Marriage Secrets From Hollywood Couples. Seriously.

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

When it comes to Hollywood marriages, we tend to think of the bad break-ups and the ugly divorces. In 2010 alone, dozens of Hollywood couples separated and/or divorced. To name a few: Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, and Eva Longoria and Tony Parker.

However, there are long-lasting marriages in Hollywood too. When director Blake Edwards passed away a few weeks ago, his wife of 41 years, Julie Andrews, was by his side. A perfect example of a Hollywood couple who were not only able to work together but were also able to make their marriage work.

And what about other Hollywood relationships that have held on, like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw who have been married for over 14 years?

What makes these marriages successful? Are there really any marital secrets we can learn from these Hollywood couples?


A few other couples who have been married a long time, at least by Hollywood standards:

  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith: 13 years
  • Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker: 13 years
  • Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: 22 years
  • John Travolta and Kelly Preston: 19 years

So, it is possible. So what do all of these couples have in common that enables their marriages to stay out of the tabloids and intact?

Well, here are a few things they seem to have in common:

  • All of the couples make family a priority.
  • Interestingly, the men in each couple are older than their wives. Kevin Bacon is Kyra Sedgwick's elder by 7 years. John Travolta is 8 years older than Kelly Preston.
  • In each marriage, both husband and wife are actively pursuing their personal goals.
  • They all seem to keep their private lives (for the most part), and their families, out of the media.

Maybe some of the younger Hollywood couples should take a closer look at what has made these marriages last. Maybe we all should.

Are there other reasons that these couples are having marital success?


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