Famous Couples That Are Together Against the Odds
Hollywood relationships aren’t exactly known to result in happy, Hollywood endings. But while many A-list couples don’t end up going the distance, there’s plenty of long-term love as well. In fact, statistically speaking, for every famous celebrity couple that burns and fades away quickly, there’s another that stands the test of time.
From the likes of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, some famous duos have spent decades together, and have figured out how to make it work. While more well-known successful couples might immediately come to mind, there are other, more low-key couples who’ve quietly been together for a very long time as well. Bet you didn’t know that some of these A-listers have been romantically linked for many, many years…
Julia Roberts & Daniel Moder – Together Since 2002
Julia Roberts first met Daniel Moder on the set of The Mexican in 2000. She was infatuated with the renowned cinematographer and they married in 2002. They have been happily married for decades and haven’t looked back.
Roberts and Moder both share equal duties in raising their kids as well as supporting each other at work. Despite having three children together and insanely hectic schedules, the two have solidified their status as one of Hollywood’s most inspiring duos.
Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart – Together Since 2010
There is no set age for falling in love. When Harrison Ford, one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, was 60 years old, he fell deeply in love with his wife, Calista Flockhart.
Calista Flockhart is an actress who is best known for her leading role on the FOX series Ally McBeal. Despite their 22-year age gap, the couple is going strong. They have a son together and although they keep their personal lives very private, they’re not shy when it comes to their love for one another.
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith – Together Since 1997
Will Smith is an accomplished actor and rapper and one of the biggest earners in Hollywood. For several years, the actor has been married to Jada Pinkett, a successful actress and talk show host.
Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Oscars when Rock made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Known now as “the slap,” it was one of the most notorious events in Academy Awards history.
Jamie Lee Curtis & Christopher Guest – Together Since 1984
Jamie Lee Curtis rose to stardom in the film True Lies. in 1984, a well-known magazine introduced her to Christopher Guest, who is best known for writing, starring, and directing in mock-documentary films such as This Is Spinal Tap and Best in Show. After a few dates, they decided to get married in December of the same year.
Following their wedding, the couple was blessed with two adorable children. In an interview years ago, Curtis claimed that she was always certain that Guest was the guy she wanted to marry.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson – Together Since 1988
Tom Hanks is one of the most well-known and successful actors in history. During the production of the film Volunteers, he met actress Rita Wilson while filming a love scene with Meg Ryan. The couple hit it off right away and spent a whole year getting to know each other. Hanks had just divorced his first wife at the time.
However, it only took them a year to realize their affection for each other, and they quickly married without wasting any more time. After his marriage to Wilson, Hanks confessed that he never felt lonely with her by his side.
Andrea Bocelli & Veronica Berti – Together Since 2014
Andrea Bocelli is an Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer who has been on top of his game throughout his career. In 1994, he won the preselection round at the 44th Sanremo Music Festival.
Since 1982, Bocelli has released numerous albums and has sold over 90 million copies of his best works. He met Italian actress Veronica Berti in 2002 and married her in 2014. Not only is she his wife, but she also works as his manager.
Steve Carell & Nancy Walls – Together Since 1995
Steve Carell, the actor best known for his role as Michael Scott in the TV series The Office, and his wife Nancy Carell, a successful actress in her own right, have been married for more than two decades and they have two kids together.
While they are both successful in their busy professions, they’ve both admitted that their family always comes first. It’s safe to say they know a thing or two about making a relationship work.
Richard Gere & Alejandra Silva – Together Since 2018
Following a couple of exceptional performances in films such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar and Days of Heaven, veteran American actor Richard Gere rose to prominence with his role in the film American Gigolo.
He has been married twice before, once to Cindy Crawford, but his previous marriages sadly didn’t work out. Gere met Spanish publicist and political activist Alejandra Silva and quickly began dating her. He sent flowers to Silva in an attempt to win her heart until she agreed to date him.
Salma Hayek & Francois Henri Pinault – Together Since 2009
Salma Hayek is one of the most influential Latina actresses in Hollywood. She met Francois Henri Pinault in the spring of 2006 at a gala in Venice. They had an instant connection and tied the knot in Paris on Valentine’s Day in 2009.
Pinault is the CEO and chairman of Kering, the French luxury fashion house that is the parent company and owner of brands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga. Hayek considers her marriage to Pinault to be her “biggest accomplishment.”
Candace Cameron Bure & Valeri Bure – Together Since 1996
Candace Cameron Bure is better known as D.J. Tanner in the television series Full House and its sequel Fuller House. She’s Kirk Cameron’s sister and was also in the show Growing Pains.
She married former NHL superstar Valeri Bure in 1996. They have one daughter and two sons together. Over the years, the couple hasn’t been shy about opening up about their marriage and sharing their secrets to success.
Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor – Together Since 2015
Sarah Paulson first began her acting career on stage productions in New York City. Since making her breakthrough in the film American Horror Story, Paulson has risen to prominence.
Holland Taylor is also a senior actress who also acts alongside Paulson from time to time. Despite their 32-year age gap, the couple is solid as a rock and completely in love with each other. The couple has not yet tied the knot, but they are exclusively dating one another.
Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber – Together Since 1998
Cindy Crawford is internationally famous for her work as a model. She met Rande Gerber, an American businessman and former model, at her agent’s wedding. After being friends first, they started dating. They got married in the Bahamas in 1998.
The couple has two children together and while they don’t disclose a lot of information to the public about their personal lives, it’s clear that the couple still enjoys each other’s company.
Bryan Cranston & Robin Dearden – Together Since 1989
During the filming of the CBS series Airwolf in 1986, Cranston and Dearden met each other. In the show, Cranston played the role of a kidnapper while Dearden played the role of the victim. For both actors, it was never love at first sight.
During the production of Airwolf, the two were dating different people. However, when the two came into contact, sparks started flying. After dating for some time, the two married in 1989 and were blessed with a daughter later that year.
Michelle Pfeiffer & David E. Kelley – Together Since 1993
Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the most prolific actresses of the 1980s and 1990s. In November 1993, she met television producer David E. Kelley on a blind date and the couple fell in love instantly. They dated for only 10 months before getting married.
In just the first nine months of their marriage, Pfeiffer brought home a little girl named Claudia. The couple has been together for all of life’s ups and downs, all while supporting one another.
Don Lemon & Tim Malone – Together Since 2017
Don Lemon is a well-known American journalist and TV news anchor on CNN. His husband, Tim Malone, works for the Corcoran Group as a real estate agent.
The two met in 2017 and got engaged in 2019. They own two homes together in New York and generally keep their personal lives pretty private.
Kevin James & Steffiana De La Cruz – Together Since 2004
If you’re a long-term CBS Network watcher, you may recognize comedian Kevin James as Doug Heffernan from the hit comedy The King of Queens. James met model Steffiana De La Cruz on a blind date in 2001.
Not long after, they moved in together and announced their engagement in 2003. They got married the following year and have four children together.
Adam Sandler & Jackie Sandler – Together Since 2003
Adam Sandler is one of America’s favorite comedians, known for his appearances in films like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. He met Jackie Sandler while filming Big Daddy. She initially kickstarted her career as a model and later started acting.
The couple has been together for decades now. When Sandler has time away from his busy schedule, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters.
Maria Bello & Dominique Crenn – Together Since 2019
Maria Bello is a well-known American actress who has won the hearts of millions. She has performed in movies such as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire and A History of Violence.
Maria Bello and French chef Dominique Crenn have been together since 2019. The sad news of Crenn’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2019 ultimately brought them closer. They have proved that love persists in both sickness and in health.
Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas – Together Since 2000
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are one of the most powerful couples in Hollywood. The Basic Instinct actor fell in love with the Welsh actress the moment he saw her in the action movie The Mask of Zorro.
The longtime lovers met at the Deauville Film Festival in France following an introduction from their mutual friends. They have two children together and are an inspiration for a love that endures.
Robert Redford & Sibylle Szaggars – Together Since 2009
Robert Redford has encouraged numerous actors to pursue acting as a profession. His on-screen charisma and talent have made him what he is today. Even if he has retired, people adore and respect him, and they still want to see more of him on screen.
In 1985, the actor split from his first wife. Redford tied the knot with German artist Sibylle Szaggars in 2009 after several years together. Since 1990, they’ve been loyal to one another.
Jay Leno & Mavis Leno – Together Since 1980
Jay Leno is a well-known comedian and television host who hosted The Tonight Show for a long time. He is famous for his tidy, observational style of humor, which has earned him several TV appearances.
Before he became famous for hosting his hit talk show in the 1990s, he met his wife in 1976 at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. They married in 1980. Their forty-plus years together make their relationship one of the longest in showbiz.
Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood – Together Since 2005
Garth Brooks is a well-known country singer and songwriter with a large following. Nine of his albums have achieved diamond status and he’s won a Grammy, an American Music Award, and an RIAA Award.
Brooks met Trisha Yearwood back in 1987 while they were both struggling artists. They are now international recording superstars each with several top-selling albums.
Robin Roberts & Amber Laign – Together Since 2014
Robin Roberts is the host of ABC’s Good Morning America. She revealed her relationship with Amber Laign to the world in 2013. Since meeting by chance in 2005, the two love birds have always been extremely supportive of one another.
Laign is the creator of Plant Juice Oils, a start-up company that produces therapeutic oils. While Roberts takes the media attention, Laign is camera shy and prefers to live a quiet life with their adorable dog Lukas. Laign is honest about their connection and can’t help but express her gratitude toward her partner.
Phoebe Cates & Kevin Kline – Together Since 1989
Phoebe Cates is most remembered for her racy part in the 1982 film Fast Times At Ridgemont High. When she was only 19 years old, the actress met Kevin Kline, a renowned stage actor. The pair recognized each other’s sparks and began dating exclusively for six years before getting married.
Cates was 25 years old, and Kline was 41 years old when they married. They have two children, and the couple decided to divide their jobs and time so that one of them could always be home with the kids.
Guy Fieri & Lori Fieri – Together Since 1992
Guy Fieri is famous for being a successful restaurant entrepreneur and an excellent game show host on the Food Network. Fieri runs three restaurants in California, not one of which are his own.
In 1992, he met his lovely wife Lori Fieri at his restaurant in Los Angeles, and their relationship is as vibrant now as it was then. They got married in 1995 and have been the exemplar of “the ideal match” since.
Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell – Together Since 1983
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, two of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors, are one of the best-known pairs in entertainment. Even after they had their son Wyatt, the couple has never felt compelled to exchange vows or have their relationship certified.
Hawn claims that she would have been divorced shortly after if she had married. She justified her choice to remain committed but single by noting that marriage is largely based on a person’s psychology.
Sam Elliott & Katharine Ross – Together Since 1984
Since 1978, actor Sam Elliot and actress Katherine Ross have been a couple. The lovebirds tied the knot in 1984, and while it was Ross’s fifth marriage, it was Elliott’s first.
The couple has appeared in several films together, including the horror classic The Legacy. In their relationship, the couple prioritizes love and trust. It’s no wonder they’ve been together for decades.
Ellen Degeneres & Portia De Rossi – Together Since 2008
Popular TV host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi have one of the longest-lasting relationships in all of Hollywood. They first met in 2001 and the couple has been together since. You can still see the fireworks between them.
The two started out as good friends and are now life partners. Every year, they get closer together, inspiring other married couples to work through their problems and remain loyal to their partners.
Tom Selleck & Jillie Mack – Together Since 1987
Tom Selleck is well known for his role as private investigator Thomas Magnum in the popular 1980s TV series Magnum P.I. Selleck met Jillie Mack, a fellow Magnum P.I. actress, in 1983.
Selleck proposed in 1987 and the pair have been by each other’s sides through all of life’s ups and downs. The couple has had several years of true marital bliss.
Melissa Gilbert & Timothy Busfield – Together Since 2013
Melissa Gilbert got her start on the hit television drama Little House On The Prairie, which skyrocketed her career. In 2012, she met Timothy Busfield, another actor, at a bar and they started dating.
Gilbert and Busfield were both married twice before but that didn’t stop them from tying the knot for the third time. Their romance has proven that it’s never too late to find love.
Eric Braeden & Dale Russell Gudegast — Together Since 1966
Over the years, Eric Braeden has gained a large following due to his incredible work on The Young and the Restless as a recurring actor. In addition to acting roles, he has numerous other credits in his extensive profile, including accolades and accomplishments.
He’s been married to Dale Russell Gudegast for decades. Gudegast is also an actress known for her part in the 2001 film Holiday in the Sun. The lovebirds are experts at sustaining a happy marriage.
James Hetfield & Francesca Tomasi – Together Since 1997
If you’re a metalhead, you probably like Metallica’s hits as much as we do. James Hetfield is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the popular band. He met Francesca Tomasi, a costume designer, on one of his world tours.
The couple has declared that they instantly fell in love when they first saw each other. The couple spent many eventful years together before settling down in Colorado, where they now have three children.
Juan Williams & Susan Delise Williams – Together Since 1978
Juan Williams is a household name at Fox News. He’s one of the most recognized faces on The Five. Believe it or not, he’s also been very successful in his personal life. He has been with his wife, Delise Williams, since 1978.
Delise lives a relatively private life and not a lot is known about her career endeavors. The couple has one daughter, Rae, and two sons, Antonio “Tony” and Raphael “Raffi.”
Melissa Sue Anderson & Michael Sloan — Together Since 1990
Melissa Sue Anderson, an American actress and model, began her career with commercials and was famous for her roles in Little House on the Prairie (1974 and 1981). Although she has yet to achieve the same heights of success in her career, she did find a successful and happy relationship with Michael Sloan.
Sloan is a fantastic writer, director, and producer, and he has two children with Anderson. After a brief absence to focus on her family, Anderson returned to the limelight with an autobiography and a mini-series and also appeared in the reunion film Little House.
Meredith Baxter & Nancy Locke- Together Since 2013
Meredith Baxter is an actress and producer. Her love life has been plagued by a number of scandals. In three of Baxter’s marriages, she’s had to use the services of a divorce attorney.
However, she discovered her perfect match with actress Nancy Locke. Their relationship began with just a phone call. They met up, walked around town, and eventually ended up being life partners.
Ron & Cheryl Howard – Together Since 1975
Ron Howard has a number of film credits to his name, including an Oscar Award. He’s directed movies such as The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, and Cocoon. He met his wife when they were in the same English class in high school.
The pair didn’t wait long to get married, tying the knot in June 1975, a little more than four years after they first met. After so many years together, they are an inspiration to several other couples in Hollywood.
Kristy McNichol & Martie Allen — Together Since 1991
Kris McNichol charmed her audiences with her acting abilities in films like Empty Nest and Only When I Laugh. McNichol and television personality Martie Allen have been romantically linked since 1991.
The two continue to be deeply invested in one another. In order to manage their relationship and personal contentment, they have chosen to live a quiet life out of the limelight.
Gabourey Sidibe & Brandon Frankel – Together Since 2020
Gabourey Sidibe had a breakout role in the film Precious which won her a nomination for an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
She’s currently sharing her life with partner Brandon Frankel who works in the entertainment industry. After 18 months of dating, Frankel proposed to Sidibe and they plan to marry in the near future.
Tobey Maguire & Tatiana Dieteman- Together Since 2018
There’s no need to introduce Tobey Maguire, the actor who has made Peter Parker/Spiderman a huge blockbuster hit. Maguire was destined to become a star long before his famous role in Spiderman.
Tobey was dating model Tatiana Dieteman, and the two had been keeping their relationship low-key for quite some time. Sadly, the couple split in February of 2022.
Rob Marciano & Eryn Marciano – Together Since 2010
Rob Marciano is a journalist and meteorologist who is a host on Good Morning America. Rob has found equal success and happiness in his personal life too.
He walked down the aisle with Eryn Marciano in 2010. They have a beautiful daughter whom they spend all of their free time with. Sadly, the couple filed for divorce in early 2022.