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There is no disputing that Hollywood is a place where relationships and marriages die. There are, however, several exceptions to the norm. We start by looking at some of the celebrity couples that have stood the test of time despite the glamor, glitz, and controversy.
1. Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan - 30 Years
Hollywood may tear people apart, but it can also bring people together, as in the case of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, who met on the set of Family Ties, where they portrayed love interests Allen and Ellen.
They even had some kissing moments for the act, but they didn't immediately fall in love! It wasn't until they co-starred in Bright Lights, Big City in 1987 that they realized they might be the couple they were playing in movies.
2. Dolly Parton & Carl Dean - 52 Years
Carl and Dolly fell in love at first sight. They met when she was 18 and he was 21, on Parton's first day in Nashville, outside a laundry - their love tale sounds like a country song. The pair married two years later.
Parton's mother, the pastor, and his wife were the only guests at the wedding. Although the couple does not have children, they enjoy treating their nieces and Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton's renowned goddaughter.
3. Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne - 37 Years
Parton's mother, the pastor, and his wife were the only guests at the wedding. Although the couple does not have children, they enjoy treating their nieces and Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton's renowned goddaughter.
Sharon took over his management as a solo artist as they began dating. They married in 1982 and have three children: Aimee, Kelly, and Jack.
4. Barbra Streisand & James Brolin - 22 Years
One of Hollywood's most powerful couples is Barbra Streisand and James Brolin. They initially met when they were set up at a party and clicked right away. They started dating in 1996 and married in 1998.
"I met him at a dinner and imagined a bearded mountain-man type, and he had chopped off all his hair and was clean-shaven," Streisand said in an interview.
5. Billy Ray & Tish Cyrus - 26 Years
Billy Ray secretly married Tish Finley in December 1993, against the advice of his record business. Tish was expecting their second child, Braison. Billy Ray adopted two small children Tish had brought into their marriage, Brandi and Trace, and reared them as his own.
The couple filed for divorce for the first time in 2010, alleging irreconcilable differences; the divorce was dropped in 2011. Tish filed for divorce in 2013, but after months of treatment, they withdrew the divorce case once more.
6. Annette Bening & Warren Beatty - 28 Years
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening have been married for what feels like an eternity. When Beatty was looking for a starring actress for the mafia thriller Bugsy in 1990, they met. He fell in love with her on their first date, but the two remained friends until just before the film's completion.
Warren invited Annette to supper, and despite her reservations, she accepted. After 28 years and four children, the power couple is stronger than ever.
7. Ringo Starr & Barbara Bach - 37 Years
Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr have been married for over four decades. Bach is most known for her performance as Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me. Starr was the drummer for The Beatles, the best-selling band in history. The two fell in love on the set of Caveman in 1980 and married a year later.
So, what's the key to their long and happy marriage? Bach said of her spouse in an interview with People, "I adore the man, and that's all." That is unequivocal confirmation that 'love is all you need...'
8. Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber - 30 Years
Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber, one of the 1980s' hottest 'it' couples, have been married for 32 years. While the couple has kept their personal life secret throughout the years, we do know that Harmon is head over heels in love with his wife.
During an interview, he confessed that while he's not filming, he wears a ring because "...I'm proud of who I'm married to. I'm really proud of her." It's evident that their marriage is all about love and respect, which might be the key to their success.
9. Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld - 19 Years
It's unknown if Jessica Seinfeld's association with comedian Jerry contributed to the breakdown of her former marriage with Eric Nederlander. Nonetheless, the two hit it off right away, and the rest is history. Food appears to be what has kept the two together.
"Parmesan chicken. It's the reason Jerry wanted to marry me" She stated. "It is still the glue that holds our family together." After more than two decades, the pair is still going strong. They've even had three children together.
10. Denzel and Pauletta Washington - 35 Years
Many fans hoped to capture Denzel Washington's heart after People magazine named him the best-looking man of 1996.
They would be horrified, however, when they discovered he was already married! The Training Day actor met his wife Pauletta in 1977, and they married six years later. They've had four children since then, and a couple of decades later, they repeated their vows in South Africa, of all places!
11. Julia Roberts & Danny Moder - 16 Years
It's incredible that an actress as popular and sought-after as Julia Roberts has managed to maintain a steady marriage for so long! Even after performances in films like Notting Hill and Pretty Woman, Roberts has no intentions to divorce her spouse Danny Moder anytime soon!
Moder, who met her while working as a cameraman on the set of one of her films, was really married at the time. Regardless, she needed to be with him.
12. Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick - 32 Years
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have been married for almost 30 years and are the Hollywood couple we all aspire to be like. When Bacon was 29, and Sedgwick was 22, they met on the set of the television series Lemon Sky and married in 1988.
They enjoy a great life together, both have excellent occupations, and they have two children. The pair succeeds in overcoming their difficulties by not just loving but also liking one other.
13. Tom Selleck & Jillie Mack - 31 Years
He is frequently recognized as one of television's most sought guys. Men aspired to be him, and women aspired to be with him! But there is only one lady who can win Tom Selleck's heart: Jillie Mack. The Magnum P.I. star began by explaining why his marriage has been so successful.
"Hopefully you marry someone you not only love but also like," he remarked. "I really like my wife's company tremendously."
14. Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi - 14 Years
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi are unquestionably couple goals. They've been together for 15 years and have known one other for over 20 years. The couple met at a social event in 2000 when same-sex relationships were still considered taboo.
They began dating in 2004 but did not publicly announce their relationship until 2005. After the prohibition on same-sex marriage was removed in 2008, the couple married. While divorce rumors may arise from time to time, Degeneres has stated that "there is not one ounce of truth to any of it."
15. Alan & Arlene Alda - 61 Years
Alda, who played Hawkeye Pierce on the hit TV show M*A*S*H, has been married to his wife Arlene since 1957. According to a CNN review, his book Never Have Your Dog Stuffed (And Other Things I've Learned) is a testimonial to their affection. "...he talks delightedly of meeting a woman named Arlene," one critic remarked.
"They're having walks in Bronx Park, sneaking time from Alda's military service...and getting married within a few chapters. The novel is 224 pages long, so you're waiting for the other shoe to drop: petty squabbles, nasty affairs, divorce... nothing."
16. John Travolta & Kelly Preston - 29 Years
Kelly Preston and John Travolta met at a screen test for their 1989 film The Experts. Preston was still married to actor Kevin Gage at the time, but it was love at first sight for Travolta.
Kelly went on to George Clooney after her divorce from Kevin, and it wasn't until 1990 that Travolta proceeded to sweep her off her feet. Kelly accepted his proposal on New Year's Eve 1991, and she hasn't looked back since.
17. Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman - 22 Years
Rachel Zoe met the love of her life, Rodger Berman, when she was 19 years old. When the future couple met, they were both working at restaurants.
"I distinctly recall the first time I saw her, dressed in a tight black little dress, high-heeled shoes, stick-straight hair, and huge red lips coated with M.A.C. Chili lipstick (her hallmark)," he said. "She was the most stunning woman I had ever seen." They've had two children since then.
18. Jamie Lee Curtis & Christopher Guest - 35 Years
Jamie Lee Curtis is recognized for playing a wide range of characters, from the deeply emotional to the intensely angsty – but one of her many abilities is unquestionably her ability to make an audience laugh. It's no wonder, therefore, that she's married to comedy superstar Christopher Guest.
But, from the day they said "I do" in 1984 until the present, the world has been amazed by their dedication and strength in marriage. "I've always put my family first, and that's just the way it is," Curtis says. They have two children that they adopted together.
19. Dustin Hoffman & Lisa Hoffman - 40 Years
Dustin Hoffman married Lisa in 1980, and the pair has four lovely children. Dustin and Lisa met because Dustin's mother knew Lisa's grandparents. They reconnected as childhood pals when she was 22 and Dustin was 38.
Lisa admits to being estranged from Hollywood, claiming that she "just happens to be married to an actress." She had a law degree and, while she knew she wouldn't practice, she wanted to do something for herself.
20. Michelle Pfeiffer & David E. Kelley - 26 Years
Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelly first met on a blind date in 1993, when they went bowling. They married 10 months after they started dating, therefore their story is typical of a whirlwind relationship.
With so many Hollywood romances that appear to start and finish in the blink of an eye, it's surprising that this love tale has lasted more than 25 years. Kelly's encouragement, according to reports, made an effect on Michelle.
21. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - 22 Years
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill originally met in 1994 at the New Faces Show in Nashville, Tennessee, while they were both attempting to make it in the music industry. Hill was just off the heels of a divorce, while McGraw was connected with someone else.
But, as luck would have it, McGraw and Hill would eventually meet again two years later, when they both headlined a combined tour in 1996. It wasn't long before McGraw proposed and Hill accepted. The two lovebirds couldn't be happier after 23 years and three children.
22. Victoria & David Beckham - 19 Years
Despite their celebrity, they are always the target of disturbing rumors and divorce speculation. The pop singer/fashion designer and professional footballer married in 1999, barely two years after they started dating.
But after four beautiful children and over twenty years of anniversaries with never-ending protestations of love for each other, it's clear that those rumors were nothing more than the wishful thinking of others who wanted the two hot young stars for themselves.
23. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell - 37 Years
So, while Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell aren't married, they certainly know a thing or two about love. After all, they're one of Hollywood's most renowned couples, illustrating that just because you appreciate something doesn't mean you have to put a ring on it.
Despite meeting in 1966, when Hawn was 21 and Russell was 16, the couple didn't embark on their first date until 1983. The two feel that the key to a successful "Marriage is not necessary for a long-term relationship. It all comes down to compatibility and communication. And you must both want it to work."
24. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. - 20 Years
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. met on the set of the adolescent horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997, but they didn't start dating until 2000. They were engaged by April of 2001, but they didn't marry until a year later in Mexico when they were both in their mid-twenties.
They have two children: a daughter (born in 2009) and a son (born in 2012). In an interview with Us Magazine, Gellar said that marriage is hard work. "It's just like every other connection in your life. You must nourish it and devote attention to it."
25. Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy - 23 Years
Although they parted up for a few years in the 1990s, they reconciled, and when William proposed, Felicity said yes. The couple married in 1997, and William describes Felicity as his "dream girl." Sophia and Georgia were the couple's two kids.
Felicity got herself into legal difficulty in recent years when she was accused with a college admissions scam, and William was there to support her.
26. Judd Apatow & Leslie Mann - 23 Years
One of the industry's funniest couples exemplifies how serious comedians take love. Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann met on the shooting of The Cable Guy in 1996. A year later, they married, and they had two daughters, Maude and Iris.
Mann has appeared in many of Apatow's films, including Knocked Up and This Is 40, and the pair frequently collaborates. Both of their children played the daughters of Leslie Mann's character in both films.
27. Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance - 13 Years
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance have been one of Hollywood's most stunning couples for many years, and they appear to be maturing like fine wine, both together and apart. The pair met at the Yale School of Drama, and despite their blooming romance being one of Hollywood's greatest, it wasn't love at first sight.
For years, the two remained acquaintances, but it didn't become romantic for nearly a decade. They started dating in 1994 and made their relationship official when they married in 2007.
28. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas - 20 Years
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas met in 1998 at the Deauville Film Festival, after being introduced by Danny DeVito. The pair proposed in 1999 and married in 2000. The BBC called their wedding the "wedding of the year."
Douglas was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2010, and Zeta-Jones went through a difficult emotional period. The pair separated in 2013, but reconnected in 2014 and have been stronger than ever since.
29. Brooke Shields & Chris Henchy - 17 Years
Chris Henchy is a screenwriter and producer who married Brooke Shields, a model-actress, in 2001. In 1999, they met on the Warner Bros. property through a mutual acquaintance. It wasn't long before the couple was engaged. In actuality, Henchy proposed to Shields when they were on vacation in Mexico in July 2000.
They married in April of 2001, less than a year later. Communication, as well as some space, are important components of their marriage, according to the actress. She stated in an interview that "a little distance is nice."
30. David McCallum & Katherine Carpenter - 50 Years
David McCallum is an actor best known for his role in the 1960s television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. You might recognize him as Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard from NCIS. McCallum and Katherine Carpenter, a former model, have been married for 52 years.
McCallum may have experienced early heartache when his first wife left him for actor co-star Charles Bronson in 1967. During the same year, McCallum met Carpenter, who was 21 at the time. They fell in love, married, and had two lovely children together. Things have a way of figuring themselves out...
31. Billy & Janice Crystal - 47 Years
Billy Crystal and his wife, who starred in When Harry Met Sally, have been married for 49 years! This is nearly unheard of given that most Hollywood romances end in divorce within a few years...if the pair is lucky.
So, what precisely is the secret? Crystal claimed in an interview with Us that he and Janice had "a lot of laughter We've grown up together, parented together, and even grandparented together. I consider myself fortunate to have met the individual when I was 18 years old." Crystal also added that he and his wife "simply keep listening to each other."
32. Viola Davis & Julius Tennon - 17 Years
Viola Davis had almost given up on love until she met Julius Tennon, the love of her life. Davis genuinely prayed for Tennon, and the pair met less than a month later. He was just what she was looking for: an actor and former football player who overheard Davis moaning about how few people she knew in Los Angeles, so he introduced himself.
They married in 2003 and adopted their daughter, Genesis, in 2011. They concentrate on excellent parenting and putting their marriage first.
33. Tom & Lois Bergeron - 37 Years
Tom Bergeron is a well-known television personality who has hosted America's Funniest Home Videos and Dancing With the Stars. He and his wife first met in the 1980s. Despite the fact that they just married in 1982, Lois had a significant impact on Tom's meditative development and anger control from the start.
They have been married for 37 years and have two lovely kids. Given that we only see a few images of the pair, it's evident that they choose to keep their personal life private, which might be a key to their good relationship.
34. Steven & Maureen Van Zandt - 36 Years
There is no disputing that Steven Van Zandt is a multi-talented star! Van Sandt, who has played in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has also appeared in programs such as The Sopranos!
With so many strings to his bow, it's no surprise that the actor/musician has been able to maintain a steady relationship throughout the years. Since 1983, he has been married to Maureen Santoro. Santoro, by the way, also played Van Zandt's on-screen wife in The Sopranos!
35. Christopher & Georgianne Walken - 49 Years
Marriage and filmmaking do not mix well, which is why movie stars frequently struggle to balance their job and personal life. But Christopher Walken, who is known for his versatility, is come to disprove that preconception.
He's been in over 100 films since beginning his career in the 1950s, but he's spent over 50 years of that time happily married to his wife, Georgianne. Her time is also spent in Hollywood, where she works as a casting director.
36. Ron & Cheryl Howard - 43 Years
Ron Howard has been married to writer Cheryl Alley since 1975, and they appear to be as happy as ever. Two of their four lovely children have even followed acting professions like their father – though he has now switched to directing.
"I felt really fortunate when we met," he remarked of his wife. "It's insane; we were teens; it shouldn't have worked. We married while we were young, which should not have worked, but it has," He stated.
37. Steve Carell & Nancy Carell - 24 Years
While he was a late bloomer in the world of comedy, Steve Carell has been able to maintain a steady marriage for a long period. He met his wife, Nancy Walls, at a drama class and had no idea how to approach her.
Nancy allegedly told Steve the following: "If someone like you asked me out, I would undoubtedly accept. If only there was someone like you."
38. Jeff & Susan Bridges - 42 Years
Jeff Bridges found himself starring in another great, romantic drama: his personal relationship with the woman who would one day become his wife, just as he was starting to gain notice and staring at a potentially huge career. He fell in love with a waitress called Susan while working on the set of the 1975 country film Rancho Deluxe.
The film ended after only a summer together, and the two had to make a significant decision. Jeff wasn't ready to marry, but he also didn't want to lose the girl, so they married in 1977 and lived happily ever after with their three children.
39. Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall - 31 Years
Young love is typically viewed skeptically, and rightly so – but Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall pulled it off with flying colors. They met as college students at the prestigious Northwestern University, and they still love each other as if it were yesterday, 31 years later.
Julia's success on the long-running program Seinfeld surpassed Brad's, as well as many others — she has won more Emmy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards than any other performer. But it's apparent that it didn't affect their love!
40. Sting & Trudie Styler - 26 Years
Nothing is more romantic than Shakespeare. Shakespeare brought Sting and Trudie Styler together for the rest of their lives. They were neighbors at the time, and Sting was married. They started dating in 1982, but they didn't get married for another ten years.
They waited for marriage but did not wait for children. Only one of their several offspring was born after they married. Although Trudie continued to play for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sting went on to become the leader of the iconic rock band The Police.
41. Kirk Douglas & Anne Buydens - 64 Years
Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens steal the show in this one. Few other couples in Hollywood have been married for as long, having been married since 1954. And now that they are both over 100 years old, it appears that they will love each other till death do them part.
Kirk's two further boys with Anne, as well as his two other sons from a previous marriage, appear to have gotten the bug from their father: Michael Douglas is a prominent actor in his own right, with Eric also performing and Joel and Peter producing.
42. Vincent & Linda McMahon - 53 Years
When discussing the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), it's hard not to include Vince McMahon. Despite being at the heart of much of the show's turmoil, the CEO has remained married throughout.
There's no doubting Vince and Linda have gone through a lot in the previous 30 years. They are now in control of a multi-million dollar corporation, and their children Shane and Stephanie have important roles in it.
43. Meryl Streep & Don Gummer - 40 Years
It's difficult to say which has endured longer, Meryl Streep's status as one of the world's best performers, or her marriage to Don Gummer. The Mamma Mia actress has been married to hubby Gummer for more than 40 years.
Streep has opted to keep her long-term marriage private. What we do know is that the couple had four children together, which has to imply something.
44. Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller - 16 Years
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller spent their first date eating grilled cheese sandwiches and playing Scrabble until the sun came up. Their first date following that initial encounter was undoubtedly exhilarating, but a little unfortunate due to an accident on their way back from mini-golfing.
This pair may have had some ups and downs, as many couples do, but we believe it's safe to say that it was love at first sight. Rogen proposed in 2010, barely six years after they first met and began dating.
45. Lisa Kudrow and Michel Stern - 25 Years
It wasn't just Phoebe and Mike who found love. In reality, Lisa Kudrow met her match in Michel Stern, a French advertising executive. When they met in the late 1980s, it was love at first sight, according to Kudrow, despite the fact that Stern was already in a relationship.
Stern had to wait a little longer under such conditions before making a move. The pair married in 1995, only one year after Friends aired on NBC. So, what's the key to their twenty-plus years of marriage? Kudrow claimed in an interview with Glamour that they "support each other's freedom..."
46. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman - 27 Years
In the early 1990s, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman met on the first day of college at the University of Pennsylvania. They were college sweethearts before getting married in 2003. The couple has been together for twenty-seven years, something Banks is "particularly pleased of."
While they've had challenges like any other couple, Banks feels that being "a little conventional when it comes to marriage" is beneficial. They currently co-own Brownstone Productions, which produced all three Pitch Perfect films as well as the Charlie's Angels revival.
47. Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond - 26 Years
Tina Fey started dating Jeff Richmond in 1994, barely two years after joining Chicago's Second City improv theatrical troupe. On June 3rd, 2001, the couple married in a Greek Orthodox wedding seven years later.
Richmond is a composer and soundtrack consultant for series like 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so the two collaborate frequently. They reside in a multi-million dollar condo on New York City's Upper West Side with their two kids, Alice and Penelope Athena.
48. Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness - 22 Years
In terms of celebrity, this connection may be a tad one-sided. Hugh Jackman's marriage to Deborra-Lee Furness, on the other hand, is one for the ages. They met on the set of the Australian sitcom Correlli in 1995 and married a year later.
"She was the star, and I developed a huge crush on her," he explained. However, Furness returned their sentiments, and they have been together ever since.
49. Keith Richards & Patti Hansen - 37 Years
Keith Richards met his wife, model Patti Hansen, in 1979, and according to legend, Hansen had no idea who Richards was at the time. Four years later, on Richards' 40th birthday, December 18th, 1983, the pair married.
Looking at images of the couple, their differences are almost as obvious as their love for one another. Theodora Dupree and Alexandra Nicole are the couple's two kids. Both girls have followed in their mother's footsteps and are now working in the high-fashion industry.
50. Joel McHale & Sarah Williams - 24 Years
It's difficult to be a star and live your life away from the spotlight, but Joel McHale and his wife, Sarah Williams, have done it for more than 20 years. The pair married in 1996 after meeting right out of college.
The pair has avoided the headlines by attending red carpets together and posting beautiful images of each other on social media. The couple has two boys together, and we think they create the ideal family.