10 Of The Longest Marriages In Hollywood & How They Make It Work

10 Of The Longest Marriages In Hollywood & How They Make It Work

In honor of National Marriage Week, we're profiling the long-lasting unions in Celebland!

5. Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates: married in 1989, 22 years
Cates is 15 years younger than Kline, so everyone probably assumed these two were doomed from the start. Boy, were they wrong! Their secret? Sticking close. Kline told Entertainment Weekly in 2002: ''We're both sensible, and we don't separate for long periods of time. We take care of the marriage.''

6. Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon: married in 1988, 23 years 
Perhaps all it takes to make a happy union is two partners who are equally matched in acting talent. These two are some of the best actors with consistently successful careers. Kyra told Redbook that part of making their marriage last has been accepting a little co-dependency: "I think the trust gets deeper and the dependency gets deeper, which is scary. I think, because my father and mother split up when I was very young, there was a part of me at the beginning of our marriage that thought, I'm cool alone. I love him, but I'm strong enough to handle life without him. But now he is the person I count on to live and walk through life with. It's a dependency that is there and large and real and profound." (Fun fact: Kyra also recently got a tattoo that contains all her families initials.) Kyra Sedgwick On Life As A Working Mom

7. Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks: married in 1988, 23 years 
These two are one of Hollywood's staple couples. We feel like if anyone else on the list (apart from Iman and Bowie) fell apart tomorrow, everyone would be like, "Eh, well that's Hollywood for you." Rita and Tom always seemed to defy that sentiment—they seem more down to earth and incapable of existing without the other. They make it work because they're soulmates (we don't necessarily believe in soulmates, generally speaking, but these two certainly seem to be!) Tom has said about Rita: "The woman I share my life with has taught me and demonstrates to me every day just what love is." And Rita has said about Tom: "My husand and I would marry each other knowing what we know now."

8. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan: married in 1988, 23 years
These two met in 1985 as costars on the set of Family Ties. They were married only two years before Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's (when he was merely 30!), so this couple has had more than their fair share of hardship. Nevertheless, they stuck by each other. Tracy told O, The Oprah Magazine in 2002 that one of the reasons their marriage works so well is because "Michael and I had great role models. Though his father has passed away, his parents had an amazingly strong marriage, as do mine. Both weathered really tough times. For us it has been normal to stay together through difficulties. We grew up witnessing that firsthand." 

9. Denzel and Pauletta Washington: married in 1983, 28 years
So far, the only couple on our list that shares a last name! We don't know much about this couple, but their 28 years of marriage speaks pretty loudly. Oprah once asked Pauletta if she ever feels jealous of her husband's devoted female fans. She replied, "No, because, you know why? He's coming home." 

10. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn: romantically involved since 1983, 28 years:
OK, so we know that technically these two are not married, but we think that's even more reason to celebrate this couple! What is marriage but devotion and love for one another? These two certainly embody that, and they don't have the pain of all that messy divorce stuff threatening them if they ever decide to split. But, as easy as it would be to walk away at any time in the last 28 years, these two have stayed together, which we think is amazing.

Last year on The View, Goldie said: "We're not gonna get married. I mean, we're happy. I still like the idea that I'm his girlfriend... I was married twice. I think that there's a sense of idealism really about wanting to be married and have a family… My feeling is our journey is our journey, and there isn't any way we're gonna put a stop or should (put a stop to it) because it's all a learning process." Amen! Kurt Russell Loves All Kate Hudson's Exes

Surely, we left some other great Hollywood couples out – who would you have added to the list? Do you think all these couples will still be together next year?

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