The 10 Most Iconic Real-Life Love Stories
Ten Hollywood marriages with love more epic than what is on the silver screen.
They say in Hollywood, marriages are measured in dog years. You know the story—the glamorous courtship, million-dollar ring, over-the-top wedding extravaganza—and then bam! The tabloid headlines reveal your favorite couple headed to Splitsville. And yet! There are still some Hollywood couples that stand the test of time. We rounded up our favorite famous unions with iconic love stories we can't get enough of.
Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell
The two actors first met in 1968 on the set of The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, but things wouldn't turn romantic for another whopping sixteen years (and multiple marriages and children later). Goldie and Kurt fell in love in 1983 while filming Swing Shift. Thirty-three years later, the couple still hasn't married and doesn't plan to. "A lasting relationship isn't about marriage. It's about compatibility and communication. And you both need to want it to work," Hawn said in an interview with Porter
magazine in June.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Now this is a couple we believe in. Tom and Rita fell in love on the set of the movie Volunteers in 1985. The dynamic dup are together more than 25 years and have two grown sons. They've also continued to mix love and work such as when they co-produced the cult hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
Okay, Kevin and Kyra might just win the award for Being The Cutest Couple In Hollywood, Ever. Kevin revealed on the The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson that he's known Kyra since she was 12! Kyra approached Kevin, seven years her senior, after she saw him in a play in the '70s. Fate brought them back together years later on the set of Lemon Sky, and they fell in love. And then there was this Instagram Kevin shared on their 27th anniversary, where the actor gushed over his wife. "Did I mention it's 1,404 weeks since we tied the knot@kyrasedgwick kikkosedg #LikeFineWine." Too cute!
Natalie Wood & Robert Wagner
In the 1950s, Natalie had a huge crush on Robert, but never let on until her 18th birthday, when the two went on a date. Things took a turn for the romantic and they were married. Five years later the couple divorced, but their love was too great to deny. Natalie and Robert got back together and tied the knot one more time—this time forever—in 1972.
Iman & David Bowie
The rock star and supermodel met at a dinner party in 1990, and it was love at first sight—for David! Iman did not want to date a musician, but after he spent weeks wooing her, even tying her shoelaces on a busy street, she knew he was the one. The famously private couple stayed married more than 23 years, until the late musician's passing.
Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner
Lily and Jane were friends, comedic collaborators, and finally lovers. The two were together for 42 years before finally making it official during a New Year's Eve wedding ceremony in 2014.
Diane Von Furstenburg and Barry Diller
When fashion icon and business mega-mogul DVF married for the second time at 54 years old, she made sure it was to longtime love Barry Diller. "What's extraordinary about him is that he loves me so unbelievably unconditionally," Von Furstenburg told Harpaar's Bazaar
. After what has become known as a storied romance with decades of devotion, the two married in a simple City Hall ceremony on Diller's birthday.
Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan
A true Miami love story! Singer Gloria Estefan married fellow musician, Emilio, in 1976, the man she once referred to as her one and only boyfriend. Forty years, numerous records, and thousands of concerts later, the two are still together and living on Miami's stunning Star Island.
Kathy Lee Gifford & Frank Gifford
Talk about a television romance! Kathy Lee and the late football legend, Frank Gifford, met on the news program Good Morning America in the '80s. Frank, 23 years her senior to the day—they share the same birthday—even tried to set Kathy Lee up with his best friend! But as fate would have it, the two would marry each other instead in 1986. And like all good things, slow and steady won the race. "We didn't fall in love. We really grew in love," Kathy Lee said in an interview.
Elton John & David Furnish
Showbiz power couple Elton John and David Furnish met in 1993 and as the story goes, "fell in love instantly and quickly." The two are famously in love, even sending one another love notes every Saturday, as John told Parade magazine in 2010. In 2014, the couple tied the knot in front of many celebrity guests and their two twin boys, Zachary and Elijah, in Windsor, England.