Successful celebrity marriages seem far and few between with all the fall outs we've seen in the tabloids and press, but there are several that are long lasting as well. Stars who stay together is more common than you think. It's not all about cheating, betrayals, and abandonment.
What famous couples have been married a long time? We've broken down several here. See what some of their secrets are staying together.
Successful, Long-Term Celebrity Marriages
Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, have been married 56 years. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 23, 2004.
Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel married in 1977 and the pair have been together for 33 years. Somers claims the secret to their marriage is "great sex."
74-year-old Alan Alda has been married 52 years to his wife, Arlene. The pair have had a successful marriage in the Hollywood spotlight and manage to still be madly in love.
Meryl Streep has been married 30 years to her husband, Don Gummer and says the secret to their marriage is "communication."
Comedy actor, Danny DeVito and actress, Rhea Pearlman have been together 27 years. They met while filming Taxi. Rhea Pearlman doesn't believe in analyzing what makes the celebrity marriage successful. She hinted that "love" is the key.
Actor, Larry Hagman and his wife, Maj, have been together since 1954.
Comedian and former Oscar host, Billy Crystal and wife, Janice, are another example of a successful celebrity marriage. He and Janice have been together 31 years. Crystal says it's "more romantic to be together and stay together" when he commented on doing a movie about a long-term marriage.
71-year-old Beatle, Ringo Starr has been with his wife, Barbara Bach, for 29 years. He claims the marriage is successful because Barbara "puts up" with him.
Two-time Oscar winning actor, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been together for 22 years. Tom Hanks said the key to their long lasting marriage is "marrying the right woman."
Actor-turned-director, Ron Howard married his wife Cheryl, in 1975. Both were 21-years-old and met in high school.
Another successful celebrity marriage is that of comedian, Bill Cosby and Camille Cosby. The two have been married since 1964 and met while Bill Cosby was doing stand-up in Washington, D.C. in the early 60's.
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan have been married well over 20 years. The couple met while filming "Family Ties." What's their motto to a successful marriage? "Keep the fights clean and the sex dirty."
Phil Donahue and actress, Marlo Thomas, have been married since 1980, a great symbol of long-term marriages in the celebrity world.
It's refreshing to read a list of successful marriages among celebrities during a time so many vows are broken after being married a short few years -- or less. The secret most stars hold in keeping their union strong is communication, respect, and of course, great sex. Those elements have been proven formulas!
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- Phil Donahue
- Alan Hamel
- Alan Alda
- Kirk Douglas
- Suzanne Somers
- Larry Hagman
- Ringo Starr