Though rare, a select few of the longest celebrity marriages have lasted decades, with a couple even making it to the half-century mark. That in itself is a big accomplishment for any couple, celebrity or not. What's the secret? Faithful celebrities? Total devotion? Let's look at the longest marriages in Hollywood history and see what we can find.
Interestingly, one trend seems to be the norm for many of these couples. Male actors apparently make long-lasting husbands as many of the top actors from the past 50 years are on this list including Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, Paul Newman and Kirk Douglas.
Some Hollywood marriages have lasted, but which is which celebrity marriage has lasted the longest? Whether it's a faithful and successful man, a reasonable woman, good chemistry or something else that accounts for the success of these relationships, these fine stars prove that celebrity marriages need not last only a few months.
Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens
Celebrating their 60th anniversary on May 29, 2014, actor Kirk Douglas and his producer wife Anne Buydens are the definition of a long-lasting celebrity marriage. The couple have two sons together, Peter and the late Eric Douglas. Kirk Douglas also has two sons, Michael and Joel Douglas, from his first marriage to Diana Dill.
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
Following a 10-year marriage to Jackie Witte, actor Paul Newman enjoyed 50 years of marriage to his second wife, actress Joanne Woodward. The couple had three children together and remained married until Newman's death from lung cancer on September 26, 2008.
Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard
Years before he directed Oscar-winning movies like Cocoon, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, actor, director and producer Ron Howard was marrying his wife of over 35 years Cheryl Howard (Alley). The former star on The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days married his high school sweetheart on June 7, 1975, and went on to have four children, including actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
Sharing a profession and stature worked out well for the acting and producing couple of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, who celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on January 28, 2012. Together, the award winners have three children, Lucy, Grace and Jacob. Both have also won Emmy Awards with DeVito winning for his role on Taxi and Perlman for her role on Cheers.