What is the secret to a long-lasting relationship? Some of your favorite celebrities actually know! Because they’ve been with their significant others for quite a long time.
From Dolly Parton and her husband Carl Dean, to Denzel and Pauletta Washington, to Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, these iconic celebrity couples’ relationships have stood the test of time, lasting decades in many cases — total #relationshipgoals to say the least!
Keep scrolling to find out about some of these beautiful love stories, and just how long these relationships have lasted.
1. Dolly Parton and Carl Dean
Dolly Parton met Carl Dean in 1964. They got married two years later and have been together for 56 years now. Dolly claims being complete opposites helps keep their relationship fun and surprising.
2. Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson
Attending different universities didn’t keep these two from being together! These college sweethearts met in 1970 and got married in 1980. The committed couple have been together for 51 years!
3. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
These ladies reportedly met in 1972. After 42 years together, they married in 2014. Despite only being married for almost seven years now, the couple have been together for 49!
4. Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston Bridges
In 1975, Jeff Bridges laid eyes on the love of his life while on the set of Rancho Deluxe. He has been head over heels for Susan Geston ever since their first dance. She might’ve turned him down at first, but the couple got married in 1977 and have been together for 46 years!
5. Denzel and Pauletta Washington
Although Pauletta rejected Denzel’s proposal a number of times, the couple got hitched in 1983. They’ve been happily married for almost 40 years!
6. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Meryl Streep met Don Gummer in 1978. The couple has been together for 43 years and have four children. During her 2012 Oscars speech, Meryl thanked Don and made sure to let him know that everything that she values most in her life he’s given her.
7. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were made for each other! They met in 1979 and got married in 1982. Their daughter Kelly believes they are “the definition of true love”. The couple has been together for 42 years and plan on renewing their vows.
8. Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance met in 1980 and married in 1997. They’ve been together now for 41 years with twins of their own!
9. Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach
In 1980, Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach met while filming the movieCaveman together. Starr knew that he loved the Bond girl by the time they were done with the shoot. The couple got married in 1981 and have been together for 40 years!
10. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman
Before getting married, these two were on and off for 15 years. They’ve been married for 21 years now but they’ve been together for about 38! Felicity adores her husband and believes she lucked out.
11. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall met in the early 80’s while they were attending Northwestern. They got hitched in 1987 and have been together for about 39 years! Julia felt lucky to find Brad so early in life and believes her family has helped her survive in the industry.
12. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
These two cuties have been together since 1983. Despite not being wed to each other, they’re in it for the long haul! They've been together for 38 years.
13. Christopher Guest and Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis knew she wanted to marry Christopher Guest from first glance. In 1984, Curtis literally pointed at him in a magazine and said ‘I’m going to marry that man.’ Although he never called when her agent set up a date, they later saw each other at a restaurant and set up a date the next day. They married that same year and have been together for 37 years.
14. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom and Rita met on the set of Volunteers in 1988. It only took a year for these two to get married. Now they’ve been together for 33!
15. Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor
Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor are high school sweethearts. Although they divorced in 2004, they remarried in 2008. He realized he had to love the woman that loved him and had his kids. They’ve been together now for about 32 years.
16. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
These icons met in 1991 and wed in 1997. Although they are private about their relationship, Broderick admitted that communication was the secret to their relationship. They will be celebrating their 30 year anniversary!
17. John Travolta and Kelly Preston
John Travolta and Kelly Preston wed in 1991. In July 2020, Kelly Preston passed away following a two year battle with breast cancer. The couple had been together for almost 30 years.
18. Don Cheadle and Brigid Coulter
Although Don Cheadle and Brigid Coulter have been dating since 1992, but they didn’t tie the knot until 2016! The couple has been together for 29 years.
19. Elton John and David Furnish
Elton John and David Furnish were attracted to each other from the very beginning, they fell in love very quickly. Elton loves that Furnish can embrace him rather than allowing fame to intimidate him. They wed as soon as same-sex marriage was made legal in Britain. They’ve been together for 28 years.
20. Lisa Kudrow and Michael Stern
Kudrow and Stern met in 1987 while Stern was dating one of her friends at the time. Six years later these two started dating, then got married in 1995. Kudrow revealed that they committed to making their marriage work, as a result, given their bond, their love has taken another shape. They’ve been together for 28 years now!
21. Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen got married in 1995. Danson believes their relationship has helped him know what it’s like to love and be loved. They’ve been together for 28 years and are happier than ever!
22. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman met at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Although she didn’t think she’d marry him at first, the two wed in 2003. They have two sons together and have been together for 27 years.
23. Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
This funny couple met in 1994 thanks to Second City Comedy. They got married seven years later and have been together for 27 years.
24. Steve Carrell and Nancy Walls
Steve Carrell met Nancy Walls in 1995 while teaching an improv class at Chicago’s Second City. The funny duo got married that same year and have been together for 26 years since!
25. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
This iconic couple got married in 1997. They met when Jada Pinkett Smith auditioned to play one of Will’s girlfriends on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 2020, Jada made a very public confession on her show, Red Table Talk, where she openly discussed her 'entanglement' with singer August Alsina while she and Smith were separated. Despite their rocky history, the couple has been going strong for almost 27 years.
26. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
In 1995, Hugh Jackman met Deborra-Lee Furness on his first film set. They got married the following year. They’ve done everything together for the past 26 years!
27. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
These country stars first met in 1994, then toured together in 1996. Faith Hill called things off with her then-fiancé after she kissed McGraw on tour. They married that same year, had three children together, and will be celebrating their silver anniversary!
28. Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
This power couple got married just a year after they met. In fact, Judd Apatow called Leslie Mann “The Future Mrs. Apatow” after she auditioned for The Cable Guy. He was right! They’ve been together for 24 years.
29. David and Victoria Beckham
It was love at first sight, Posh Spice gave David Beckham her number in 1997. The ‘it couple’ got married in 1999 and have been together for 24 years!
30. Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford
In 1998, the supermodel married Rande Gerber in a top secret wedding. They’ve been together for 23 years and have two children together, Kaia and Presley.
31. Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld have been married since 1999. They’ve been together for the last 22 years. What's their secret? A sense of humor, of course!
32. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones
This famous couple has been together for 22 years. Despite their brief break in 2013, they’re both willing to work on any problems that come up in their marriage.
33. Jay Z and Beyonce
The iconic couple met in 1999 and wed in 2008, they’ve been together for about 21 years now. Queen B has explained that what they have is real, which is why they’re very private about their relationship, “It’s not about interviews or getting the right photo op.”
34. Julia Roberts and Danny Moder
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder met in 2000 and got married in 2002. They've been together for 21 years. Roberts has revealed that kissing is the secret to their marriage!
35. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
Although these two met in 1997 on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer, they didn’t start dating until 2000. They wed in 2001 and have been together ever since. Their relationship has for 21 years, still going strong!
36. Viola Davis and Julius Tennon
Viola Davis revealed that she was so lonely once, she prayed for a husband. Three and a half weeks later she met Julius Tennon! They got married in 2003 and have been together for about 21 years.
37. Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova
Iglesias and Kournikova met in 2001. No one knows whether these two are married but the happy couple have been together for 20 years now.
38. Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo
These two might’ve met in 2001, but they didn’t get hitched until 2015! The couple have been in love for 20 years.
39. Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson
This ultra famous duo may have not tied the knot, but Rudolph still considers him to be her husband. I mean, they have been in a relationship since 2001! Not only have they been together for almost 20 years, but they have four kids together too.
40. LeBron James and Savannah Brinson
These lovebirds have been dating since they were teenagers! How cute is that? They met in 2002 and finally wed in 2013. LeBron and Savannah Brinson have been together for 19 years and have three children together.
41. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard have been together since 2002. They decided to get married in 2009 and have two daughters. The actors have been together for 19 years now!
42. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart met in 2002 at the Golden Globe Awards. Harrison was in love!! The two got married in 2009 and have been together for a total of 19 years.
43. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
This funny couple met in 2002. Isla Fisher has said that meeting Sacha was like ‘winning the lottery’. They got married in 2010 and have been together for 19 years!
44. John Corbett and Bo Derek
Can you believe these two met on a blind date? They’ve been together since 2002, making it 19 years for this couple!
45. Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso
Matt Damon met his wife in Miami in 2003, then they got married in 2005. The couple have a two week rule because Damon doesn’t like being apart from his soulmate, aw!! They’ve been together for 18 years.
46. Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller met in 2004. They dated for six years before tying the knot in 2010. Rogen has attributed their successful marriage to watching a lot of television. They’ve been together for 17 years!
47. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Harris and Burtka went on a movie date in 2004 and have been together ever since! Although they didn’t get married until 2014, the couple have been together for 17 years.
48. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen and Portia met in 2004 and wed in 2008. Ellen sees her wife as her best friend. They’ve been together for 16 years.
49. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
In 2006, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend met on the set of one of Legend’s music videos. They officially got married in 2013 and the rest is history! They’ve been together for 15 years and are major couple goals.
50. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been together for 14 years. They met in 2007 and married in 2013. Shepard’s advice for marriage is to keep the spark alive, so far it’s worked for them!
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