Hollywood Relationships That Actually Lasted
It seems like we're always hearing about a new high-profile celebrity breakup, but that doesn’t mean love is dead. You can still find famous couples that will make you believe in true love: Some relationships in Hollywood have even lasted for decades! Finding true love, however, isn’t always easy, even for the A-listers. One couple had to rebuild their relationship after hitting rock bottom, while another pair went on a very awkward first date.
From hilarious first impressions to secrets on how to maintain a successful relationship — in Hollywood, at least, read on to see the most beloved Hollywood couples who have made their relationships last.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know about at least a few of Tom Hanks or Rita Wilson’s acting credits. Hanks is best known for starring in Hollywood hits including “Splash,” “Forrest Gump” and “Toy Story.” His wife, Wilson, is recognized for her roles in “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Jingle All the Way” and “Runaway Bride.”
Nonstop Love and Shoutouts
On April 30, 1988, the two lovebirds tied the knot. Throughout their marriage, they’ve been by each other’s side, making each other laugh, producing movies together and supporting each other at award ceremonies. Hanks often credits his wife for his successes. In 1995, Hanks won an Oscar for his outstanding performance in “Forrest Gump.” During his speech, Hanks thanked his wife for helping him win the award by teaching him what love is everyday.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Do you remember Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City?” How about infamous high schooler Ferris from “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” portrayed by Matthew Broderick? Parker and Broderick are huge stars of the screen and stage in their own right, but are only made stronger by their relationship.
Parker and Broderick Balancing Marriage, Children and Work
Parker and Broderick became parents in 2002 when they welcomed their son, James Wilkie, into the world. In 2009, twin girls, Marion and Tabitha, became the newest additions to the family via surrogate. Shortly after the twins were born, Broderick joked to Parade Magazine that his parenting style involves improvising as he goes.
Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo
Amy Adams and her husband, Darren Le Gallo, delayed their wedding for seven years because Adams wanted to focus on her career, leading to the two lovebirds finally getting hitched in 2015. At the beginning of Adams’s career, she mostly took on small roles, but now Adams is a leading lady in most of the films that she joins.
Adams and Le Gallo Were Friends First
Gallo met in an acting class when their careers were just starting out. Both had some acting experience under their belts, mostly small roles in movies and TV shows. Le Gallo’s first role was playing a teenage boy in “Six Feet Under.”
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
When Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi met for the first time in 2000, De Rossi says it was love at first sight. However, De Rossi hadn’t yet come out, so she didn’t express her feelings to DeGeneres. De Rossi, a model and actress, struggled with her sexuality for years. In 2005, De Rossi opened up publicly about her sexuality and her romantic relationship with DeGeneres.
De Rossi Gave DeGeneres the Best Birthday Gift Ever
For DeGeneres’s 60th birthday, De Rossi surprised her with a special gift. DeGeneres’s hero is environmentalist Dian Fossey, so De Rossi gave DeGeneres her own wildlife project for her 60th birthday. The project, called The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, supports wildlife conservation organizations.
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
Jessica Seinfeld was already married when she started dating Jerry Seinfeld in 1998. In fact, she was actually a newlywed who just got back from her honeymoon when the two first met. Jessica Seinfeld divorced her ex-husband Eric Nederlander shortly after falling in love with Jerry Seinfeld.
The Seinfelds Help Struggling Families
The Seinfelds said their “I do’s” in 1999 and welcomed their first child, Sascha, in 2001. Shortly after the birth of their first child, Jessica Seinfeld launched Baby Buggy to provide resources to children and families in poverty. Baby Buggy, now known as GOOD+ Foundation, has donated nearly $42 million in children’s items to more than 125 antipoverty programs.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together since 1983. However, their relationship is different from other long-lasting Hollywood couples because they aren’t married. For more than 30 years, Hawn and Russell have never felt the need to walk down the aisle.
The Police Interrupted Their First Date
Russell and Hawn went on their first date in 1983, when they were cast in the movie “Swing Shift.” To prepare for a dance scene, the pair decided to practice after work at the Playboy Club. Russell and Hawn danced the night away to swing music and instantly felt a connection.
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller
Another Hollywood A-list couple is Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller, a pair that’s been inseparable since 2004. Rogen has stood by Miller’s side even through the toughest times. When Miller’s mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she has said that she felt lucky having Rogen’s support.
Their “Official” First Date Involved a Car Crash
Miller and Rogen went on an “unofficial” date the first time they crossed paths in 2004. After the couple met at a birthday party, they continued the night by eating grilled cheese sandwiches at four in the morning. Miller and Rogen also played the game Spanish Scrabble until sunrise.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
These two lovebirds met in 1995 on the set of the Australian drama “Corelli.” When Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness performed a scene together, they had unbelievable chemistry. A short four months later, Jackman proposed to Furness.
Jackman and Furness Broke Up?
Believe it or not, Jackman and Furness broke up while they were dating. At the beginning of their relationship, Jackman wanted to get serious. However, Furness didn’t feel the same way. She pushed back and broke up with Jackman after just three weeks of dating.
Tina Turner and Erwin Bach
Tina Turner married her other half, Erwin Bach, after dating for a whopping 27 years. According to the Daily Mail, Turner met Bach, a German record executive, at Heathrow Airport. The couple first set eyes on each other in 1985 and wed in 2013.
Turner’s Husband Saved Her Life
Turner was diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016. Shortly after, her kidneys failed when she tried to treat the cancer with homeopathic medicine. Turner needed a new kidney and Bach quickly offered to donate his own kidney to save her.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
How did Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith fall in love? In 1994, Will Smith met Pinkett Smith for the first time at her audition for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air.” However, the Smiths didn’t realize their attraction to each other until the two connected again on the college-themed TV series, “A Different World.” At the time, Smith was already married to Sheree Zampino.
The Smiths Had to Rebuild Their Marriage
Relationships can be tough, just ask the Smiths. On “Red Table Talk,” the couple revealed that their marriage hasn’t been without its ups and downs. After almost 21 years of marriage, the Smiths reached a point in their relationship that seemed like rock bottom.
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon
Behind many successful women is a supportive partner. In Viola Davis’s life, her husband Julius Tennon is that supportive soul. The public often spots Davis, the “How To Get Away With Murder” star, with Tennon by her side on the red carpet.
Davis Prayed For a Husband
While Davis was still single, she prayed to God for a husband. Davis was lonely in Los Angeles, so she complained to her friend about wanting a companion. Her friend gave Davis a simple suggestion: pray. Davis told The New York Post, “I said I wanted a big black man from the South who looked like a football player.”
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
Another iconic Hollywood couple is Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance. Bassett calls her husband supportive and passionate. After the two got married in 1997, they welcomed twins Bronwyn and Slater in 2006. With a crazy work schedule and kids, how do Bassett and Vance maintain a strong marriage?
Bassett Says It Was NOT Love at First Sight
You’ve probably heard many couples say that it was love at first sight. In this case, it was not. Vance and Bassett met in drama school in 1980. When Vance came to drama school, he already had a girlfriend who also attended the school. According to Bustle, Vance and Bassett remained friends for a long time.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
This couple first met on the set of the 1997 movie, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” but didn’t start dating until 2000. It didn’t take long for Prinze to put a ring on Gellar’s finger. In 2002, the pair got hitched in Mexico.
Gellar and Prinze Share Heart-melting Social Media Posts
The couple shares many sweet photos of each other on their social media accounts. The pair uses social media to express their love, including heartfelt posts on each other’s birthdays.The two also celebrated when Gellar reached two million followers on Instagram. The Instagram post showed Prinze playfully shoving a cake into Gellar’s face.
Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade
In 2009, actor Gabrielle Union and basketball star Dwayne Wade began dating. However, Wade and Union didn’t make a public appearance as a couple until 2010 at the Summer Groove Charity Event. The public no longer had to guess if Wade and Union were dating whenever the two were spotted together.
Union Said “It Can’t be Worse if I Date a Fetus”
It also wasn’t love at first sight for Union and Wade. In fact, when they first crossed paths in 2006, the two were paid to co-host a Super Bowl party. In 2006, Wade was married to Siohvaughn Funches. That same year, Wade and Funches divorced.
Snoop Dogg and Shante Broadus
Rapper Snoop Dogg and producer Shante Broadus were high school sweethearts before tying the knot in 1997. The couple temporarily split in 2004 and filed for divorce. Snoop Dogg has since confessed he took his wife for granted. While his fame grew, Snoop Dogg paid more attention to the Hollywood scene, parties and other women than to Broadus.
Featured in a Reality Show
Snoop Dogg starred in his own reality show, “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood,” from 2007 to 2009. The show also featured his wife and his children. Fans got a closer look at Snoop Dogg’s life as a husband, father and artist. In one episode, the Ducks hockey players gave the couple’s kids hockey lessons.