The Longest Celebrity Relationships
Celebrity relationships are often associated with short timelines—think quick marriages and even quicker break-ups. If you do a little poking around in Hollywood, though, you'll quickly discover that this isn't necessarily the case. In fact, there are a solid number of famous couples that have been together for well over two decades and have spent the majority of that time in the spotlight. Love in the face of notoriety can't always be easy, which ultimately makes the longevity of these stars' love even more impressive.
What's more, there are some A-list duos who make long-term relationships look easy. In honor of these long-lasting unions, we've put together a list of celebrity couples who have been together anywhere from 20 to 40 years. Still don't believe that love really does exist in Hollywood? It's important to note that not all of these twosomes have expressed their commitment to each other in the form of marital vows. Take Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel, for instance. They've spent 35 years by each other's side, raising children and supporting their respective careers without ever making it official in the eyes of the law. Other pairs, like Sir Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, haven't always had the luxury of entering into wedded bliss. The rock-and-roll icon and his producer partner have been together for 25 years but have only been married for three (they had to wait for the legalization of gay marriage to do so).
The point? While the majority of these duos are married, their love supersedes the bounds of traditional matrimony. They're just the real deal. Ready to discover all of the longest-lasting celebrity relationships? Click through to see if your favorite stars are on this list of these in-love duos.
David and Victoria Beckham
The former singer and her soccer champion husband have been a married item for 19 years—but their relationship history puts their time-together-tally closer to 21. The powerhouse couple became an item shortly after they were introduced after a soccer game, in the Manchester United players' lounge (the athlete wasn't playing first string at the time, which meant the singer was the famous one). They married in 1999 at a castle outside of Dublin wearing not one, but two matching outfits (in white and purple).
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman
When these actors first met at New York City's Atlantic Theater Company in the early 1980s, it was love at first sight—at least, it was for Huffman. Marriage, on the other hand, wasn't something she welcomed so readily. Huffman dodged Macy's proposals for 15 years before finally accepting. The actors tied the knot in September 1997 and had their first child, Sophia Grace, three years later. In 2002, their second daughter, Georgia Grace, arrived.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Parker and Broderick may be known for their roles on the big screen, but they met while working on Broadway (the Sex and the City star's brothers, Pippin and Toby, launched the Naked Angels theater company, with which Broderick was involved) in 1991. Their relationship was unexpected—and so was their wedding. Six years after their first encounter, they invited 100 guests to a surprise ceremony at a Lower East Side synagogue (attendees thought they were simply headed to a dinner party!). The actress wore a black Morgane Le Fay dress for the occasion.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
This iconic couple's love story began on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, when Pinkett Smith auditioned for the role of her now-husband's girlfriend. She didn't get the part, but she did get the guy. The couple married in 1997 in a secret ceremony at Baltimore's Cloisters Mansion. Today, they share two children—Jaden and Willow.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Country music's most beloved couple met, fittingly, at a music festival in 1994. Two years later, they went on a joint tour and, though they were both involved with other people, they couldn't deny their chemistry. By the end of 1996, they were married and expecting their first daughter.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
The Wolverine star first crossed paths with his now-wife long before he became a household name—in fact, he found her just as he was finding his acting career, on the set of the Australian TV show, Correlli. She played a lead role in the series, and Jackman was smitten. After feeling too star-struck to speak to her, the actor finally broke the ice at a dinner party with the rest of the show's cast. It's been over two decades since they wed in Melbourne in 1996 and the couple is still going strong.
Steve and Nancy Carell
Crazy Stupid Love star Steve Carell met Nancy Walls during one of his improv classes, which he taught at Second City in Chicago. They were both hesitant at first—neither wanted to cop to their true feelings (they're both shy!). Eventually, their caution gave way to love, which culminated in their union in 1995. A major tenant in their relationship? Comedy—and there's evidence of this. Carell's wife played his onscreen girlfriend, Carol, on his hit show, The Office.
Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley
Don't doubt the power of a blind date—this couple is proof that sometimes (just sometimes!) a mutual friend knows best. Pfeiffer and Kelley, both Hollywood legends (Kelley is famous for his work a writer and producer on award-winning shows), were set up by their pal Kate Guinzburg in January 1993. The relationship was such a success, that the duo was married by the end of the year.
Elton John and David Furnish
While plenty of couples have been married longer than the "Rocket Man" singer and the Canadian filmmaker, these two have been partners since 1993 (that's 25 years together!). The duo met at a dinner party at John's Windsor home, and the attraction was immediate (they had dinner on their own the following evening!). Twelve years after their first encounter, John recreated their meet-cute by proposing at another dinner party in that same Windsor residence. On December 21, 2005, they became one of the first U.K. couples to form a civil partnership. Nine years later (to the date!), the officially tied the knot in December 2014, shortly after the U.K. legalized gay marriage.
Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman
Berman knew Zoe before she became the esteemed stylist she is today. They first crossed paths at the restaurant where they worked in college (Zoe was 19 and a hostess, and Berman was 22 and a waiter). Seven years later, they were exchanging vows at the altar—the designer wore a custom Isaac Mizrahi wedding dress on her big day.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
The Grease actor met his wife at a screen test on the set of the 1989 comedy The Experts. The only problem? Preston was married at the time. After the actress' relationship status changed, the now-iconic couple started dating, which eventually led to their marriage in 1991 at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris.
Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden
For these two actors, their on-set meet-cute wasn't exactly cute—Cranston played his future wife's captor on the CBS series Airwolf in 1986, which involved mock-holding her at gunpoint. Out of character, the two spent plenty of time harmlessly flirting (both were involved with other people at the time). It wasn't until a year later that they reconnected—this time, unencumbered. After Cranston proposed in the bathtub (yep!), the couple tied the knot in 1989.
Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
Jon Bon Jovi married his high school sweetheart (their first interaction took place after he tried to cheat off her exam!) at the peak of his band's success. Their impromptu Las Vegas wedding came as a shock to just about everyone, from the singer's fans to the couple's families. At the time of their union, they didn't even have rings!
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Sedgwick first met Bacon when she was 12—she ran into him at a diner, where she complimented him on one of his early play performances (he was 19 at the time). When the actress, all grown up, entered Bacon's celebrity sphere—they worked together on the 1988 TV movie, Lemon Sky—she wasn't as interested. It took some time for Bacon to win her over, but three decades of marriage and two children later, it's safe to say that his initial attempts were successful.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
This power couple's relationship emerged out of complicated circumstances. When they first met on the set of their joint film Volunteers, Hanks was married to his college sweetheart, Samantha Lewes, and was already the father of two children. Their chemistry, though, was the real deal. The actors tied the knot in April 1988 and have been inseparable ever since (that's three whole decades!). To celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, they threw a star-studded celebration, which was allegedly attended by Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
Many assume that Louis-Dreyfus met Hall on the set of a 1982 SNL skit, but their first official encounter dates back to their college days. Both the Veep actress and the writer-producer studied at Northwestern University, where Louis-Dreyfus auditioned for Hall's college play. They later married in June 1987 and went on to raise two sons, Henry and Charlie.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Since playing love interests in the 1984 war drama Swing Shift, Hawn and Russell have been in a committed relationship for over three decades (they never married!). The couple share one son, Wyatt. Hawn's children, actress Kate Hudson and actor Oliver Hudson, typically refer to Russell as their father.
Denzel and Pauletta Washington
The award-winning actor had to propose to his now-wife three times before she finally agreed to marry him, and their wedding took place in June 1983. After welcoming four children, John David, Katia, Olivia, and Malcom, the couple renewed their vows in 1995 with a ceremony in South Africa.
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson
LaTanya Richardson, an actress and producer in her own right, met actor Samuel L. Jackson when she was a student at Atlanta's Spelman College (Jackson was studying at the all-male Morehouse College at the time). The duo tied the knot in 1980 and share one daughter, Zoe.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Meryl Streep wins most things (21 Academy Award nominations prove that!), so it should come as no surprise that she's also currently in one of the longest celebrity relationships to date. Following the March 1978 death of her serious boyfriend, John Cazale, she turned to her brother's friend, sculptor Don Gummer, for comfort. Streep stayed in Gummer's apartment during the filming of Kramer vs. Kramer (it would later become the first film to win her an Oscar) and proximity led to romance. Six months later, in September 1978, they were married in her parents' garden. Over their four decades of marriages, the couple has raised their children—musician Henry Wolfe, actresses Mamie and Grace, and model Louisa.