Celeb Couples Who Have Been Married 15 Years… And Beyond

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith – 21 Years

They have been the subject of many divorce rumors, but the Smith’s have survived 21 years together. “You can’t expect it to be easy, it’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives,” Will said after 20 years of married life. “If there is a secret I would say is that we never went into working in our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.”

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Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan – 30 Years

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan first met when they played love interests, Alex and Ellen, on the NBC sitcom, Family Ties. Pollan told People in 1986, “People got tired of all those glitzy, power-hungry people jumping in the sack. Alex and Ellen have an old-fashioned relationship. It’s unjaded and optimistic with the sweetness of a first love.” While they may have shared their first kiss on-screen, the pair did not become a couple until 1987 when they starred together on the film, Bright Lights, Big City.

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Victoria and David Beckham – 19 Years

Yet another couple to have been sparked by divorce rumors in the media, professional soccer player, David Beckham, and his fashion designer wife, Victoria, lay the rumors to rest when they recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. The couple began their whirlwind romance in 1997, before tying the knot in 1999. Since taking the world media storm with their romance, the former Spice Girl and her sports star husband have also welcomed four children – sons Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and a daughter named Harper.

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Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack – 31 Years

Best known for his portrayal of private investigator Thomas Magnum on the television series Magnum P.I., the sexiest man alive in my book will celebrate 25 years of marriage with his actress wife in August. Selleck spilled the beans to Good Housekeeping about why his marriage is so successful: “Hopefully you marry someone who you not only love, but who you like as well. I just still enjoy my wife’s company enormously. She’s hilariously funny, and we make a point, no matter how busy we are, to stop and spend time together. We make sure we sit down and enjoy a nice long dinner.”

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Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach – 37 Years

He’s a Beatle and she is a former Bond Girl, and it seems to be the perfect match since Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach’s marriage has lasted 37 years. The Beatles drummer met Bach on the set of Caveman in 1980, and they were later involved in a serious car crash but survived. “We decided we wouldn’t spend any time apart,” Starr told People in 1981. “So far the longest break was five days, and that was too long. I want to live every minute with Barbara.”

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Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross  – 33 Years

They began dating in 1978 after starring in The Legacy together and, in 1984, Sam Elliott married Katharine Ross. Speaking of marriage, Elliott explained, “I think you’ve got to work at it [marriage], and I think (it’s) the fact that we’re in love and that we’re both outdoor types and love animals and like growing stuff in the yard. I think we were lucky to find each other. It’s been a good one.” Katharine’s stated, “We have a deal. Unless we’re working together, we don’t work at the same time.”

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Julia Roberts and Danny Moder – 16 Years

Julia Roberts is famous for starring in major box office hits such as Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, and Oceans Eleven. However, while working with some of Hollywood’s leading men, there has been only one man in her life since 2000. Roberts met Danny Moder when he worked as the cameraman on the set of The Mexican. Moder was married at the time, but it seems he couldn’t resist the actress who has been named the world’s most beautiful woman by People a record five times.

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Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy – 17 Years

Model and actress Brooke Shields has been married to Chris Henchy since 2001. While this marriage has seemed to have lasted ever since Brooke was previously married to Andre Agassi, and that relationship provided plenty of gossip during the ’90’s. Fast forward another decade, and Brooke got herself into a new relationship which she has since kept very low-key in comparison to the last. 17 years later and the happy couple is still going strong, having had two children along the way also.

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Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber – 20 Years

Supermodel Cindy Crawford married her club owner husband, Randy Gerber in 1998. Speaking of their relationship, Gerber said, “We started as friends, and we remained friends.” Speaking of his marriage, he explained, “You have to just keep that friendship and fun in the relationship.”

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Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness – 22 Years

After meeting on the set of Australian show, Correlli in 1995, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee got married a year later in 1996. Speaking of the time they met, Jackman explained, “She was the star, and I had this major crush on her.” He admitted, that he “was so embarrassed by that, I didn’t talk to her for about a week.” When his future wife asked what was wrong he told her “I’ve got a crush on you” and she replied, “I got one on you, too.”

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Meryl Streep and Don Gummer – 40 Years

She is known around the world as one of the biggest talents Hollywood has to offer and, while Meryl Streep is considered to be amazing at everything she does, she can also say she’s got the marriage thing down. The Mamma Mia star has been married to her husband Don Gummer for 40 years, and the couple has welcomed four children together. While she may be very private about her personal life, there is no doubt her husband is her number one man.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick – 21 Years

Sarah Jessica Parker was introduced to her actor husband through her brother, and the pair married in 1997. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the Sex and The City star explained, “I’m mad for him totally.” In 2013, she said, “We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson – 30 Years

Tom Hanks was married when he met Rita Wilson on the set of the ’80s show, Bosom Buddies. However, the actor explained that the pair had a major connection and said, “Rita and I just looked at each other and—kaboing—that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn’t be denied.” Tom divorced his wife in 1987 and married Rita one year later in 1988. After 27 years of marriage, Tom said, “I still can’t believe my wife goes out with me.”

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor – 30 Years

Another romance that developed on the set of a TV show was Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor’s. “I proposed to Christine when I was rehearsing Meet the Parents,” Stiller said. “[Our] relationship was a gradual thing that happened over a quick period of time, maybe seven or eight months. We just started hanging out with each other, and it developed into, ‘Wow, this feels great. I really like this person. I think I love this person. I really do—I love this person.’ It hit me out of the blue.”

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Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman – 22 Years

Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman met in 1991 when they were both working in the restaurant industry, and the stylist/designer was 19-years-old. “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),” Berman said. “She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.” Five years after first meeting, the couple got married in 1996 and have since welcomed two children together.

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Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld – 19 Years

Jessica Seinfeld was married to Eric Nederlander in 1998 before divorcing just four months later in October of that year. Around the same time, Jessica started hanging out with Jerry Seinfeld, the iconic comedian, and the pair were engaged in November. “Chicken parmesan. It’s why Jerry wanted to marry me,” Jessica said in 2015. “It remains the glue of our family.” The couple have now been married for nearly two decades, with their 20th anniversary just next year, and have had three kids together.

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Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson – 38 years

Samuel L. Jackson’s films “have grossed more money in box office sales than any other actor in the history of Hollywood,” but Jackson has proven to be just as successful off-screen. The famous actor married actress and sports channel producer, LaTanya Richardson in 1980. The couple has managed to maintain a successful marriage which has lasted 38 years and is sure to keep growing. In 2009, Jackson and Richardson teamed together to start their own charity organization which aims to help support education.

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Denzel and Pauletta Washington – 35 Years

He was given the title of being the best-looking man alive in 1996 according to People, but women hopeful of bagging Denzel Washington for themselves would have been disappointed to hear he was married. In fact, the Academy Award-winning stud met his wife on the set of the television film, Wilma in 1977 and they were married June 25, 1983. They later renewed their vows while in South Africa and having had four children. Denzel’s philosophy is “Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.”

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Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk – 44 Years

Crimes of the Heart actress, Sissy Spacek, married production designer and art director, Jack Fisk, on April 13, 1974. The couple had met a year earlier while filming the movie Badlands and, when one of Fisk’s crew members walked out on the first day of shooting Phantom of the Paradise, Sissy volunteered to be set dresser. Fisk than suggested to Brian De Palma two years later, that Sissy be given the title role of Carrie in Phantom. Fisk played the art-director to Carrie, so the pair worked and lived together!

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Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber – 30 Years

Just a year after People named Mark Harmon as the best looking man alive in 1986, the NCIS star married Mork & Mindy actress, Pam Dawber. It is hard to know the secret behind their successful 30-year marriage since the couple is extremely private about their personal life. However, they have welcomed two sons together and do make several red carpet appearances with one another. Perhaps their secret to a successful Hollywood marriage is not to give too much away.

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David McCallum and Katherine Carpenter – 50 Years

David McCallum starred in the 1960s TV series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E but may be best known for his role of Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard from NCIS since 2003. McCallum suffered heartbreak in 1967 when his wife of ten years, Jill Ireland, left him for actor Charles Bronson after her husband introduced them. All was not lost, however, since McCallum married Katherine Carpenter that same year. This marriage has proven to be far more successful with the couple being together for 50 healthy years.

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Billy and Janice Crystal – 47 Years

He is considered to be one of the funny men in Hollywood, so he must have been keeping his wife laughing for the past 47 years. Speaking of his marriage to Janice, Crystal says, “The reason we are together, is because she puts lead in my shoes and doesn’t let me fly off the earth. And it’s always been that way.” We’re sure there is a lot of laughter in that household, with there being perhaps one too many jokes given during the day.

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Tom and Lois Bergeron – 35 Years

This is perhaps one of the most secretive celebrity marriages since there seem to be no pictures of Tom Bergeron and his wife, Lois on the internet. Although the couple has been together since 1982, the Dancing With the Stars host, whose face is known all over the United States, has chosen to keep his wife under wraps. We can’t blame Tom either knowing the success of the Hollywood curse, but we can’t help think that he has been dancing around this for too long now.

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Steven and Maureen Van Zandt – 36 Years

He is the most famous member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and is known as Silvio Dante from The Sopranos, but Steven Van Zandt has another success to his name – his marriage. Van Zandt married Maureen Santoro in 1983 where Springsteen served as best man and Reverend Richard Penniman presided over the ceremony. Steven and Maureen Van Zandt’s marriage has survived 36 years, and Maureen even played his wife on-screen when she starred as Gabriella Dante in the TV series, The Sopranos.

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Christopher and Georgianne Walken – 49 Years

He started his career during the 1950’s and has been in more than 100 films since, but Christopher Walken has been married nearly 50 years to his wife, Georgianne. While Christopher is the actor in the relationship, Georgianne is a casting director responsible for casting TV shows such as The Sopranos and Entourage. The couple has kept their relationship low-key, so it is hard to know their secret, but they have also not had any kids in their time as a married couple.

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Alan and Arlene Alda – 61 Years

Alan Alda, best known for his portrayal as Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, married his wife Arlene in1957. CNN’s 2005 review of Alda’s book called, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed (And Other Things I’ve Learned), states, “…he writes rapturously of meeting a woman named Arlene. Within a few pages, they’re taking walks in Bronx Park, stealing time from Alda’s military service at Fort Benning, Georgia, and getting married. The book is 224 pages, so you wait for the other shoe to drop: petty arguments, ugly affairs, divorce … Nothing.”

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall – 31 Years

They first met when they were students at Northwestern University, and now Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall can say they have been married for a successful 31 years. Since getting married in 1987, Julia has become a prominent face on the television screen having starred in Seinfeld from 1989-1998. In fact, Julia is one of the most awarded actors in television history, winning more Emmy Awards and more Screen Actors Guild Awards than any other performer. Meanwhile, Hall received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role on Brooklyn Bridge.

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Sting and Trudie Styler – 26 Years

Sting and Trudie Styler met while at the Royal Shakespeare Company; they were a couple since 1982 but waited ten years before becoming husband and wife. During that time, however, they welcomed four children, with only their last son Giacomo Luke being born after they were married. While Trudie has played many major roles while working at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sting is best-known for being a member of the rock band, The Police, and for his own solo singing career.

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Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens – 64 Years

Having been married since 1954, Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens are one of the few Hollywood couples to have had a relationship last so long. At 101-years-old and 99-years-old, are still going strong! Kirk was married previously and welcomed two sons – actor Michael Douglas, and producer, Joel Douglas. Since marrying Anne, the couple welcomed two more sons – Peter, a producer, and Eric, and actor. It seems that the talents run in the family, and hopefully, their sons got their good genes!

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy – 21 Years

While Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy hit it off when they were working with the Atlantic Theater Company and, in 1997, they officially said their “I do’s.” Speaking of his marriage, Macy said, “I don’t look at it as an achievement, I look at it as a lifesaver. I’m the luckiest guy, I won the lottery. I love being married to Felicity. I love being married, I really like it. Although I have screwed it up before. I just got lucky. There’s no secret, I got lucky.”

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