couple met because Dustin’s mother was friends with Lisa’s grandmother. They were childhood friends that reconnected when she was 22, and Dustin was 38.
Lisa talks openly about being very disconnected from Hollywood, stating that she “just happens to be married to an actor.” She has a law degree, and although she knew that she wouldn’t practice law, she wanted to do something for herself.
Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan – 30 Years
Hollywood may break some people up, but it also sometimes brings people together – like Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, who actually first met on the set of Family Ties, where they played love interests Allen and Ellen.
They even had some kissing scenes for the show, but they didn’t fall in love right away! It wasn’t until 1987 when they starred together on the film, Bright Lights, Big City, that they realized they could be the couple they kept playing in the movies.
Dolly Parton & Carl Dean – 52 Years
It was love at first sight for Carl and Dolly. They met when she was only 18, and he was 21, it was Parton’s first day in Nashville, they met outside of a laundromat – their love story sounds like a country song. Two years later, the couple tied the knot.
The only people that attended the wedding were Parton’s mom, the preacher, and his wife. Although the couple does not have kids, they love spoiling their nieces and Parton’s famous goddaughter, Miley Cyrus.
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne – 37 years
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne may be one of Hollywood’s most controversial couples – but through thick and thin, the couple has stayed together. Sharon met Ozzy when she was 18, while working for her father, who was managing Black Sabbath at the time.
As they started dating, Sharon took over his management as a solo artist. The two were married in 1982 and have three children together, Aimee, Kelly, and Jack.
Barbra Streisand & James Brolin – 22 Years
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin are known as one of Hollywood’s greatest power couples. They first met when they were set up at a party and hit it off immediately. They went on their first date in 1996 and married in 1998.
She speaks fondly of their first date, “I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven,” Streisand said in an interview.
Billy Ray & Tish Cyrus – 26 Years
In December of 1993, Billy Ray secretly married Tish Finley, against his record company’s advice. Tish was pregnant with their second child, Braison. Billy Ray adopted two young children Tish had brought into their marriage, Brandi and Trace, and raised them as his own.
In 2010, the couple filed for divorce for the first time, citing irreconcilable differences, in 2011 the divorce had been dropped. In 2013, Tish filed for divorce – but after months of therapy, they dropped the divorce case yet again.
Annette Bening & Warren Beatty – 28 Years
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty have been married for what seems like an eternity. They met in 1990 when Beatty was searching for a leading lady for the mafia drama Bugsy. He fell in love with her on their first date, but the two stayed friends until just before the filming of the film was over.
Warren invited Annette to dinner, and although she had her doubts, she went with him. Twenty-six years and four kids later, the power couple is stronger than ever.
Ringo Starr & Barbara Bach – 37 Years
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach have been together for almost four decades. Bach is widely recognized for her role as the Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me. Starr was the drummer for the best-selling band in history, The Beatles.
The two lovebirds met on the set of Caveman back in 1980 and got married just a year later.So, what’s their secret to a long and happy marriage? According to an interview with People, Bach spoke of her husband saying, “I love the man, and that’s it.” That’s clearly proof that ‘love is all you need…’
Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber – 30 Years
Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber, one of the hottest ‘it’ couples of the ’80s, have been married for thirty-two years. While the duo has kept their personal lives quite private over the years, we know that Harmon is completely smitten with his wife.
During an interview, he revealed that he wears a ring when he’s not shooting because “…I’m proud of who I’m married to. I’m just so proud of her.” It’s clear that this marriage is all about love and respect, which may be the very secret to their successful marriage.
Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld – 19 Years
It’s unclear if Jessica Seinfeld’s friendship with comedian Jerry caused her previous marriage with Eric Nederlander to fall apart. Nevertheless, the two hit it off shortly after, and the rest was history. Apparently, food is what has kept the two together.
“Chicken parmesan. It’s why Jerry wanted to marry me,” she said. “It remains the glue of our family.” Fast forward over two decades later, and the couple is still going strong. They have even had three kids together.
Michelle Pfeiffer & David E. Kelley – 26 Years
Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelly met on a blind date in 1993 – believe it or not, the couple went bowling. Their story is your typical whirlwind romance – they married ten months after they began dating.
With so many Hollywood relationships that seem to start and end in the blink of an eye, it comes to somewhat of a surprise that this love story has stayed strong for more than 25 years. According to sources, it was Kelly’s support that made an impression on Michelle.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – 22 Years
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill first met while they were both trying to make in the business back in ’94 at the New Faces Show in Nashville, Tennessee. At that point, Hill was just coming out of a divorce from a while McGraw was involved with someone else.
As fate would have it, though, McGraw and Hill ultimately met again two years later when they both headlined a joint tour in ’96. Sparks flew, and it wasn’t long before McGraw proposed and Hill accepted. Twenty-three years and three kids later, the two lovebirds couldn’t be any happier.
Victoria & David Beckham – 19 Years
Despite their superstar status making them subject to constantly troubling rumors and divorce suspicions. The pop singer/fashion designer and professional footballer have been married since 1999, just two years after they began dating.
But after four beautiful children and almost twenty years of anniversaries with neverending declarations of love for each other, it’s easy to see that those rumors were simply the hopes of those who wanted the two hot young stars for themselves.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell – 37 Years
So maybe Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell aren’t married but they definitely know a thing or two about relationships. After all, they’re one of the most iconic in Hollywood, proving that just because you like it doesn’t mean you have to put a ring on it.
Although they met in 1966 when Hawn was 21 and Russell was just 16, the pair didn’t go on their first date until 1983. The two believe that the secret to a “lasting relationship isn’t about marriage. It’s about compatibility and communication. And you both need to want it to work.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. – 20 Years
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. met in 1997 while they were filming the teen horror, I Know What You Did Last Summer, although they didn’t start dating until 2000. By April of 2001, they were engaged but didn’t get hitched until a year later in Mexico when they were both in their mid-twenties.
They share two children together — a daughter (born 2009) and a son (born 2012). During an interview with Us Magazine, Gellar acknowledged that marriage is work. “It’s like any relationship in your life. You have to nurture it and take time with it.”
Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy – 23 Years
Although these two split up for several years in the ’90s, they got back together, and when William proposed, Felicity said yes. The duo tied the knot in 1997, and William says Felicity has always been his “dream girl.” The couple had two daughters together, Sophia and Georgia.
In recent years, Felicity got herself into legal trouble when she was charged with a college admissions scandal, sure enough, William stood by her side.
Judd Apatow & Leslie Mann – 23 Years
One of the industry’s funniest couples is living proof that comedians take love very seriously. Filmmaker Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann met on the set of the 1996 film, The Cable Guy.
They were married a year later, and have two daughters, Maude and Iris.The couple works together often, Mann has been featured in many of Apatow’s films such as Knocked Up and This Is 40. Both of their daughters appeared in the two movies as well, as Leslie Mann’s character’s daughters.
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance – 13 Years
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance have been one of Hollywood’s most gorgeous couples for years – they seem to be aging like a fine wine, both together and apart. The couple met at the Yale School of Drama, and despite their romance blossoming into one of Hollywood’s finest, it wasn’t anything close to love at first sight.
The two remained friends for years, but it didn’t turn romantic for over a decade. They began dating in 1994 and made things official when they tied the knot in 2007.
Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas – 20 Years
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who share the same birthday, met at the Deauville Film Festival in 1998, after being introduced by Danny DeVito. The couple got engaged in 1999 and were married in 2000. Their wedding was named “wedding of the year” by the BBC.
In 2010, Douglas was diagnosed with tongue cancer, and Zeta-Jones faced an emotionally hard time. The couple decided to live separately in 2013 but reconciled in 2014 and have stayed stronger than ever, ever since.
Brooke Shields & Chris Henchy – 17 Years
Chris Henchy is a screenwriter and producer that married model-actress, Brooke Shields, in 2001. The two met through a mutual friend in ’99 on the Warner Bros. lot. It wasn’t long before the duo got engaged. In fact, Henchy proposed to Shields in July of 2000 when they were on vacation in Mexico.
They were married less than a year later in April of 2001. According to the actress, communication is a huge part of what makes their marriage work, as well as some space. During an interview, she revealed that “a little space is good.”