Celebrity relationships don’t have the best reputation when it comes to the long term. But these celebrity couples’ long-lasting love will make you renew your faith. And when you’ve been together as long as these couples have, you’ll have seen each other through some ups and downs (80s hair, 90s fashion, and 2000s lip gloss), but they’ve got the secrets to success. So, all you new couples out there wondering what it takes to keep the romance alive not just five years down the line, but 10, 20, 30, or even 50 years? Pay attention! Young Hollywood darlings especially – take notes!
1. Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
James Bond has seduced more women than Casanova, but one-time Bond portrayer Pierce Brosnan couldn’t be more different than the legendary lethario. After meeting in 1994 in Cabo San Lucas, Pierce Brosnan and former journalist Keely Shaye Smith have been together ever since, proving to us all that it’s possible to withstand the test of time even when you’re James Bond.
On their first meeting Smith said, “He was captivating, ” adding, “He had a mischievous sparkle in his eyes.” And after 25 years and two sons, Dylan and Paris, the pair still have eyes only for each other. No Bond Girl could distract Brosnan from his bride, as he told the Express, “I think of her all the time.” Now that’s a happy marriage!
2. David Beckham and Victoria Beckham (née Adams)
These days the fashionable pair make Best Dressed lists nearly every time they step out of the house, but when you’ve been together as long David and Victoria Beckham have, you’ve seen some trends come and go (those matching purple outfits!), but their love will always be in style.
Even before meeting, David knew Victoria was the one. Watching the future Mrs. Beckham in a Spice Girls music video, the soccer superstar turned to his teammate and said, “That one there, that’s the girl I’m going to marry.” And he did! The two met in 1997 and tied the knot two years later. Since then they’ve continued to be each other’s number one fan, whether on the field or front row at Fashion Week.
3. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
They say when you know, you know, and these two just knew! Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos first met on the set of the long-running ABC daytime soap opera All My Children, but Ripa knew he was the one even before Consuelos’ first day on set.
A casting director showed Ripa Consuelos’ photo and it all came into focus. “I saw my entire future with him flash before my eyes,” she said. Flash is exactly the right word for these two! Kelly and Mark were married in a flash, eloping in 1996. Flash forward, and the pair won “Hottest Romance” at the 1997 Soap Opera Awards. Flash forward another twenty years and these two are still burning strong.
4. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Don’t expect this outspoken pair to sugarcoat it – marriage is hard work, but more than twenty years after saying “I do” these two are still sweet on each other. And anyone in a fledgling relationship take note, because if the longevity of their marriage has proven anything, it’s that these two have the secret to success.
Despite nagging divorce rumors, these two are in it to win it. On marriage Smith smartly said, “If there is a secret I would say it is that we never went into working on our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually – and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.” Inspirational, no?
5. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parke and Matthew Broderick are proof positive that long careers and a long marriage can go hand in hand. For this New York power couple, it’s all about what they share, that keeps their marriage strong. But for these busy Broadway legends, it’s not just about sharing the details of the day.
These lifelong New Yorkers have been walking side by side through more than 20 years of marriage (while wearing SJP designed shoes, probably). This couple shares a love of the theater, of the city they call home, and of course, their three children. On marriage Parker has said, “I love our life,” adding, “it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.” Pretty sweet, but does the next couple actually hold the secret to a long-lasting marriage?
6. Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber
The model marriage of former-model Rande Gerber, and the original supermodel Cindy Crawford makes these two role models on and off the runway. With two top-model kids, Presley and Kaia, revving up the runways, the photogenic foursome’s lives seem pretty picture perfect.
The two strutted down the catwalk and then down the aisle in 1998. Since then they’ve made two decades of marriage look as glamorous as they are. For this ageless couple, a happy partnership is the secret behind their youthful glows. On their 20th anniversary Crawford shared, “I couldn’t have chosen a better man to do this thing called life with.”
7. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Living legends Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have a relationship so sweet it could’ve been plucked from the plot of one of their romance movies. After getting together on the set of Swing Shift in 1984, this golden-haired golden couple didn’t need to exchange rings to vow to stay together.
Celebrating more than 30 (!) years together, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have famously never walked down the aisle, but that hasn’t kept them from becoming one of Hollywood’s longest lasting couple. How have these two stood the test of time, according to Hawn, “You have to want to stay together, and we really want to. Therefore you work to be together.”
8. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Country music crooners Faith Hill and Tim McGraw sang their way into the hearts of millions before coupling up in 1996. While these Grammy winners found career success on their own, their singles just don’t sound as sweet as the duo’s duets.
Rightly regarded as Country Music Royalty, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw know just what it takes to make a twenty-plus year marriage really sing, “It’s such a rare thing to be able to experience what we do for a living, and to do it together really feels like all the moments are special.” These two are as timeless as their tunes and a ten-gallon hat.
9. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Celebrity relationships don’t have the best track records when it comes to staying power, but power couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson definitely have what it takes to go the distance. Getting together on the set of the 1985 film Volunteers, these two have been together through it all (80s hairdos too).
Forrest Gump may have said that “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get,” but Hanks knew exactly. The actor said, “When we first looked at each other there was definitely a kind of like, ‘Hey this is the place!’,” going on to say, “I think the end result is that we got married for all the right reasons.”
10. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are the celebrity coupling of our 90s teen romcom movie dreams. Meeting on the set of the 1997 movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, the Hollywood darlings didn’t rush into anything like so many young stars.
So how did these two beat the curse of young Hollywood love lost? According to Prinze Jr., “We were just friends for a good two years before we ever went on a date,” adding, “We ended up being the perfect balance. But it didn’t happen until years after and there was a solid foundation built, and that’s probably the main reason we’ve always been cool and groovy.” But is the next happily married couple’s secret just as groovy?
11. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Surprise! These Hollywood mainstays met on a movie set – but unlike so many other celeb couples, it was not love at first sight, well, not for Kyra Sedgwick anyway. Bacon recalled, “I was just immediately in love with her and she was just immediately put off by me.”
Bacon knew what he was doing, and won her over. So, any celebrity couple that can make it to 30 years must know what they’re doing, right? Kevin Bacon may be footloose, but he’s not cutting loose on what makes his marriage such a breeze. The one thing Bacon will recommend? “Whatever you do, don’t listen to celebrities on advice on how to stay married. That’s my secret.”
12. Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
1986 was a big year for Oprah, her titular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show first aired, and she met the love of her life, businessman Stedman Graham. What happens when your career and your love life take off at the same time?
Only Oprah could launch a career and a new relationship at the same time and not just succeed at both, but excel. Oprah has proved that when you work hard, you really can have it all. Winfrey and Graham are decidedly unmarried, but let their more than 30-year-union teach a lesson on life and love, sometimes, the best path to success is to write your own rules. These two sure have!
13. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Fame has broken too many couples apart, but as they say, love will keep us together. Long before he suited up in that spandex suit and grew out those sideburns for his role as Wolverine, Jackman got his start on an ABC TV drama costarring, of course, Deborra-Lee Furness.
The Australian twosome met on set in 1995, and while the show only ran for one season, their relationship has been running ever since. For Hugh Jackman, his role as The Greatest Showman isn’t the greatest thing to have happened to him in the course of his career, Deborra-Lee Furness is, as he told Ellen DeGeneres on her show, “She’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me and it gets better and better.” Ellen can certainly relate, she’s half of a happy Hollywood couple too!
14. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres first made us laugh in the early 90s. Getting her start around the same time, Portia de Rossi has since become known for her comedic timing in cult-favorite tv shows Ally McBeal and Arrested Development. It would only be a matter of time before these funny ladies found each other.
Ellen and Portia began dating in 2004 and tied the knot as soon as it became legal. Ten years of marriage later and these two aren’t sharing just their senses of humor, but their humanitarianism too. In the birthday gift to top all gifts, de Rossi gifted her wife a permanent gorilla home named in her honor, the “Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.”
15. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Age is just a number for these two! Right, right, you could say that about loads of couples, but for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, a 25-year age difference makes no difference to them, their love was written in the stars – the couple share a birthday too!
With more than one Oscar win and almost twenty years of marriage between them, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are in it to win it. Zeta-Jones and Douglas know what it takes to keep their marriage going for the gold. According to Zeta-Jones, “I think understanding, listening, being friends, all helps.” Douglas echoed his wife’s sentiments saying, “I think mutual respect.” We think that sounds like a winning idea. But what does the next couple on our list think is the secret to a happy marriage?
16. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
It may not have always been smooth sailing for these two, but Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have overcome every obstacle to make it past their 35th wedding anniversary, looking as smitten now as they were on their wedding day way back in 1982.
After a cheating scandal involving the Black Sabbath frontman, the two worked through a near-split, coming together stronger than ever. The pair renewed their vows in 2017, and on her show The Talk, Sharon revealed, “I just had a newfound love.” Their fresh take on their long-lasting marriage is sure to keep this marriage rocking another 35 years.
17. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford
In 2002, as Harrison Ford was secretly separated from second wife Melissa Mathison, he began secretly dating Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart. Even as he’s become known for playing tough, gruff leading men, Flockhart brings out the sweet side of the Star Wars star.
Shortly after going public with their romance Ford confessed, “I’m in love. Romantic love is one of the most exciting and fulfilling kinds of love and I think there is a potential for it at any stage of your life.” Fifteen years later and this high-profile pair are still flying high on their love in a plane piloted by aviation aficionado Ford.
18. Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin
Leave it to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fan-favorite couple Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin to get real about what it really takes to make a twenty-plus years long marriage work. And reality television naysayers take note – because this happy marriage advice is actually really good.
In a case of “Opposites Attract” Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin have it figure out. During an interview on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Rinna revealed, “It’s just work. It takes work. It takes communication. It takes some luck, a lot of mutual respect.” But never one to take things too seriously Rinna added, “I don’t know, I’m the third wife. Three times is a charm, maybe.” Either way, these two are the real deal.
19. Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli
For 22 years, Oscar-winning Colin Firth and Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli held the secret to a successful and happy marriage. The pair tied the knot in 1997 and share two sons. In 2011, Firth told Piers Morgan that to him, Livia is the most beautiful woman in the world.
Several years ago the couple decided to briefly separate before reuniting, but in December, 2019, Firth and Giuggioli announced that they were officially going separate ways. Sources close to the couple insist that the couple are still close friends and will remain a unit when it comes to the love for their sons.
20. Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
While tennis champ Anna Kournikova and Grammy-winning Enrique Iglesias met like so many celeb couples, yup, you guessed it, on set (okay, a music video set, but still), that’s where their similarities to the couples on this list end. These two did something most Hollywood couples can only dream of – keep their relationship out of the press.
After meeting in 2001, the couple were all over tabloids and magazines, until gradually, they weren’t. What happened? Did they split? Nope! They’ve been together all along, managing to keep the press out of their private lives, it wasn’t until December 2017 that the two shared they were expecting twins. Congrats Anna and Enrique! But what about our next couple?
21. Willie Nelson and Annie D’Angelo
The fourth time seemed to be the charm for country music star and actor Willie Nelson, who tied the knot with his wife Annie D’Angelo of 28 years in 1991. The musician and Hollywood makeup artist met in 1986 on the set of the film Stagecoach. Soon after they started dating and then wed at St. Alouin Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
The formidable pair settled in Hawaii and had two sons, one of which is Lukas Autry Nelson, a musician himself and founder of the American country rock group, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. It’s no surprise seeing that his father entered the music scene in the ‘60s and pioneered the subgenre “outlaw country,” with his famous albums Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust.
22. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
They have one of the longest lasting marriages in Hollywood, and maybe that’s in thanks to how long they dated before getting hitched. After meeting during the casting of Spielberg’s silver screen smash hit Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, the two took their time.
This romance wouldn’t be doomed after Capshaw entered a different sort of temple (see what we did there?), converting from Episcopalian Christianity to Judaism in 1991 and marrying a year later. The pair have been going strong for nearly thirty years and to that we raise a glass and say l’chaim! Can we get an amen?
23. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
If age is nothing but a number for the last couple on our list, then height is nothing to these two. At 6′ 2″, Sacha Baron Cohen towers over his petite partner Isla Fisher, who is a whole foot shorter than her funnyman hubby. If height is no problem, what about Cohen’s crazy characters?
Sacha Baron Cohen is best-known for pulling some outrageous stunts, all while staying deep in character. Is there room in their more than 15-year marriage for Borat, Bruno, and Ali G? Well, she may be small, but the Fisher has a big enough personality to go toe-to-toe with her husband’s many personalities, saying that finding each other was like, “hitting the lottery.”
24. Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley
If only all blind dates ended this well, although, if your mystery date was Michelle Pfeiffer, who wouldn’t be pleasantly surprised? After being set up by a mutual friend in January 1993, this blind date turned out to be love at first sight. The couple were married later that year!
The blockbuster actress and the award winning screenwriter have the perfect balance in their Hollywood relationship. On screen or on the page, their work is something that keeps them together, “I think we want the same things for our children, want the same things out of our relationship, and we have a similar work ethic, you know, that we both love our work and we love to be challenged.”
25. Annette Bening and Warren Beatty
For decades it seemed that no woman could resist the undeniable charm of legendary ladies’ man (and iconic actor/director) Warren Beatty. After three decades as the determined bachelor, Beatty has been blissfully bound to Annette Bening for just as long as he was famously single.
Bening met Beatty when he cast her in his 1991 movie Bugsy, and it was then that the sworn bachelor broke his bad habits. With Bening he knew he’d met the one, saying “I had no doubt when I met Annette that it was time to get married.” And neither of them has ever looked back.
26. Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean
Alright, all you other celebrity couples can pipe down and listen close, because the Queen of Country Miss Dolly Parton herself, has some marriage advice and y’all can’t argue with more than 50 (!) years of marriage under her bedazzled belt.
Despite Parton’s big hair, big voice, and above all, big personality, Dean has chosen to remain out of the spotlight. But for them, that’s no problem. Parton spoke for them both when she said, “We know each other so well. I know every line in Carl’s face, and he knows every hair in my wig!” Ya hear that? Know your partner people, down to every hair.
27. John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Veteran actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston met during a screen test in 1989, while Preston was married to someone else! But Travolta was taken with her right away, and so, he waited. Over 25 years of marriage have spun by since then, but these two know how to keep things interesting.
For Travolta and Preston, a long and happy marriage comes down to one thing, dancing. Preston said, “You’ve got to keep it fun, and that’s what we do,” further explaining, “we dance at home, we go dancing.” And the Saturday Night Fever star agrees, adding, “Everday is date night.”
28. Chevy and Jayni Chase
They say third time’s the charm, right? Well that is certainly the case for Saturday Night Live alumnus Chevy Chase and his third wife Jayni Chase (née Luke), who have been married for 37 years. The couple were blessed with three daughters, Cydney, Caley, and Emily.
Jayni is well-known for her writing, having published her environmental awareness book Blueprint for a Green School, while her and Chevy’s daughter Caley went on to become an actress and producer, best known for her work Eyeteeth, as well as Hotel Hell Vacation, which she worked on with her father. Emily and Cydney have kept themselves under the radar.
29. Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack
The military veteran Hollywood veteran Tom Selleck has also scored the title of veteran husband because of his long-lasting marriage to actress, Jillie Mack. The pair tied the knot in 1987, and for just over three decades have built a life together on their avocado ranch in Hidden Valley, California with their daughter Hannah, 31.
The pair’s romance started off in a whirlwind when Selleck was hypnotized by Mack’s high energy dancing abilities in the musical Cats. A dinner date quickly evolved into a full-blown romance when she moved to Hawaii while Selleck was filming Magnum, P.I. They married secretly in 1987, and the rest is history.
30. Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber
People labeled him the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1986, but Mark Harmon only had eyes for Pamela Dawber, or should we say Mindy! The couple were both 35 when they married in a private ceremony on March 21, 1987, and 32 years later, Harmon is saying the age they got married is part of the success of the longevity of their marriage.
“We were both in our thirties when we got married, so hopefully the stupid stuff we did earlier,” he told People. Harmon and Dawber met through a mutual friend and went on to have two sons, whom they kept out of the public eye. The family rarely appear together in public and don’t refer to one another in interviews very often.
31. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
She’s the most iconic actress of the last four decades, but her marriage to Don Gummer is also one for the annals of successful marriages, as the pair have been together for 41 years, and are going strong. After Streep’s boyfriend, actor John Cazale, passed away from lung cancer in 1978, Gummer, then her brother’s good friend, was a great source of comfort to her.
Six months later the couple got married in the garden of her parents’ home, and Gummer has remained a strong pillar of comfort and support to Streep for the last four decades. They support each other in their careers and share four children, musician Henry Wolfe, 36, actresses Mamie, 32, and Grace, 29, and model Louisa, 24.
32. Bono and Ali Hewson
The 37-year-old love story of U2 front man and activist Bono, Paul Hewson, and his wife Ali Hewson (née Stewart) started out when they were just a couple of students. It was 1973, and Bono was only 13 and Ali a year below him, but within days of meeting him, she knew he was the one.
They couple waited until they were 15 before they actually started dating, but they broke up six weeks later. However, as fate would have it, they got back together, and less than a decade after meeting, the pair tied the knot on August 21, 1982, aged 22 and 21. The high school sweethearts have been together ever since and have three children together. Now, that’s what you call true love.
33. Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
One of Hollywood’s most private couples, Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder have been together for 17 years. They rarely ever photograph together and don’t publicize much about their three children, but the couple sure have a sweet love story and the recipe for a successful marriage.
They met on the set of Roberts’s film The Mexican on 2001, and married in a surprise ceremony on July 4, 2002 at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico. To showcase their love for one another, the couple got tattoos of each other’s initials three months before their wedding. An even cuter fact is Roberts is planning on giving all her love letters from Moder to their daughter Hazel one day.
34. Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld (née Sklar) make one great team, and they have revealed the secret to a successful marriage. They seem to know a thing or two as they have been together for the last 20 years. According to Jerry, timing is everything. “It’s ten years of training and then you start to understand what you’re doing,” he told People.
Two decades and three kids later, the legendary comedian Jerry and his author wife Jessica have a lot to share about how to keep a marriage working. Their core beliefs are that it doesn’t matter if anyone is right, communication is key, codependence is a recipe for disaster, and every night is date night. Jessica even admitted to People that Jerry is better at the relationship than she is.
35. Elton John and David Furnish
Rocketman, a.k.a. Elton John and David Furnish have become one of the most iconic faces for same-sex marriage. The English rock legend and filmmaker dazzle the red carpet in style, proudly posing hand in hand, and with their sons, in photos.
John and Furnish were immediately attracted to each other when they met in October, 1993, even though Furnish was 15 years his junior. They fell in love very quickly and became a fixture around the world at events and parties soon after. The couple entered into a civil partnership in from of friends and family in May 2005 during an at-home dinner party, and married when same-sex marriage became legal in Britain in 2014.
36. Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars
The Godfather of Indie Film himself, Robert Redford has made the list for his 10 year marriage to his longtime life partner, German painter Sibylle Szaggars. The pair made things official in July, 2009 at the Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Hamburg, Germany.
While Redford and Szaggars have been married for a decade, they’ve been together since the 1990s, when she moved in with the Sundance Film Festival Founder in his home in Sundance, Utah. It’s safe to say that the lovebirds know what it takes to make a relationship and marriage work. In fact, before Redford met Szaggars, he was married to Lola Van Wagenen for 27 years.
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