Longest Standing Celebrity Marriages

With an almost 50 percent chance that a marriage will end in divorce, it’s quite a wonderful surprise to hear about couples sticking together year after year. In sickness and health, in good times and bad, the following couples are not only defying the high divorce odds in America, but they are doing it with the whole world watching.

Anne Buydens and Kirk Douglas

For 62 years, Anne and Kirk Douglas have supported and loved each other as husband and wife. The couple was wed in Las Vegas in May 1954.

Meryl Streep and Don Gummer

Meryl Streep is a highly-acclaimed actress whose marriage to Don Gummer, a sculptor, began in 1978. Meryl and Don are parents to four children.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Tom Hanks, an award-winning actor, and his wife Rita Wilson, also an accomplished actress, met on the job. While working together on their second collaboration, the movie “Volunteers,” the couple found love and three years later, in 1988, walked down the aisle.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Although Jada Pinkett Smith didn’t land the part on the sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, she did win the heart of the star, Will Smith. The couple has been happily hitched for 20 years.

Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon

Seven years may separate Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon in age, but it seems after 28 years of marriage, there’s no separating these two. Both actors, Sedgwick and Bacon starting dating while working on the movie “Lemon Sky.”

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Together for 45 years, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner officially tied the knot in 2013. Wagner is a director, writer and producer who often collaborates with Tomlin, who is known for her amazing comedic skills, as well as her singing, writing, producing and acting talents.

Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley

High school sweethearts rock star Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley declared their commitment to each other in April 1989 at a Las Vegas chapel officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

The “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” actor and “Sex in the City” star married in 1997, after being introduced to each other by Parker’s brother. The New York residents and successful actors are parents to three children.

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson

Although they attended different schools, college sweethearts Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson tied the knot in 1980. Jackson has had notable performances in approximately 100 films including Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Christopher Guest and Jamie Lee Curtis

Hollywood veterans Christopher Guest, director, and Jamie Lee Curtis, actress, have been married since 1984.

Ali Hewson and Bono

The love between Ali Hewson and Bono, lead singer of the band U2, blossomed in high school in Dublin; they wed in August 1982.

Sustaining a marriage requires love, work and a serious commitment to supporting each other every day. In spite of the challenges living in the public eye can bring, these celebrity couples are proving that love and marriage can last.


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