15 Long-Lasting Celeb Marriages That Have Proven The Doubters Wrong

Ashley Hunte
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In the world of celebrity relationships, it seems like breakups are almost inevitable. Time and time again, you'll hear about a famous couple that broke it off after a decade of marriage, or one who ended their years-long engagement.

But some couples were meant to stand the test of time, famous or non. Here are some celebrity couples whose love for one another is still going strong.

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson.

The couple, who have been together through thick and thin, boast a whopping 41 years of marriage together.

Jackson, 73, said regarding the secret to his successful relationship with Richardson, 72, "It's two people who respect each other, love each other and look out for each other."

Meryl Streep and Don Gummer.

Streep, 72, met Gummer, 75, when he was brought along by her brother to help her move out of the apartment she'd shared with late partner John Cazale. The two married in 1978, making this the 44th year of their union.

Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley.

Pfeiffer, 63 and Kelley, 66, married back in 1993, meaning they're 28 years strong, and will see their 29th anniversary later this year.

Despite both being in show business (with Pfeiffer as an actress and Kelley as a writer and producer), the two have never worked together.

"I value our relationship more than a good part, and I just think it's too risky."

In an interview on Fallon, Michelle Pfeiffer said, "We're both kind of fierce when we work, so if I come home and I've had a bad day, and I'm upset about something, I want him to be on my side because he hasn't heard the other side. … There's value in that."

Dame Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford.

Mirren, 76 and Hackford, 77, have been married for nearly 25 years. Mirren believes part of their successful marriage is due to their time apart:

"My theory has always been that this is why we're still together: because we've spent so much time apart, we're always pleased to see each other," she said.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall.

Louis-Dreyfus, 61 and Hall, 64, met as students at Northwestern University in the 1980s. The couple got married in 1987, which means they're nearing their 35th wedding anniversary this year.

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy.

Huffman, 59, and Macy, 72, tied the knot nearly 25 years ago, back in 1997. And despite Huffman's involvement in the college admissions scandal and subsequent prison sentence, they're still going strong

Unlike other couples in this list, Huffman and Macy have actually worked together.

Both are incredibly successful TV and film stars in their own right, but their paths have crossed on multiple occasions, like the 2014 movie, Cake.

Sting and Trudie Styler.

Sting, 70, and Styler, 68, have three full decades of marriage under their belt.

In an interview with People, Sting said, "We love each other, but we actually like each other — and that’s an important distinction there."

"Love is passion and all of that stuff..."

"...but actually liking somebody and enjoying someone’s company is something slightly different, and it lasts longer. So you can have both, and I think that’s important. Be married to your best friend."

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham.

The couple's 36-year-long relationship has been largely kept from the public eye, and despite having been briefly engaged in the early '90s, the two never married. But that hasn't kept Winfrey, 68, and Graham, 71 from staying in each other's corners.

In fact, it seems their relationship has been so successful because they never married.

Like the other non-married, long lasting couples in this list, Oprah stated that they probably wouldn't be together today if they'd ever gotten married.

"If you ever interviewed [Graham], he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today," she said in an interview.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy, 73, and Sharon, 69, first got married in 1982, making this year their 40th anniversary. And despite Ozzy having cheated on his wife in the past, the two were able to reconcile and remain together.

Dan Harmon and Pam Dawber.

Harmon and Dawber, both 71, have been married since 1987, meaning their union has lasted 35 years so far.

According to Harmon, the secret to their marriage is, "We were both in our 30s when we got married, so hopefully the stupid stuff, we did earlier."

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty.

Benning, 63, and Beatty, 85, mark 2022 as their 30th year of marriage. In 2016, Beatty said he has now doubts about their marriage:

"I always felt I wasn’t trying to avoid marriage, I was trying to avoid divorce. I had no doubt when I met Annette that it was time to get married."

Keith Richards and Patti Hansen.

Richards, 78, married Hansen, 66, back in the year 1983, meaning that the couple have spent 39 years together. They'd actually gotten married on Richards' birthday, which I guess was a lucky day for the two of them.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman.

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DeVito and Perlman's relationship is a rather unconventional one. Though they did separate in 2017, the two remain married, and are even still friends.

Forty years of being in each other's lives will do that, I suppose.

Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington.

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Pauletta, 71, and Denzel, 67, got married in 1983. That means this year will mark their 39th wedding anniversary.

And apparently, Denzel had to propose 3 separate times before Pauletta finally agreed to marry him.

Goldie Hawn And Kurt Russell

Interestingly enough, while Hawn, 76 and Russell, 71 have been together for 39 years, they aren't actually married. Vogue reports that this could be the secret to their decades-long union.

"If you have independence, if you have enough money and sense of independence and you like your independence..."

"...there’s something psychological about not being married because it gives you the freedom to make decisions one way or the other," Hawn said in a 2016 interview.