Twenty-five years is a long time for any marriage to survive. But when you factor in celebrity marriages, it's almost an eternity. The Huffington Post was proud to give you "20 Celebrity Couples Who Have Been Married 25 Years... And Beyond," last year, which made us wonder who else was on the verge of hitting the quarter-century mark. So, here you go, another happy group of celebrity-marriage survival stories that will warm your hearts. Congratulations are in order for the following 17 celebrity couples who will celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary in 2013:
One of my favorite romantic scenes in a motion picture happened when <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/tom-hanks-9327661">Tom Hanks</a> and his co-star, <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001854/bio">Rita Wilson</a>, slow-danced to "As Time Goes By" in their 1985 movie "Volunteers." Such a swoon moment! I wanted to <em>BE</em> Beth Wexler (Wilson) dancing in the arms of Lawrence Whatley Bourne III (Hanks). Every man alive had to live vicariously through Tom Hanks as he was holding the lovely Rita Wilson in his arms in that film in <em>that</em> moment. They were married on April 30, 1988. Congratulations on 25 years of ecstasy, you dream lovers you!
Kyra Sedgwick said it all when she told <em>Good Housekeeping</em> recently (<a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20655134,00.html " target="_hplink">via People</a>) of her husband, <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/kevin-bacon-9542173">Kevin Bacon</a>: "He is so honorable. He is so ethically true. He has high moral standards, and he doesn't lie and he doesn't cheat -- and I find that sexy! ... I don't know how he does it, but he always makes me feel like I'm the most beautiful woman in the room -- the only girl in the room." We have a feeling Kevin thinks his wife is the best thing that's ever happened to him, too. We hope they enjoy their 25th anniversary on September 4!
ABC World News anchor <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/diane-sawyer-9472787">Diane Sawyer</a> has kept husband, comedy legend Mike Nichols, informed on international news and in return, her husband obviously knows how to work her funny bone. Nichols <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/01/nichols-and-may-reunion-exclusive" target="_hplink">told <em>Vanity Fair</em></a> in a recent interview that he found the love of his life with Diane, his fourth wife. They celebrate 25 years on April 29, and we're sure the next 25 years will just breeze by for these two. May you both laugh your way to that Golden Anniversary!
<a href="http://www.biography.com/people/michael-j-fox-9542279">Michael J. Fox </a>and his future wife, actress <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001630/">Tracy Pollan</a>, first met each other on the set of <em>Family Ties</em>, where she portrayed Ellen Reed. Who will ever forget that romantic dance they shared to the tune of "At This Moment"? Obviously every moment they've shared together for the past 25 years has been precious. The couple, who were married on July 16, 1988, have four children. Now that's some powerful family ties!
These two lovebirds have survived many cold winters way up there in Alaska in addition to the political heat they endured when the first <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/sarah-palin-360398" target="_hplink">female Governor of Alaska </a>decided to take a Big Gulp and run for Vice President of the United States. Politics aside, we do admire them for taking the high road in their family life, raising the bar when it comes to celebrating their precious special-needs son and keeping their family together given the glass house they've lived in for a few years. Happy 25th Anniversary! May you celebrate many more.
British model <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/twiggy-9512626">Twiggy</a>, who made a fashion statement with her short cropped hairstyle, became a household name in the mid '60s when she landed on high-profile magazine covers including <em>Vogue</em> and <em>Newsweek</em>, breaking out as one of the first teenage supermodels. Her first marriage ended with the sudden death of her husband due to a heart attack. She married second husband Leigh Lawson in 1988; the couple will have been happily married for 25 years this year!
Tony Award winner, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0526985/bio">Patti LuPone</a>, who played Lady Bird Johnson in the TV movie, <em>LBJ: The Early Years</em>, met cameraman Matthew Johnson on set in 1987. The two were married on December 12, 1988 on the stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. Best wishes go out to the <em>Evita</em> actress and her husband!
<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0737257/bio">Wayne Rogers</a>, who is best known for playing Trapper John McIntyre on the CBS television series <em>M*A*S*H</em>, was married for 23 years to his first wife. He's on a roll with second wife Amy Hirsh Rogers, married for 25 years and counting. We're more shocked that Rogers turns 80 this year! What? Not possible!
<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000929/bio">Corbin Bernsen</a> may have played the skillful divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series <em>L.A. Law</em>, but he obviously doesn't need to consult a real divorce expert when it comes to his own marriage. The actor has been happily wed to British actress Amanda Pays since 1988. The delightful couple have four children and <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/talkingyourtech/story/2011-11-21/corbin-bernsen-ebay-twitter/51329032/1" target="_blank">8,000 snow globes</a>. (Would we make that up?)
<a href="http://www.biography.com/people/paul-reiser-9542589">Paul Reiser</a> delivered one of the funniest ad libs of all time on a sitcom (<em>Mad About You</em>). Walking into his living room, his dog was on the couch licking his private parts, Reiser looked over at him and said, "If I could do that, I wouldn't need a wife." Ta-dum! In his personal life, the actor's wife has been doing something right. He and Paula Ravets celebrate 25 years of marital bliss this year.
Supermodel <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/kathy-ireland-20978315" target="_hplink">Kathy Ireland</a>, who <a href="http://archives.midweek.com/content/story/midweek_coverstory/Kathy_Ireland_Toys_For_Tots/" target="_hplink"><em>Forbes</em> magazine "nicknamed 'Supermogul' for her tremendous success as a designer and entrepreneur,"</a> has been married half of her life. At 50, she has logged 25 years of marriage to husband Dr. Greg Olsen, an ER surgeon and commercial fisherman. The couple have three children. Socks off to this beautiful couple. (Inside joke.)
Former professional hockey player <a href=" http://www.gretzky.com/hockey/bio.php">Wayne Gretzky</a>, who played for 20 seasons in the NHL (National Hockey League), "proposed to actress Janet Jones in January 1988, and they were married on July 17, 1988 in a lavish ceremony the Canadian press dubbed 'The Royal Wedding.' Broadcast live throughout Canada from Edmonton's St. Joseph's Basilica, members of the Fire Department acted as guards at the church steps. The event reportedly cost Gretzky over one million dollars."
Ah, Potsie, we couldn't be more thrilled that you and your lovely wife have been creating your own <em>Happy Days</em> for the past 25 years. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0930041/bio">Williams</a> "<a href="http://www.sitcomsonline.com/where.html" target="_hplink">lives in Malibu, CA with his wife Jackie Gerken</a> (a television producer and a former vice president of production for Dino De Laurentiis) and his daughter Hannah Lily who was born in 1989. Trivia: He is divorced from first wife Lorrie Mahaffey, who played his girlfriend Jennifer on <em>Happy Days</em>.
Two-time Tony award winning Broadway actress and former <em>SNL</em> alum, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002056/bio">Christine Ebersole</a>, has been married twice. After her five-year union with actor Peter Bergman went south (1976 - 1981), she regrouped and married Bill Moloney in 1988. Ebersole, who describes her family as the <a href="http://www.trentonian.com/article/20130302/NEWS01/130309924/actress-christine-ebersole-146-s-balancing-act-subject-of-rider-address" target="_hplink">"new normal</a>," adopted three children with her husband: "Mae-Mae is from China, Aron is Chinese and Filipino and Elijah is African-American," told the Trentonian newspaper.
<a href="http://www.maryellenmark.com/text/magazines/us%20weekly_new/925B-000-007.html" target="_hplink">Actor Treat Williams met Pam Van Sant while she was waitressing in a New York restaurant.</a> We don't know what he ordered, but the food must have been really good. Twenty-five years and two children later, we're guessing they take turns in the kitchen now. Congrats to these two who are living the good life and most likely keep their fast food to a minimum.
We doubt that 30 million people watched <em>General Hospital</em>'s <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0290163/bio">Genie Francis</a> marry her real-life husband, actor/director Jonathan Frankes on May 28, 1988. Anthony Geary and Genie Francis -- aka Luke and Laura -- pulled in huge numbers when they wed on the popular soap opera, <a href="http://generalhospital.about.com/od/generalhospitaloverview/u/GeneralHospitalHistory.htm">which is celebrating 50 years on the air this year</a>. Congratulations to the Emmy winner and her husband for making their own fairytale come true.
There may have been a "bridge over troubled water" in singer <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0307316/">Art Garfunkel</a>'s first marriage (he claimed his first marriage was turbulent and ended bitterly), but he hit pay dirt with second wife Kim Cermak. Garfunkel met former model Kathryn "Kim" Cermak while filming the 1986 film <em>Good to Go</em>. They married on September 18, 1988 and have two children. Here's to <em>you</em>, Mrs. Garfunkel!
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