It’s all about love in marriage. When people spend decades with each other, however, it’s always interesting to see if they have a secret to a happy family life. Despite the fact that the heroes of our story had difficult paths to follow, their ability to find compromises, appreciation for one another, and pure love led them to a happy life together.
1. Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean
Despite Dolly Parton’s image’s brilliance and vividness, her husband, Carl Thomas Dean, whom she married in 1966, prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
Such a large disparity in lifestyles may appear to cause miscommunication between the couple. Parton, on the other hand, believes that it is what makes them happy. “It’s true what they say about opposites attracting,” she said. “We’re diametrically opposed, but that’s part of the fun.” I never know what he’ll say or do next. He never ceases to amaze me.”
2. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s fairy-tale romance began five years before Elizabeth’s accession to the throne when she was still a teenager.
Their friendship was not always easy. Philip had to give up his naval career as well as his Greek and Danish royal titles in order to join the royal family. The Queen, on the other hand, was grateful to the man she fell in love with as a teen girl throughout their marriage. “He isn’t easily pleased with compliments, but he has simply been my strength and stayed all these years,” the Queen said in 1997, commemorating their 50th wedding anniversary.
3. Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard
When a relationship lasts for a long time, even the couple doubts that it will work out.
Ron Howard, an American director, and actor met his future wife, Cheryl Alley, on their first date when they were both 16 years old. Since then, they’ve been together and married in 1975. “When we met, I felt really lucky,” Howard said. “It’s crazy — we were teenagers at the time; it shouldn’t have worked.” We married when we were young, which shouldn’t have worked either, but it has.”
4. Michael Caine and Shakira Caine
There’s only one explanation for why Michael Caine and his wife Shakira’s romance has lasted this long: it was love at first sight.
Michael thought Shakira was “the most beautiful [woman] he had ever seen” when he saw her in a commercial in 1971. He was instantly smitten by her and was ready to fly to wherever she was to meet her. It turned out that they both lived in London and that they had a mutual friend who introduced them. Since then, they’ve been together.
Whose story did you find the most interesting? How long have you and your partner been together?
5. Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens
Kirk Douglas, who played Spartacus in the classic film, and his wife and producer, Anne Douglas, met on the set of the film Act of Love in 1953. Both of them were dating different people at the time, but the following year they reunited. Kirk joked in 2017 that Anne was “the most difficult woman I ever met” because she refused to date him despite the fact that he was a “big movie star.”
However, if he stopped taking himself so seriously, he might be able to win her over. Anne explained, “That’s what got me.” “It was demonstrating to me that he could do things that were not expected of him.” Kirk, on the other hand, admitted that he would be “lost” without her. Kirk and Anne had been married for 65 years when Kirk passed away at the age of 103.
6. Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Long before Samuel L. Jackson starred in the iconic Pulp Fiction and became Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he met his wife, LaTanya Richardson, in college. Since then, the couple has been together. They made a promise to each other at the start of their relationship to stay together no matter what.
They married a few years later, and this year marks the 42nd anniversary of their union. “Thank you for keeping me alert and on my toes for 18,250 days. You have a way of making my heart sing. “Don’t change the tune; we haven’t finished dancing,” the actor wrote.
7. Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville
Alma Reville, the love of Alfred Hitchcock’s life and the producer of such classic films as Psycho and The Birds, was more than a wife to him. She was Hitchcock’s most important collaborator. They married in 1926 and were married for 53 years. Alma “consulted him on everything during the production, from rewriting scripts to casting to editing the film” during this time.
8. Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels
William Daniels, who starred in the television series Boy Meets World, has been married to Bonnie Bartlett, a two-time Emmy Award winner, since 1951.
Daniels spoke out in 2017 about why their relationship has been so strong for more than half a century. “I think she’s a fantastic actress who’s won two Emmys,” he said. “And because I’m an actor, she can look at my work and say, ‘Bill, you know, I don’t think you’re doing what you want to do there,’ and she’s completely correct. So we help and respect each other, and I believe those are the ingredients for a successful relationship.”
9. Christopher Walken and Georgianne Walken
Christopher Walken, the Hollywood legend, has a successful career. He has appeared in over 100 films and television shows has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his role in The Deer Hunter, and continues to work today. But it’s not just his career that he should be proud of; it’s also his marriage.
Georgianne Walken, Walken’s wife, and he have been married since 1963. They don’t have children because they’d rather concentrate on their careers, each other, and personal growth. Their kitty, Bowtie, is the only thing they have in common.
10. Bob Newhart and Ginny Newhart
Bob Newhart, a comedian and TV show host, has had such a long career that he was honored with his first Emmy Award in 2013 when he was 84 years old. Ginnie, his wife, has been by his side throughout his life for nearly 60 years. “I don’t know if it’s our generation — divorce was just not in our vocabulary,” Ginnie said when asked why their marriage is so strong.
“Like everyone else, we had fights, and some of them were pretty good. But I could never be happy without him, and he could never be happy without me. I’d say, ‘I’m miserable,’ and he’d say, ‘I’m miserable.’ When we both calmed down, we’d say, ‘I’m miserable.’ “OK, let’s call it a day,” she said.