Among Boomers the divorce rate is 55%. Among all married couples, one in four divorces are between folks 50 or older while divorce rates for other age groups have stabilized or dropped.
Married: July 16, 1988
How they met: First, it was on Family Ties—but nothing happened; they officially began seeing each other in 1987, while filming Bright Lights, Big City. The couple told Oprah:
POLLAN: "It wasn't that I wasn't attracted to him—I was just dating someone else."
FOX: "And it wasn't that I wasn't attracted to her—the guy she was dating was just bigger than me."
Married: April 30, 1988
How they met: The couple first crossed paths filming the cross-dressing 1981 comedy Bosom Buddies. Three years later, Hanks starred with her in Volunteers, and sparks flew. In time, Hanks left his unhappy marriage, and Wilson broke up with her fiancée, claiming, "I didn't know what being in love was until I met Tom.”
Married: June 25, 1987
How they met: In college...both were heavily into the comedy scene at Northwestern University. In 1982, their troupe, the Practical Theater Company, attracted the attention of SNL’s then-producer, Dick Ebersol, who hired all four members right out of school. Julia’s been with Hall ever since.
Married: March 21, 1987
How they met: Famously private about their relationship, rumor has it the pair hooked up at a party in March of 1986, two months after Harmon was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive (from that interview: "When I marry,
I want it to be everything this town says it can't be. I'm not into catting around.") They were engaged by summer’s end and wed the following March.
Married: December 18, 1984
How they met: Years before their official first date, Curtis saw a picture of Guest in Rolling Stone—dressed like this, promoting This is Spinal Tap—and said to a friend, “I’m going to marry that man.” She cold-called him, and he never called back. Months later, they saw each other at a Hollywood restaurant. He phoned the next day, and they entered into marital bliss less than six months later.
Married: July 4, 1982
How they met: Sharon’s father, Don Arden, was famously managing Black Sabbath when his 17-year-old daughter first met frontman Ozzy Osbourne in the early ‘70s. By 1979, Ozzy was a solo act, Sharon was his lover and manager, and the rest … is bat-biting, drug-and-alcohol-fueled, reality show history.
Married: January 28, 1982
(yep, they're back together...)
How they met: The diminutive pair hooked up in 1971 during a cast dinner for a play, The Shrinking Bride, in which DeVito played a stable boy. They moved in together after two weeks, then dated for 11 years before tying the knot. (Fun fact: Their wedding march was "I'm in the Mood for Love" from The Little Rascals.) With the exception of a brief separation in 2012, they’ve been going strong.
Married 50 years
How they met: A young Newman was living in New York with his two children and then-wife, Jackie Witte, when he scored a part in a play called Picnic. Woodward was the leading lady’s understudy. The actors grew to love each other’s company, but remained friends until Newman left Witte (whom he divorced in 1957).
Married 57 years
How they met: In 1946, Davis starred in a play called Jeb in New York City; Dee was an understudy for another role. They wed two years later.
Davis died in 2005; Dee in 2014. She stated that her plan was to be cremated and have her ashes placed in an urn with her husband’s, inscribed, “In this thing together.”
Married over 60 years
How they met: In the early '50s, Meara, a struggling actress, met with an agent, and came out of his office crying. Stiller, sitting in the waiting room for the next interview, took Meara for a cup of coffee to comfort her. According to the couple, this exchange sealed the deal:
STILLER: "Can I pick up the check?"
MEARA: "Forget the check. Pick up some silverware, stick it in your pocket, and let’s get the hell out of here."
Now...that's the way to start a marriage!
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