There’s no doubt that the ethics and morals of our society have seen a drastic change toward dissolution in the past few decades and various forms of entertainment (film, music, and TV) have had a significant impact on this development. Getting a divorce nowadays is seen as a sign of independence (particularly for women) instead of failure and lack of dedication to making a marriage work. Gossip magazines and websites make tons of money reporting who broke up and who divorced in the showbiz industry, and there are even betting houses where you can bet on which celebrity couple will divorce or break up next.
However, there are always exceptions to the rule and on our list today we have 25 celebrity marriages who buck against the trend toward divorce, thus showing everyday people strong examples of happy married couples with children.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick met when they played the leads in the TV movie Lemon Sky (1988) and they’ve been together ever since. They got married a couple of months after they met on the set and have two children.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman might be one of the most desirable male stars of the past fifteen years and has earned titles such as the 2008 Sexiest Man Alive by People, but the actor has eyes for no other woman except his lovely wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. They met on the set of the Australian TV show Correlli (1995) and got married a year later. Unfortunately Deborra had two miscarriages. Nevertheless this led them to adopt two adorable children, Oscar Maximillian and Ava Eliot.
Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley
Michelle Pfeiffer’s story sounds like a fairy tale, especially to her dedicated fans. She married actor and director Peter Horton in 1981 but the marriage didn’t last long; they divorced in 1988. She then met another actor named Fisher Stevens whom she dated for three years. When that relationship didn’t work out either, Pfeiffer decided to focus on her career and in 1993 adopted a baby girl whom she would raise by herself. During the same year, however, she met and married lawyer and producer David E. Kelley with whom she has a son and they have been together ever since.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
This beautiful couple met during the filming of The Experts (1989) and it took them about two years to realize that they were meant to be together for the rest of their lives. They made some buzz with their “adventurous” wedding since they had two different marriage ceremonies a week apart. Their first wedding ceremony, conducted on September 5, 1991, officiated by a French Scientologist minister, was found to be unofficial. The subsequent official ceremony took place on September 12.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson and Hollywood megastar (and one of the highest-grossing actors in film history) Tom Hanks have been married since April 30, 1988, and they have two sons together. Wilson has also adopted Hanks’s two children from his previous marriage. Hanks also converted to the Greek Orthodox Church to honor his wife’s ethnic and religious background.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest
Jamie Lee Curtis, according to herself, has always put her family first and judging from her career she seems to be telling the truth since she hasn’t been in many films or TV shows compared to other actors and actresses of her generation. She has been married to actor, producer, and musician Christopher Guest for over thirty years and they have two adopted children together.
Denzel and Pauletta Washington
Denzel Washington is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished and talented actors of his generation, but according to him his ultimate dream project is his kids and family. He has been married to his wife, Pauletta, for thirty-one years and they have four children.
Chevy Chase and Jayni Luke
The famous comedian had been married twice before he met Jayni. In Jayni Luke he obviously found everything he was looking for in a woman and they have been together for the past thirty-two years and have three children. Hopefully their vacations are not as crazy as the Griswold family’s, though.
Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
They might not be the most beautiful celebrity couple out there but Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, other than being funny as hell, have also been happily married for the past thirty-two years and have three children together.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
She is arguably the greatest and most awarded actress in the history of American cinema. He’s just a humble sculptor who hasn’t earn any awards or lots of money during his career but apparently has the keys to Meryl’s heart as he has been married to her since 1978 and they have four children together.
Sissy Spacek and Jack Fisk
Sissy Spacek has won multiple awards (including an Oscar) during her illustrious career but nothing compares, according to her claims, to her successful, happy marriage to fellow actor Jack Fisk. The couple has two daughters and this year they celebrated their fortieth anniversary.
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy
British actor Hume Cronyn and Academy Award winner Jessica Tandy were married for fifty-two years, from 1942 until Tandy’s death in 1994. They also collaborated on several films and plays and had two children together. Cronyn remarried two years after Tandy’s death, however, which disappointed many of his fans.
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson
He’s one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood and a certified badass of the big screen while she’s a lesser-known actress who mostly plays secondary roles. However, together they have been happily married since 1980 and have a daughter. The rumor has it that Samuel is a softy with his family and a great father.
Bono and Ali Hewson
Bono met his sweetheart when they were students at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and married each other in 1982. They have been together nearly forty years (thirty-two as a married couple) and have four children. Ali has been the inspiration behind several U2 songs, most famously “the Sweetest Thing.”
Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston
Jeff Bridges is considered one of the sexiest male Hollywood stars in history but no woman besides his wife, Susan, has managed to seduce him since he married her in 1977. The couple has three daughters and Jeff Bridges once stated that “Sticking with a marriage: That’s true grit, man.”
Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft
Comedic genius Mel Brooks and Academy Award winner Anne Bancroft met after they had both left their previous, unsuccessful marriages and married each other in 1964. They were married for forty-one years until Bancroft’s death in 2005.
David Bowie and Iman
Possibly the most famous interracial couple in the history of showbiz, “the Thin White Duke” and “the African Diamond” got married in the early 1990s after they had both been in unsuccessful marriages. They have a daughter and spend most of their time between the UK and the US.
Sean Connery and Micheline Roquebrune
The greatest James Bond in history, Sean Connery, dated many beautiful starlets and was married to the beautiful Australian actress Diane Cilento before he met and married the woman with whom he has spent more than forty years of his life, Micheline Roquebrune. The couple has no kids together, but Sean has a son from his first marriage who has made him a grandfather too.
George H. W. and Barbara Bush
We have no problem admitting that we’ve cheated here since George Bush senior and Barbara aren’t entertainment celebrities but political figures. If any of you, however, can name another famous couple that have been married for almost seventy years (on January 6, 2015, it will officially be seventy years) then we will tip our hats to you. Can we agree that at this point only death can separate this couple?
Christopher and Georgianne Walken
Christopher Walken, one of the most prolific actors of his generation, has been married to his wife, Georgianne, for forty-five years, since 1969. Even though the couple has no kids they enjoy one of the happiest and most stable marriages in Hollywood.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Some of you might wonder why Ozzy ranks so high when there are other celebrity couples on this list who have been married longer than Ozzy and Sharon. Let’s play fair here though; how many rock stars can you name who have been married to the same woman for more than a decade? Ozzy has been married to Sharon for the past thirty-two years and he isn’t just any rock star but probably the wildest one in history. The man deserves our respect!
James Garner and Lois Clarke
James Garner and Lois Clarke married in 1956 just two weeks after they met. They remained married for fifty-eight years, until July 19, 2014 when Garner died. The couple had a daughter named Gigi.
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara
They spent many years as a super-comedy team on screen and even more in life. Jerry Stiller and his wife, Anne Meara, have been married sixty years (from 1954) and she gave birth to one of the most famous comic actors of this generation, Ben Stiller.
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Paul Newman, one of the greatest and best-looking actors of all time married Joanne Woodward in 1958 and they remained married for fifty years until Newman’s death in 2008. The couple had three daughters, while Newman had three more kids (two daughters and a son) from a previous marriage.
Robert and Dorothy Mitchum
Robert and Dorothy Mitchum is probably the Hollywood couple with the greatest longevity since the only thing that could separate them was death. Robert met Dorothy at a young age during the late 1930s and they married in 1940 when they were both still in their early twenties. They were together for fifty-seven years until Robert’s death in 1997 and had three children and many grandkids. Robert Mitchum is still considered the symbol of a good family man and gentleman. He made history not just for his legendary acting career but for his quiet family life and devotion to his wife and children.