When people think of celebrity couples, they are probably more likely to envision flash-in-the-pan affairs rather than long-lasting relationships. These quick-burning Hollywood romances are catnip to the media, which breathlessly promotes them to an eager, invested public.
But some Hollywood romances really have stood the test of time. From Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's 30-plus years of marriage, to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's decades of partnership, some famous couples have found happiness, stability, and plenty of love in a town known for its scandals, secrets, and salacious revelations.
Small, heartwarming stories about these decades-long love stories demonstrate that some things are real in the Land of Make-Believe - even romance.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, one of Hollywood's favorite couples, have been married since 1988. Hanks's interest in Wilson predates the start of their relationship in the 1980s, however.
In a 2016 press interview, Hanks shared that he was a teenager when Wilson first came to his attention. He was smitten with Wilson after seeing her appearance on an episode of The Brady Bunch in 1972:
Oh, every now and again I just pull [the episode] up in YouTube. All of the stuff that she was in. I was actually at a friend of mine's house when that [episode] aired [in 1972] and remember thinking that that girl is cute.31717Heartwarming?
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have been a couple since 1983, but have known each other for much longer. They appeared together in the 1966 film The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, though there was nothing romantic about their relationship at that time. Years later, their romance finally took off.
In 2017, Russell and Hawn received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To honor their decades-long relationship, the stars are next to each other. As Russell said at the ceremony, "Goldie, to you I owe my wonderful life. Simply put, Goldie, I cherish you. All of the stars in the sky or the boulevard don't hold a candle to that. There's no one else I'd rather be next to than Goldie Hawn."28538Heartwarming?
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen's paths crossed many times before they became a couple. They first met while auditioning for the 1983 film Cross Creek, though nothing came of the encounter.
About a decade later, Danson and Steenburgen met again playing a married couple in the film Pontiac Moon. This time, the two actors found there might be something between them.
As Steenburgen told People in 2021, when she and Danson reconnected in the 1990s, romance wasn't necessarily on her mind: "I wasn't ready for anything like a relationship. We just kept working together and becoming better and better friends."
Danson and Steenburgen have been married since 1995.17738Heartwarming?
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Together for more than two decades, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are one of country music's power couples.
Their marriage to one another was unexpected, however. The couple got engaged in 1996. A few months later, they put out invitations to a game of softball followed by a concert. But the friends and family who arrived to the event witnessed something else entirely: a surprise wedding.
McGraw and Hill have been together ever since.16031Heartwarming?