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The Longest Hollywood Marriages

Who tops our list of the longest Hollywood marriages? Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara top our list. They have been married for 60 years. They have two children together, Amy and Ben Stiller. Jerry Stiller on their marriage, “Anne is very forgiving. She doesn’t care about money, being rich, or clothes. We never argued about finances.” Stiller and Meara first gained attention as a successful comedy duo. Stiller went on to appear on successful television shows like “Seinfeld” and “The King of Queens” and Meara appeared on “Sex and the City.”

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married for 25 years. They have two children together and Tom has two children from a previous marriage. Both spouses have successful acting and producing careers. Other actors who have had long Hollywood marriages include Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest.

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara have been married since 1954.  They have two children together, Amy and Ben Stiller.  Jerry Stiller on their marriage, “Anne is very forgiving. She doesn’t care about money, being rich, or clothes. We never argued about finances.”
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy were married for over 50 years, from 1942 until Tandy’s death in 1994. The couple had two children, Christopher and Tandy Cronyn, and they collaborated on several films, plays, and other projects over their many decades together.
James Garner and Lois Clarke married in 1956 just 14 days after they met. Clarke had one daughter, Kim, from a previous marriage, and the couple has another daughter, Gigi. Garner has said: “Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you’d be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist.”

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed in 1958; they were married for 50 years at the time of Newman’s death in 2008.  They had three daughters together, and Newman had two daughters and a son from a previous marriage.

Paul Newman said of his marriage, “I don’t like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?”

Bob Newhart has been married to his wife Ginny since 1963.  They have four children together.  Newhart on marriage: “I’m most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don’t have that, you really don’t have very much.”

In 2014, Bill Cosby will celebrate his 50th anniversary with his wife Camille, who he married in 1964.  The couple have five children together.  In 2014 and 2015, Bill came under fire from more than 20 women who alleged that he had drugged and molested them throughout his career.

Bill Cosby has said of marriage, “Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge.”

Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft wed in 1964; they were married for 41 years at the time of Bancroft’s death in 2005. They have one son together.
Don Rickles has been married to his wife Barbara since 1965.  They have two children together.  Rickles on sex: “Sex is great, but when you get to be my age, you’ve got to pace it a little bit. Otherwise you get tired.”
Christopher Walken has been married to his wife, Georgianne, since 1969.  They have no children.  Although Walken is a loving husband, he rarely gets cast in the role. He has said, “I’d love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing – but nobody offers me those kind of parts.”
Regis and Joy Philbin have been married since 1970. They have two children together, and Philbin has two more from a previous marriage.
Sissy Spacek has been married to Jack Fisk since 1974. The couple has two daughters together.
Ron Howard and Cheryl Alley have been married since 1975. The couple has four children together.
Jeff Bridges has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1977. They have three daughters together. Jeff Bridges on marriage, “Sticking with a marriage: That’s true grit, man.”
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer have been married since 1978. The couple has four children together.
Samuel L. Jackson has been married to his wife, LaTanya, since 1980. They have one daughter together. Jackson on being a good dad, “My dad was an absentee dad, so it was always important to me that I was part of my daughter’s life, and she deserved two parents, which is part of the rationale behind us staying married for 30 years.”

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have been married since 1982. They have three children together. DeVito and Perlman separated in the fall of 2012, but by March of 2013 they had reconciled and were back together.

Danny Devito on life: “I’ll tell you one thing, it’s a cruel, cruel world.”

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have been married since 1982. They have three children together, and Ozzy has three more from a previous marriage. Ozzy Osbourne on what’s important, “I’m about caring, I’m about people, and I’m about entertaining people. I’m a family man. A husband. A father. I’ve been a lot of other things over the years, which we don’t really want to talk about.”
Chevy Chase and Jayni Luke have been married since 1982. The couple has three daughters together.
U2 singer Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, have been married since 1982. The couple has four children together.
Steven and Maureen Van Zandt have been married since 1982. The couple also portrayed a married couple on “The Sopranos.” Bruce Springsteen was the couple’s best man at their wedding.
Denzel Washington has been married to his wife, Pauletta, since 1983. They have four children together.  Washington has said of his family, “My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.”
Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest have been married since 1984  They adopted two children together.  Jamie Lee Curtis on family: “I’ve always put my family first, and that’s just the way it is.”
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married since 1988. They have two children together, and Hankshas two children from a previous marriage. Hanks likes to keep his family life private and has said, “No journalist has ever been in my house, and no photographs have ever been taken of where I live. I don’t parade my family out for display, which is the way it will stay.”
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have been married since 1988. They have two children together.  Kyra Sedgwick on their marriage, “After 14 years, it better be a real marriage, you know? We do have a great time together. We are really lucky.”
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan have been married since 1988. They have four children together.  Michael J. Fox has said of family, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”
Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates have been married since 1989. They have two children together. Perhaps the secret to their long marriage has been to keep it private, as Kline has stated: “I don’t like talking about myself. I don’t like talking about my personal life.”

Steven Spielberg has been married to Kate Capshaw, whom he met on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, since 1991. They have five children together, and they each have 1 child from a previous marriage.

Of his family, Spielberg has said, “I love my kids as individuals, not as a herd – and I do have a herd of children. I have seven kids.”

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been married since 1991. They have three children together. Travolta compares acting to a marriage, saying, “I’ve always thought of a with an actor to an audience as a marriage. And a story. And there are ups and downs, and you work through them, and you work with them.”
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty have been married since 1992. They have four children together. Annette Bening on being an actress and a mom: “We still want to idealize moms, and sometimes we want to idealize actresses who are moms, too. I know that’s something I’ve experienced, but we’re all just doing the best we can, and we’re all trying to raise our kids and talk to them about everything that needs to be discussed.”
David Bowie and Iman Abdulmajid have been married since 1992. They have a daughter together, and Bowie has a son from a previous marriage. Bowie has said of being a father: “I’m very at ease, and I like it. I never thought I would be such a family-oriented guy; I didn’t think that was part of my makeup. But somebody said that as you get older, you become the person you always should have been, and I feel that’s happening to me. I’m rather surprised at who I am, because I’m actually like my dad!”
Michelle Pfeiffer has been married to “Ally McBeal” producer David E. Kelley since 1993. They have two children together. Pfeiffer has said of marriage, “Ultimately, I believe the only secret to a happy marriage is choosing the right person. Life is a series of choices, right?”
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have been married since 1995. They have no children together, but each have two children from previous marriages.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have been married since 1996. They have three children together. Kelly Ripa on the struggles of being a working mom, “When I’m at work, I’m remembering what I forgot to do for the kids, and when I’m with the kids, I’m remembering what I forgot to do at work.”
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been married since 1996. They have three daughters together. Hill on her marriage: “I think what makes our marriage work amid all the glare is that my husband is my best friend. He inspires everything in my life and enables me to do the best that I can. I want to hang out with him more than anyone.”

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married from 1948 until Davis’s death in 2005. They had three children together: a son , Guy Davis, and two daughters, Nora Day and Hasna Muhammad. In their joint autobiography, the couple discussed having an open marriage, but later changed their minds.