17 Marriage Secrets From Longtime Celebrity Couples

1. Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, 32 Years – Marry The Right Person

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson make one of the most powerful couples in Hollywood. They first met in 1981 on the set of Bosom Buddies and tied the knot in 1988. “My secret to a happy marriage is just being married to the right woman. I got lucky with the wonderful Rita Wilson. I’m the luckiest man alive,” Tom added. “The only thing we have ever argued about is who loves each other more…”

2. Julia Roberts & Danny Moder, 18 Years – Show Each Other With Endless Love

This pretty woman met the love of her life while filming The Mexican in 2000. The couple got married two years later and now have three kids. In an interview with Extra, Roberts shared the secret to their long-lasting marriage, “We showed each other with endless affection.” She also mentioned that he was her ‘safe place.’

3. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, 26 Years – Become A Better You

The two have been dating since 1994 after meeting on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. “If there is a secret, I would say it is that we never went into working in our relationship,” Will said. “We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.” Inspirational, right?

4. Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick, 32 Years – Listen To Yourself, Not Others

The two lovebirds have been inseparable for 32 years, but things were totally different at first. Bacon recalled, “I was just immediately in love with her and she was just immediately put off by me.” The actor managed to win her over. Regarding their marriage he does have something to say, “Whatever you do, don’t listen to celebrities on advice on how to stay married. That’s my secret.”

5. Tom Selleck & Jillie Mack, 33 Years – Consult And Respect Each Other

Selleck has been madly in love with Mack since he saw her performing in Cats in the ’80s. The two got hitched in 1987 and now live a quiet life with their daughter Hannah on their avocado ranch in California. “We don’t do anything or make any decisions without consulting each other. And if one of us makes a decision involving Hannah, the other parent completely supports that position,” Selleck told New York Daily News.

6. Sam Elliott & Katharine Ross, 36 Years – Work At Being Together

When they first met, Elliott was just starting out while Ross was already an established actress. But that didn’t stop them falling in love and walking down the aisle. The couple have now been happily married for 36 years. “We have a common sensibility, but we also work at being together. That’s how relationships last,” Elliot revealed their secret to AARP Magazine.

7. Dolly Parton & Carl Dean, 54 Years – Stay Gone

The Queen of Country has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Carl Dean, since 1966! “I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love. I always say, ‘Stay gone!’ and there’s a lot of truth to that. I travel a lot, but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do,” Parton said in an interview.

8. John Travolta & Kelly Preston, 29 Years – Dance 

John Travolta fell in love with Kelly Preston after meeting her at an audition, despite the fact that she was married to someone else at the time. Luckily, after a 2-year wait, they finally married and now 29 years later they are still together. “You’ve got to keep it fun, and that’s what we do,” Preston explained on how they maintain their happy marriage, “We dance at home. We go dancing. Every day is date night.”

9. Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan, 32 Years – Support Each Other Through The Challenges

Fox and Pollan met when she played his love interest on Family Ties in 1985, and they made it official in 1988. The actor has famously suffered from Parkinson’s disease, but through thick and thin, his wife has stood by his side. “It’s hard, but you just have to have the perspective that you’re behind each other’s back,” she said.

10. Alex Trebek & Jean Currivan, 30 Years – Be Each Other’s Anchor

The Jeopardy! host met his future wife at a party back in 1988. They hit it off instantly, despite their 24-year age gap. Fast forward 30 years and they are still together. “He has a great sense of humor. He is intelligent and curious. He takes his job very seriously,” Currivan shared with People magazine. On the other hand, Trebek said Currivan was his anchor during his battle with pancreatic cancer.

11. Pierce Brosnan & Keely Shaye Smith, 26 Years – Have Eyes Only For Each Other

Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith have been together for almost three decades! Since meeting at a party in 1994, the two have had eyes only for each other. “He’s intelligent and captivating. His real beauty emanates from the soul,” Smith told People magazine in 2001. And Brosnan also told the Express that he was just as head-over-heels for her, “I think of her all the time.”

12. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas, 20 Years – Understanding, Listening, And More

Though Douglas is 25 years older than Zeta-Jones, the couple have been going strong over the past 20 years. What makes such a successful marriage? According to Zeta-Jones, “I think understanding, listening, being friends, all helps.” Douglas echoed his wife’s point of view, adding, “I think mutual respect.”

13. Tim Allen & Jane Hajduk, 14 Years – Spend Quality Time With Your Family

After a failed marriage, the Home Improvement star began dating actress Jane Hajduk. They exchanged their vows in 2006 and now have an 11-year old daughter, Elizabeth. “I was gone so much in my first marriage. I love the moments when I engage with my youngest daughter now,” Tim told Parade in 2011, “It’s not my thing to sit on the ground and play tea party, but I’ll do it because it’s a moment that will stick with me forever.”

14. Antonio Brown & Chelsie Kyriss, Many Years – Sticking Around Amid Troubles

Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown and Chelsie Kyriss have been together for many years. Although we can’t find the exact dates, we do know they met through a mutual friend and have three sons together. Over the years, their quarrels and Brown’s personal issues often made headlines. However they are still deeply in love with each other.

15. Kevin Hart & Eniko Parrish, 6 Years – Apologize If You Make A Mistake

After splitting with his first wife, Kevin Hart began dating Eniko Parrish. The couple got engaged in 2014 and were married in 2016. However, in December 2017, Hart publicly admitted being unfaithful while Parrish was pregnant with their first child. “Sending so many apologies to my wife & kids. I gotta do better, and I will,” he wrote on Instagram. He was a lucky man, as Parrish chose to forgive him.

16. Robert Redford & Sibylle Szaggars, 24 Years – Compliment Each Other

Robert Redford and German painter Sibylle Szaggars have been together since 1996. That’s pretty awesome for a Hollywood couple, huh? Redford often talks about his wife during interviews and is never shy to boast about her in public. Maybe that’s why their marriage works.

17. Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard, 13 Years – Be Open About Your Feelings

The Good Place actress married Dax Shepard in 2013 after six years’ dating. While chatting with Men’s Journal, Bell claimed that she was grateful to have a partner who was so direct about his emotions. “He’s very open about what he needs to stay satisfied in our relationship because if one partner isn’t satisfied, you just kiss it goodbye; somebody’s going to stray,” she said.

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