The Most Iconic Celebrity Marriages in Hollywood History
Marriage can be tough for anyone. However, when you’re a celebrity, and you live your life in the spotlight; fame, and access can make it even more trying. Still, stars have not let their lifestyles deter them from finding love and romance. While some of these Hollywood marriages have withstood the test of time, others have shined bright for a period before fading into the distance.
However, whether they have stayed together or not, some of the most iconic marriages in Hollywood history have made us all believe that true love is very possible.
1. Elvis and Priscilla Presley
- Married: 1967
- Divorced: 1973
We’re not going to lie, Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s relationship started off fairly creepily. The rock’n roll superstar met his future wife when she was just 14, and he was 24. However, there was apparently something magical there. The pair courted for eight years before eventually tying the knot in 1967.
Nine months after they married the couple welcomed their first and only child, Lisa Marie. Though they seemed glamorous and stunning, the Presleys didn’t share many interests and eventually, found themselves falling into the arms of other people. They divorced in 1973 but remained close until Elvis’ death in 1977.
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2. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III
- Married: 1967
Before there was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, actress Grace Kelly was the first American starlet to steal a prince’s heart. In 1955, Kelly headed to Cannes Film Festival where she crossed paths with Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The meeting led to a year-long courtship, and the two were eventually married in 1956 in what is still known as the “wedding of the century.”
Like Markle, Kelly had to leave Hollywood behind for love. The pair had three children together and stayed married until Kelly’s death in 1982.
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3. Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher
- Married: 1959
- Divorced: 1964
We’d be lying if we didn’t say that some of the most iconic Hollywood marriages didn’t begin with the scandal. This was the case for Elizabeth Taylor and her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher. Taylor had been a close friend of Fisher and his wife, Debbie Reynolds. In fact, Fisher was the best man at Taylor’s wedding to theater and film producer Mike Todd in 1957. Sadly a year after they wed, Todd was killed in a plane crash, and Fisher rushed to Taylor’s side to comfort her.
Apparently, he did more than comfort the violet-eyed actress. The pair began an affair, and Fisher eventually left his wife and kids to marry Taylor who was labeled a homewrecker. It was quite salacious. The couple married in 1959, but in 1962 while filming Cleopatra the actress began an affair with her fifth (and sixth) husband Richard Burton. She later said she only married Fisher due to her grief.
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4. John and Jackie Kennedy
- Married: 1953
In 1953 while attending a mutual friend’s party, John F. Kennedy laid eyes on Jacqueline Bouvier, and the rest is literal history. The pair wed in 1953 in the midst of JFK’s campaign for Senate.
Jackie was pregnant with her second child, John, Jr. through JFK’s presidential campaign and the public was immediately obsessed with the couple’s youth and glamour. Though JFK was a well-known skirt-chaster, Jackie was no fool. The Vassar alum knew what she was getting, and the couple had a mutual love and respect for one another. They elevated the White House and remained together until JFK was assassinated in 1963.
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5. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
- Married: 1958
You can’t even begin to discuss classic Hollywood marriages without talking about the iconic Paul Newman and Joanne Woodard. The stunning pair met in 1953 but reconnected in 1957 while filming The Long Hot Summer. They married the following year and would go on to have three daughters. They were married for 50 years until Newman passed away in 2008.
When asked about being faithful to his wife in the midst of all of Hollywood’s temptations, Newman said, “I have steak at home, so why should I go out for a hamburger?” Swoon.
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6. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton
- Married: 1964 and again in 1974
- Divorced: 1974 and again in 1975
So remember when Liz Taylor dumped Eddie Fisher like he was rotten lunch meat? That was because she began filming Cleopatra in 1962, and she started an affair with her co-star, Richard Burton. Burton was also married at the time. Though Instagram was not a thing, the press was still hot on the couple’s tail, and news of the affair broke when they were spotted on a yacht in Ischia. To say it was scandalous was an understatement.
The Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? actors were unbothered and they wed in 1964, just nine days after Taylor’s divorce from Fisher was finalized. Dubbed Liz and Dick in the media, the pair would go on to have a whirlwind relationship even starring in 11 films together. They divorced in 1974, only to get remarried in ’75 and divorced again in ’76. Honestly, how exhausting. Taylor would later say, “After Richard, the men in my life were just there to hold the coat, to open the door. All the men after Richard were really just company.”
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7. Lena Horne and Lennie Hayton
- Married: 1947
Sometimes the perfect match is with someone you least expect, As was the case for legendary entertainer Lena Horne and musician Lennie Hayton. The pair got married in 1947, at a time when international marriages were still technically illegal. They were married until Hayton’s death in 1971.
Hornorne later told Ebony magazine, “You must know that in the beginning, I didn’t marry Lennie because I was in love with him. I respected him because he knew a lot of music and I knew that I had to learn how to sing. I callously realized that I would have to associate with a White person to get the things I wanted professionally. That said, I learned to love him very much. It turned out to be a perfect marriage.”
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8. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
- Together since: 1983
We’re cheating here just a bit because Goldie Hawn and Kurt Rusell aren’t actually married but since they’ve been together since 1983, which is longer than many of us have been alive, we figured you’d let us slide on this one. The couple first met while filming The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1966, but they reconnected and made things official on the set of Swing Shift.
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9. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
- Married: 1990
- Divorced: 2001
Name a more iconic ’90s Hollywood couple than Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Don’t worry; we’ll wait. The stunning pair met when Kidman was cast in Crusie’s Days of Thunder in 1990 and they got married the same year. It was a beautiful romance which lasted for well over a decade before it fell apart in 2001.
The actors were very young when the married and Kidman later told People, “Our life together was perfect. It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to my system. That was a great relationship. I think it ran its course. I was really damaged and not sure whether [love and marriage] was ever going to happen again to me.”
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10. Barack and Michelle Obama
- Married: 1992
When your first date is made into a movie, we have to say that makes your a pretty iconic power couple. Michelle and Barack Obama met in the summer of 1989 in Chicago. The former first lady a lawyer, and the former POTUS was a summer associate at her firm.
After reluctantly agreeing to go out on a date with Obama, the pair embarked on a magical day that involved public service, a walk on the beach, and ended with ice cream. Now, all of these years later the pair has two Presidential terms and two daughters under their belt. Over the years the Obamas have been public about their love and admiration for one another as well as the more trying times in their marriage. See how it all began with the feature film, Southside With You.
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11. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
- Married: 1997
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith met in 1994 when Pinkett auditioned for the role of Will Smith’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pinkett was deemed too short for the role, but that didn’t stop sparks from flying between the actors, despite the fact that Smith was still married to his first wife, Sheree Fletcher. Though their marriage has been plagued by cheating rumors and everything else in between, over 20 years later the Smiths are still going strong.
Pinkett Smith now says she regrets the overlap that she had with the Men in Black actor’s first wife. She said on her Facebook series, Red Table Talk, “Here’s the one thing I will say in hindsight, because I didn’t understand marriage, I didn’t understand divorce. I will say that I probably should’ve fell back. …. So, when I think back about where I was, some of my insensitivity, some of my inconsideration just in regards to you guys unwinding a marriage, and then me, trying to get in there.”
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12. Victoria Beckham and David Beckham
- Married: 1999
Victoria Beckham was already known as Posh Spice when she met David Beckham at a charity football game in 1997. The pair had been in the same circles previously, but the game was the first time Beckham was able to overcome his shyness and talk to the fashion legend.
The pair married in 1999, have four children together and have continued to be ionic, brushing shoulders with royals and celebs alike.
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13. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
- Married: 2013
Though they’ve been married since 2013, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have been together for well over a decade. The pair met in 2007 when the supermodel starred in one of Legend’s music videos. They then began a hookup situation that just stuck. The couple who are opposites with Teigen being the more outgoing and Legend the more reserved have a romance for the ages.
They often give us glimpses of their lives on social media which also includes their young daughter, Luna and baby son, Miles.
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14. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
- Married: 1996
When it comes to love and country music, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are the reigning Queen and King. The pair first met in 1994 at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Hill was freshly divorced and not looking for anything new. However, sparks really began to fly in 1996 when Hill opened up for McGraw on his “Spontaneous Combustion Tour.” The songstress was engaged at the time, but she knew she couldn’t pass up a chance to see where things could go with McGraw, so she broke off her engagement.
They were married that same year and have been together ever since. They are now parents to three daughters.
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15. Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
- Married: 1947
Acting icons who met in Harlem in the 1940s and often worked together on stage and in various Spike Lee movies, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were a legendary Hollywood couple who were public about the joy and hardships that they shared together.
The pair talked about their life together, they wed in 1947 and stayed married until Davis’ death in 2005. In their joint autobiography With Ossie and Ruby. They talked about their decision to have an open marriage and why they changed their mind later.