Hollywood can be an incredibly tough place for any relationship to thrive. First of all, relationships are complicated in any scenario, even between two regular people. When you add a celebrity status into the mix, it gets even worse. Tabloids start speculating about celebrities’ relationships from the moment they go on their very first date. Celebrities have to be really strategic about finding secret ways to spend time together unless they want every date documented by the paparazzi. It’s no wonder that so many relationships end and marriage don’t last.
Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule. While there are plenty of celebrities who just can’t seem to make a relationship last, there are others who have managed to nurture a strong bond, even in crazy Hollywood. Year after year, they’ve remained with their partner — and they still seem as crazy in love as when they first started dating.
It just goes to show that, even somewhere like Hollywood, true love really does conquer all. Obviously, these celebrities have been captured by the paparazzi a time or two. They’ve walked the red carpet together and been asked prying questions about their relationship and the state of it. Through it all, though, they simply leaned on one another and managed to get through it and keep their relationship strong.
Now, it seems like the couples on this list are pretty much untouchable. They’ve been together for so long we really can’t imagine them separately — or with anyone else.
Here are 15 Hollywood couples who have been together for what seems like forever.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson met the same way countless celebrity couples meet — on set. They were both on the set of Bosom Buddies when they ran into each other, and ended up deciding to go on a date not long after that. In 1988, they made the relationship official and began stepping out on red carpets together.
Eventually, they ended up getting engaged and then married. The two have been together ever since, which means they’ve officially been together for just over 30 years now. That’s incredible!
They keep most of their relationship private, but they’re definitely not afraid to walk the red carpet together. They’ve certainly built something that lasts.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker is known for her role as single girl Carrie Bradshaw on her hit show Sex and the City. Bradshaw was constantly going on first dates with new guys and starting relationships that just didn’t last. Parker’s experience in real life was a whole lot different.
In her younger years, yes, she dated quite a few famous men, including John F. Kennedy Jr. and Robert Downey Jr. However, when she met fellow actor Matthew Broderick, the rest was history. The two met in 1991, began dating, and eventually married in 1997. They’ve been together ever since, and recently celebrated over 20 years of marriage together.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Many celebrities who are together for a long time end up getting married eventually. After all, they know they’re committed to one another — why not celebrate by becoming officially husband and wife?
Well, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have a bit of a different take on the whole marriage thing. They’ve simply never seen a need to take that step to become man and wife when they know they’re committed to each other anyway. And, they’ve got a point — the two started dating way back in 1983. That means they’ve been together for over 35 years now. That’s insane!
Even if they never walk down the aisle, we have a feeling these two will be together forever.
Denzel And Pauletta Washington
Okay, when you hear Denzel and Pauletta Washington’s story, you’ll appreciate the level of confidence she brings to the relationship. Back when they started dating in 1977, Denzel wasn’t quite the huge star he was now. They were both just actors trying to make it happen in the entertainment industry.
You might think that Pauletta jumped at the chance to become Mrs. Denzel Washington, but that’s not how it played out. Apparently, Denzel had to propose quite a few times over the years before she finally agreed to marry him in 1983. The two became man and wife, Pauletta took Denzel’s last name, and they became one of Hollywood’s power couples.
If you count from when they started dating, they’ve been together for over 40 years now!
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Given what a huge movie star she is, you would assume that the tabloids would constantly be speculating about Meryl Streep. However, throughout her career, not much has ever been said about her romantic relationships. And no, it’s not because she’s such a legend that the tabloids gave her the courtesy of privacy. It’s simply because she’s been happily married to the same man since 1978.
Streep met Don Gummer back in 1978. Gummer was an artist and really had nothing to do with the entertainment industry — which was perfect for Streep. The two fell in love, got married the same year they met, and have been happily married for over 40 years now.
We have to imagine it must be really nice to have a partner who isn’t in your crazy industry. They’ve both incredibly creative and understand one another’s occupations, but aren’t mixed up in the same crazy world. Obviously, it works for them!
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman has been a staple in Hollywood for decades now. We can’t imagine a year passing without seeing a new film from the Aussie legend! He’s proven his range as an actor year after year, taking on everything from action roles in huge Marvel franchises to musical roles where he shows his more sensitive side. Through his crazy career, one thing has remained consistent — his marriage.
Jackman met fellow Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness on the set of an Aussie TV show called Correlli. Jackman was still an aspiring actor trying to make a career for himself, and the two hit it off. They ended up getting married in Australia in 1996, and have been in wedded bliss ever since.
Jackman’s life looks a lot different than when they first got married, but their love has remained strong.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has certainly gone on a crazy ride in Hollywood. She got her start in the improv world, performing with a comedy troupe called The Practical Theatre in Chicago. The founder of that particular troupe? A cute young comedy star called Brad Hall.
Louis-Dreyfus and Hall actually met when they were both attending Northwestern University together. They spent a fair bit of time performing in the comedy troupe, then ended up snagging spots on Saturday Night Live. Talk about comedy royalty! After being together for a few years, they finally took the plunge and got married in 1987.
The two have been together ever since, through plenty of ups and downs. They always have a sense of humor about life and seem crazy in love.
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon
Okay, the love story between Viola Davis and Julius Tennon is straight up adorable. Davis had been trying to make a career in the entertainment industry happen for quite a while. She got steady work but didn’t quite get her big break. And amidst it all, she wanted something besides career success — true love.
Davis allegedly prayed that the right man would come into her life, and not long after that, met Julius Tennon. The two started dating in the early 2000s and ended up tying the knot in 2003.
Over the past decade, Davis’ career has absolutely skyrocketed. She’s snagged high profile roles and impressed critics and audiences alike. And by her side through it all, supporting her at every red carpet event, is her hubby, Julius Tennon.
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
Over the years, Tina Fey has played plenty of characters who are almost tragically single. I mean, who could forget Liz Lemon’s crazy life? Her career has gotten bigger year after year, and she’s constantly busy. After all, she’s not just an actress. She’s also a writer and producer and wears many hats in the entertainment industry.
There’s one thing she doesn’t have to worry about — though many of her characters still do. Finding true love! She met her husband Jeff Richmond way back in 1994, and the two ended up dating for years and years before eventually tying the knot in 2001.
They’ve been together ever since, and have two adorable children together. And, they’re kind of the dream team — they’ve worked together on quite a few projects over the years.
Joel McHale and Sarah McHale
Joel McHale has had a lot of projects under his belt over the years. He is known for two major roles that are totally different. The first is as Jeff Winger on the sitcom, Community. The second is as himself, as the host of The Soup.
He’s been in the industry since around 1996, and interestingly, that’s the same year he married his wife, Sarah McHale.
Now, even though McHale is a gregarious guy who isn’t afraid to share a funny story, he keeps his marriage pretty private. Sure, he brings Sarah along to a ton of red carpet events — but other than that, he just lets her live her own life. Obviously, it’s working for them!
David and Victoria Beckham
The world may be obsessed with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now, but for quite a few years, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham were Britain’s unofficial royal couple. After all, just think of where they were at when they started dating!
David was arguably one of the biggest soccer stars in the world, and Victoria was part of a huge girl group that had an international fanbase. The two met at a soccer game, started dating in 1997, and ended up tying the knot in 1999.
They’ve been together ever since, and their marriage has stayed strong despite major changes in their careers. Victoria left the music world and instead is now at the head of a fashion empire. And David hung up his cleats and is pursuing other opportunities as well. They’ve got their hands full with their four kids and busy schedules, but always find time for one another.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have shared a lot of Hollywood experiences. After all, they had pretty similar paths to stardom. Both got started in the industry when they were fairly young and built their fan base with teen movies and television shows. While their paths probably crossed quite a few times over the years, it was in 2000 when sparks flew and they began dating.
They were engaged within a year, and in 2002, they walked down the aisle and became man and wife. The duo has been together ever since, although their lives look a lot different now.
While there’s always a chance that they’ll get back into acting, at the moment, they’re both working on new ventures in the culinary and business worlds.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick met on the set of Lemon Sky, a movie they were both working on. Sparks obviously flew, and the year that the movie was released was the same year they decided to get married. The two tied the knot in 1988 and have been going strong ever since.
They both keep fairly low profiles, which means that many people often don’t even know they’re married, let alone that they’ve been married for over 30 years now. We’re not sure what their relationship secrets are, but obviously whatever they’re doing is working for them. They’re adorable on the red carpet together and truly seem to care for one another.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
One thing we have to say about Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy is that they just seem like they’re always having fun. Whether they’re sharing a selfie or walking down a formal red carpet, they seem to have a blast with one another — and that’s exactly what you want in a marriage!
The two met while they were working with the Atlantic Theatre Company, honing their craft. They ended up tying the knot in 1997 and have been together ever since.
While they keep most aspects of their relationship private, they’re definitely fearless when it comes to a little red carpet PDA. Hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?
Steve and Nancy Carell
Steve Carell is best known for playing the lovable goofball Michael Scott on The Office. While Michael didn’t exactly have a ton of luck with romantic relationships, Carell’s own love life is a lot different. He’s been with his wife for well over 20 years now!
His wife, Nancy, is an actress as well, and the two actually met when she took his improv comedy class at The Second City in Chicago. They hit it off, began dating, and eventually got married in 1995.
Carell’s career has definitely heated up over the years, but they’ve been by each other’s sides through it all. We love seeing them on the red carpet together — they’re obviously still crazy for one another!