To get married young and stay married ’til death do you part’ means defying a lot of odds.
But to achieve a long happy marriage with the glare of Hollywood constantly on you is an admirable achievement.
There are a few Hollywood couples that have stayed together for decades, but many of those couples met and married when they were already in the spotlight.
For screen star and award-winning director Ron Howard, he met the love of his life at school and 44 years later they are still very much in love.
The couple married when Ron was only 21 years old. In an interview with HuffPost Live, he acknowledged that they weren’t expected to have a long-lasting marriage.
‘Never anybody else’
“I felt really lucky when we met,” he added. “It’s crazy — we were teenagers, it shouldn’t have worked. We got married young, that shouldn’t have worked either, and yet it really and truly has.”
When they first met Ron was a junior at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California.
“I met her, and there was never anybody else,” the Oscar winner said in an interview with People.
Ron Howard and wife Cheryl, high school sweethearts married since 1975.
Writer and actress Cheryl Howard, formerly Alley, and Ron have three daughters and a son together. Their eldest daughter Bryce Dallas Howard has two children.
Ron and Cheryl celebrated 44 years of marriage on June 7. When asked what their secret was Ron admitted that there was a little luck involved.
“It does take a little luck to grow together and that’s what’s required. Compatibility and her good patience,” Ron said “It’s been a real blessing.”
The former TV star left the show “Happy Days” in 1980 to focus more on directing and has since directed more than 25 movies.
I FOUND THE TRUE FATHER OF HOLLYWOOD. RON HOWARD – OPIE AND HIS WIFE <3
He said that people often ask him how their marriage has lasted so long, and he always emphasizes the importance of communication.
“There’s no tactic other than communication is really important. You have to learn to communicate and have difficult conversations in constructive ways,” he explained.
Cheryl has appeared in 11 movies, directed by Ron, and written several books including ‘In the Face of Jinn: A Novel.’ Yet she still finds time to be a huge support for her husband.
“She’s (Cheryl) unbelievably supportive and always has been. Our compatibility has endured through all kinds of experiences,” Ron said.
See more pictures of this sweet couple in the clip below.
I had no idea these two had been married for so long, they make it look so easy and with no drama.
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