9 Famous Couples Who Taught Us About Making Marriage Work

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Marriage is TOUGH, but it's a journey you're on TOGETHER.

The famous couples on this list are here because, in one way or another, they've left a lasting mark in the world. Whether we like to admit it or not, they have impacted history and therefore, have impacted our own lives — certainly the way we view relationships and our own marriages.

They are trailblazers in their own right and have shaped our ideologies about love, as well as our philosophies about life and what making a marriage work REALLY means.


Even though we don't know them personally, based on how much we have read about and watched these people, it's safe to say we definitely feel like we do.

Every chapter of their personal lives have been out there for the world to see. It feels like we have been on the relationship roller coaster right along with them (you know, for the most part). 


Our society wouldn't be the same without them. That being said, take a look at how these 9 famous couples have set the example for our own relationship and marriage goals.

1. Barack and Michelle Obama

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Being elected the first African-American President of the United States of America was a huge deal in and of itself. However, being best friends with your wife and genuinely loving each other while dealing with all of the responsibilities you have as the President is another completely separate accomplishment.

It's rare that celebrities of any kind have a long-lasting LOVING marriage (especially in politics). We are kind of used to seeing couples just stand by each other's side and pretend to be proud (at least that's what it looks like from afar). We call this, literally, a "political marriage." 

However, when I see Barack and Michelle Obama, they are genuinely still the happiest couple around and have set a new trend: It's COOL to be in the marriage you want to be in, and it is still possible to be just as in love (even if you are in politics).

2. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

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It's been 20 years since Faith Hill and Tim McGraw tied the knot. The beloved couple has definitely taught us a thing or two about what it means to maintain love in a chaotic environment. They are both powerful in their own right in the country music industry, but as a couple they're UNSTOPPABLE.

They have three beautiful daughters together, so, it's no surprise that McGraw learned a thing or two about how to make women happy. More importantly, the two fo them — together —  learned what it takes to make a marriage work — and a strong marriage, at that.

3. Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt 


Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were a refined pair — a pair that had a marriage that MOST people consider to have been way ahead of its time. Although both kept some (maybe more than some) secrets from each other, they still maintained a good partnership and friendship — and these days, that's a hard thing to come by.

Although their relationship may not have been as traditional as many would have liked to have seen, it's admirable.

5. Beyonce and Jay Z  


I mean, who doesn't know these two? Queen Bey, who recently released her mega-hit visual music album, Lemonade, suggested that the pair went through a major rough patch. However, they are STILL married, STILL smiling and going on dates, STILL co-parenting like a boss and STILL dominating music charts. Oh and now they are expecting twins.

There's absolutely nothing these two can't do and together, they are constantly setting a new all-time highs. The more they raise the bar, the more infatuated we become (just admit it!) Similar to Faith Hill and her hubby, these two are equally talented. 

They always leave us wanting more and I don't think we'll EVER be able to get enough. They have us totally "crazy in love." (See what I did there?)

6. Archie and Edith Bunker 


"Thooooose were the days...." Ah, yes they were. The days of All in the Family, that is. This 1970s fictional couple played by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton stole our hearts the first time he called Edith a "dingbat."

This show was the first depiction of a not-so-ideal couple on the surface, as Edith was so sweet and innocent while Archie was a bitter, narrow-minded white man. Despite his bigotry, we had to go beneath the surface in order to see just how loving and decent Archie actually was.

The duo was completely opposite in their approach to the changing world, yet they always found that at the end of the day, they appreciated one another and wouldn't want to go on the journey with anyone else.

7. Bill and Hillary Clinton 


Although Bill's infamous words of him "not" having "sexual relations with that woman" resonate with us every time we hear him speak, we still have to give SOME credit to the political power duo that makes Hillary and Bill who they are.

Although a part of us still twitches in awkwardness to know that Hilary didn't outwardly blink an eye at her husband's infidelity, it is quite obvious that they still support one another. Although things got a little rough still have a certain amount of respect for one another's political careers and the kind of impact they undoubtedly made on history.

Not all marriages can stay perfect forever, so we still wish them the very best in their personal, professional and romantic journeys.

8. John Lennon and Yoko Ono 

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These two will always be a hot topic as their love was strong enough to change both the music industry and the political game.

Both artists stood up against the Vietnam war in two very different forms of expression. Lennon, who was a part of The Beatles and Ono who was a multimedia artist and peace activist, met during a preview of Ono's art exhibition in a London gallery. They immediately began an affair, and Lennon found himself in a divorce and brand new marriage all at once.

These two just go to show you that language is universal and it is simply a matter of speaking from the same soul, and not just the same dialect that will bring you and your true soulmate together. Their meeting was none other than fate. 

9. Romeo and Juliet 


Romeo and Juliet were one of the various couples created by the man, the myth and the legend himself: William Shakespeare. If you don't know their love story, I highly suggest you watch the Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes version because well, let's face it, it's easier to fall in love with the story while looking at Leo's handsome face, am I right?

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Romeo and Juliet literally KILLED themselves to be with each other, and even though that was, well, a bit extreme (to say the least), it just goes to show you that the feeling of love really IS that powerful. They were just kids, but in their minds, they knew if they couldn't be together in the physical world, so it was worth a shot somewhere else. *TEAR*