The Longest Lasting Celebrity Marriages

Keeping the gossip magazines in business, celebrity couples are always hooking up, breaking up and making up, but there are a handful who have stood the test of time. The longest lasting celebrity marriages include some marriages that would seem short in the real world, but in celebrity marriage time, it's an eternity.

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

    Married in 1954, actor Kirk Douglas and his producer wife Anne Buydens were the definition of a long-lasting celebrity marriage. The couple had two sons together, Peter and the late Eric Douglas. Kirk Douglas also had two sons, Michael and Joel Douglas, from his first marriage to Diana Dill.

  • Paul Newman And Joanne Woodward And
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    Paul Newman And Joanne Woodward And

    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 passing 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 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 got married in 1982. 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.

  • Denzel Washington And Pauletta Washington

    The Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Denzel Washington didn't need the hundreds of films and television shows on his resume to find true love as he met his longtime wife Pauletta Pearson on his first film, Wilma. The couple married on June 25, 1983, and went on to have four children, John David, Katia, and twins Olivia and Malcolm.

  • Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson

    As one of the most well-known actors ever, Tom Hanks can also boast one of the longest celebrity marriages ever as well. After a 10-year marriage to Samantha Lewes, the writer, director, and producer married Rita Wilson on April 30, 1988. Together they had two children, Chet and Truman, who joined two from Hanks' first marriage, Colin and Elizabeth.