Behind every great film is an even greater director. And behind legendary filmmaker Ron Howard, there’s his wife, Cheryl Howard, by his side through it all.

In 1975, the Oscar winner tied the knot with his love, and ever since then, the couple has kept their incredible bond strong. Throughout their marriage, the pair became the proud parents of their four children: Bryce, twin daughters Jocelyn and Paige, and their youngest son, Reed.

Even though Ron and Cheryl are as happy as can be, maintaining a solid marriage over 45 years doesn’t just happen. The Andy Griffith Show alum once shared the secret behind their long-term romance.

“People say, ‘How’d you do it?’ There’s no technique. There’s no tactic other than communication is really important,” Ron dished to People in June 2019. “You have to learn to communicate and have difficult conversations in constructive ways.”

It doesn’t hurt that Cheryl has been her hubby’s rock from the very first moment they met. “[Cheryl] has made so many good things possible, and so many difficult things manageable. I’m forever grateful,” the Arrested Development star once marveled on Instagram. “She’s unbelievably supportive and always has been. Our compatibility has endured through all kinds of experiences.”

Scroll below to learn more about Ron’s wife!

Who Is She?

Cheryl was born on December 23, 1953, to parents Charles Alley and Vivian Schmidt.

What Does She Do?

Cheryl may not be a Hollywood icon like her husband, but she is a writer. In fact, she’s authored books titled In the Face of JinnGrandma, Tell Me a Story and Heart and Desire.

“As a child, I was consumed with adventure stories, fairy tales and real-life accounts of people who had traveled around the globe,” Cheryl explained on her website’s bio. “I didn’t start writing until the age of 22 and English was never my strong point, but I do, dearly, love a good yarn. Especially, if afterwards, I’m just a little more aware of the world around me.”

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Does She Act?

Since her man is all about movies, it should come as no surprise that Cheryl has appeared in some of his films, including, Angels and DemonsRansom, Splash and many more.

Was She Ever Married Before Ron?

Of course, the answer is no. Cheryl married Ron, her “high school sweetheart,” at the age of 21 and the rest is history!

Cheryl is a Loving Mom

As a mom of four, Cheryl is about her kids. The couple welcomed their eldest daughter, Bryce, on March 2, 1981, followed by the arrival of their twin daughters, Jocelyn and Paige, on February 5, 1985. Ron and Cheryl later welcomed their son, Reed, on April 12, 1987. Now that her kiddos are all grown up, the A Beautiful Mind actress adores being a grandmother of five.

Cheryl is quite the partner in crime for Ron!