True love is hard to find in Hollywood, but maintaining a strong relationship is a whole other story. That isn’t the case for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, however. The Hollywood lovebirds are just one example of the longest celebrity marriages, and it appears their enviable romance is just as magical now as it was back in the day.
For Tom, there’s no question whether or not he’ll spend forever with the Sleepless in Seattle alum. “I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother. I can’t imagine my life without her,” he gushed at the Golden Globes in January 2020, noting he still tries to make Rita feel special after more than 30 years together.
“I often leave notes for her near the phone or somewhere in the kitchen. I wish her a good day and stuff like that. I type notes for her using the antique typewriters that I collect,” the Captain Phillips actor explained. “And also, I have a habit of sending a photo report of my day to Rita. I take pictures of everything around me when she is not with me: what I eat for lunch, who I meet, what I shoot. I think she likes it.”
There are plenty of other longtime pairs in showbiz like Tom and Rita, including Meryl Streep and Don Gummer; Lisa Kudrow and Michel Stern; and Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan. Goldie Hawn and her decades-long love, Kurt Russell, also fit into this category considering they’ve been together since 1983.
However, Goldie and Kurt have never had any interest in making their love official. The Overboard alums, who were both previously married before connecting in the 1980s, explained why they have yet to exchange vows despite building a life and a family together over the years.
“Marriage didn’t work for either one of us,” Goldie explained during an appearance on Today in November 2020. “I’m not saying that it wouldn’t work again, but I didn’t think that we really needed to get married. I mean, what marriage ended up being, in many ways, is big business.”
The Snatched actress added, “For people like us, the marriage certificate wasn’t going to create anything that otherwise we wouldn’t have.”
For more of Hollywood’s longest marriages, keep scrolling below to see photos of your favorite duos then and now!
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