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The Longest Hollywood Marriages

Updated October 12, 2020 4.1m views42 items

This is a list of the longest Hollywood marriages ranked by their duration in years. Hollywood marriages are known to be notoriously short, but a few couples have remained happy together for decades. Some couples are both successful actors, while other couples have one spouse who is a mega-star and the other is unknown to the public.

Who tops our list of the longest Hollywood marriages? Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara appeared to have been one of the happiest celebrity couples ever. There are other old Hollywood marriages that have lasted, such as the relationships between James Garner and Lois Clarke, and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are another of the Hollywood couples with long marriages. They tied the knot in 1988. They're often praised as one of the most successful marriages in Hollywood. Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are one of the seriously impressive famous couples who have been married for over 50 years. Lasting relationships like that are exciting to read about, because they clearly worked at being husband and wife. There are other famous elderly or old Hollywood couples below.  

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  • James Garner and Lois Clarke were married for 58 years, from 1956 until Garner's death in 2016. When they married just 14 days after they met, Clarke had one daughter, Kim, from a previous marriage, and the couple later had another daughter, Gigi. Of their marriage, Garner said: "Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who re-enlist."

  • Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Longest Hollywood Marriages
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    Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were married for over 60 years, from 1954 until her death in 2015. They have two children together, comedians and actors 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."

  • Chevy Chase and Jayni Luke have been married since 1982. The couple has three daughters together.

  • Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Longest Hollywood Marriages
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    Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed in 1958; they were married for 50 years at the time of Newman's death in 2008. The couple 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?”

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