At this year's Golden Globes ceremony, irreverent host Ricky Gervais asked the audience, "What’s with all of the divorces?" He mentioned Arnold and Maria, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Ashton and Demi.
But when you think about it, was this really a stunning observation on Gervais' part? Hollywood celebrities have never been known for their enduring relationships, let alone marriages. Dating back to the heartbreaking divorce of Lucy and Desi, actors have reputations for not being able to remain in a long-term relationship. Think of Elizabeth Taylor's eight marriages to seven men. A Look Back: Elizabeth Taylor's Love Life
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Few Hollywood heavyweights sustain a marriage—even pairs who seem to have a tight bond. The latest couple in the news, Heidi Klum and Seal, shocked everyone when they announced they were ending their seven-year marriage. Weren't they the couple who romantically renewed their vows every anniversary? Did they succumb to the seven-year itch?
There are, however, some present-day exceptions. Take Oscar-winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. Streep has been married to husband Don Gummer for 33 years. She contributes their long-lasting marriage to shared common values, such as family and the importance of work. Jeff Bridges Owes Success To His Wife
Bridges, who grew up in the acting business, had his parents as role models. His father, television and movie star the late Lloyd Brides, and his wife were married for 60 years. Following in his parents' footsteps, Jeff and his wife Susan, married since 1977, are seen today as a romantic and loving couple.
Celebrities are not the only ones plagued by failed marriages. Today, one in two marriages will end in divorce. So, how can any couple, well-known or not, keep their marriage divorce-proof? In honor of the Academy Awards this weekend, here are five tips that have guided my husband and me through the years. Follow them and you're more likely to have a marriage like Oscar darlings Streep and Bridges, instead of one that would easily fall victim to the Best Actress curse. Is There Really A Best Actress Oscar Curse?
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