Celebrities seem to have it all. But, is fame and fortune enough? For many, lasting love seems to elude them? Some, however, have managed to keep that love light burning. Let’s look at five such couples.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Although his first marriage to college sweetheart Samantha Lewes failed, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson appear to have struck relationship gold. Cupid’s arrow found its target while they worked together on the set of Volunteers. Tom reveals, “Rita and I just looked at each other and – kaboing – that was that.” They married in 1988. Tom shares of his wife, “I got lucky, she could have done better.” Rita reveals what she believes to be the secret of their long-term relationship, “We support each other in so many different ways, and want to be married to each other.” Tom sums up their relationship, “… we have a bond that goes beyond words…”
Denzel and Pauletta Washington
Denzel and Pauletta also met on a movie set, Wilma, in 1977. It wasn’t until several years later and three marriage proposals, however, that they finally tied the knot. Since their marriage in 1983, Denzel has often expressed great appreciation for his wife. At one point when talking about Pauletta, he said that he had gotten lucky and married up! The two actors have had their ups and downs; however, both understand that a successful relationship requires work. Denzel shares, “I just think you have to work at it. Not give up on each other. It’s a commitment.” That and being able to laugh together. Denzel and Pauletta love to tease each other. Their humor and commitment to each other have kept their marriage strong.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Although you won’t see them in the movies, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are truly a celebrity couple. News of the college sweethearts spread in 2004. Although they had a brief breakup in 2007, they announced their engagement in 2010. Prince William shared, “We just spent more time with each other, had a good giggle, had lots of fun, and realized we share the same interests.” In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot. Today, the love they share for each other and their three children is evident for all to see. On that subject, Prince William has this to say, “It is fantastic having a lovely little family, and I am so thrilled. Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother, and I’m very proud of her.”
Matt and Luciana Damon
Matt Damon and his Argentine wife met in a bar where Luciana worked as a bartender. She shared in a Vogue interview, “He had started getting recognized … it got kind of aggressive because people are drinking and stuff. So, he came and hid behind my bar.” Rather than allowing him to just hang out there, she put him to work. Realizing they shared a magical vibe, their relationship grew. They were married in 2005. Matt credits his wife with keeping their life private life, private and out of the line of the paparazzi. Luciana shares about their life and love, “We both feel really lucky to have met each other, so we don’t take that for granted. It’s life and marriage. Overall, it’s easy, and it’s fun.”
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
Three years after his first wife, Cassandra Harris, passed away from cancer, Pierce Brosnan met journalist Keely Smith. Since that time, the man famous for playing the notorious ladies’ man, James Bond, is a one-woman man. After their initial meeting, Keely found him handsome and captivating. “Tall, dark and handsome,” she said. “Everything that everybody would immediately be attracted to. He had this mischievous sparkle in his eyes. I thought, ‘Wow! Wow!’” Love blossomed almost instantaneously for both of them. At her father’s wedding, Pierce’s late daughter with his first wife, shared, “Just seeing the ultimate love that these two people have for each other is unbelievable.” Pierce shared this about Keely, “I love her vitality, her passion. When Keely looks at me, I go weak at the knees.” What woman wouldn’t want to hear that?