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20 Famous Long-Term Couples That Split

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List RulesOnly couples that were together for at least 20 years - married or not

Get ready to feel terrible! This list contains information about long-term couples that split, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Everyone knows that Hollywood relationships are often fleeting, but several celebrities were in 20-plus year relationships before calling it quits. Some of these famous couples separated amicably, and others were involved in contentious divorces. But one thing is true for most: after so long together their surprising breakups were heartbreaking to watch.

Who is the most famous long-term couple that split? Many of these longtime famous couples could claim the top spot. Like Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who split after it was revealed that Schwarzenegger had a child outside of their marriage. They had been married for 25 years. In 2009, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins ended their 23-year relationship.

Rock's royal couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were married from 1984 to 2013. After they divorced, their band, Sonic Youth, called it quits as well. Kris and Bruce Jenner were married from 1991 to 2015. Other famous couples that split after long-term relationships include Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard as well as Robert Redford and Lola Van Wagenen.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver
    Photo: Silvia Cestari / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger were married in 1986 and divorced in 2011. They have four children together.

    Neither have remarried though both have had long-term partners since their divorce.

  • Clint Eastwood & Maggie Johnson
    Photo: CBS Television / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Clint Eastwood and Maggie Johnson were married from 1953 until Johnson filed for separation in 1978. The divorce was not finalized until 1984, 31 years after their marriage. Eastwood both entered new relationships and continued those he'd kept while married to Johnson.

    In 1996, Eastwood married Dina Ruiz, and she filed for divorce in 2013.

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  • Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison were married from 1983 to 2004 and had two children in 1990. Mathison was Ford's second wife. Ford remarried in 2010, after proposing to Calista Flockhart over Valentine's Day weekend in 2009.

    Mathison, a screenwriter, succumbed to neuroendocrine cancer in 2015.

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  • Jerry Lewis was married to his first wife, Patti Palmer, from 1944 to 1980. They had six children together - all boys.

    Lewis remarried in 1983 and adopted a daughter with Sandra Pitnick.

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