Few Hollywood relationships have been as successful as the one shared by Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Indeed, as they’ve spent 34 years together, the pair have beaten the odds to become one of Tinseltown’s longest-surviving couples. But after nearly three and a half decades in the spotlight as a couple, the duo are still capable of surprises. And their latest announcement has left many fans dumbstruck.
Having spent half their lives in partnership, it’s safe to say that Hawn and Russell know each other pretty well. But the pair have actually been acquainted for far longer than many fans realize. In fact, the actors first met almost 50 years ago on the set of 1968’s The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band.
However, based on this first meeting, things weren’t destined to be. While the two undeniably hit it off, the small subject of the age gap ultimately stopped things from developing. “I was 21, and he was 16,” Hawn told the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in 2012. “I thought he was adorable, but he was much too young.”
So after their first, fateful encounter, Hawn and Russell went their own separate and successful ways. Just two years later, for example, Hawn won an Oscar for her performance in 1969’s Cactus Flower. This in turn led to her becoming one of Hollywood’s best-loved comedic performers, and she earned herself another Oscar nom in 1980, this time for Private Benjamin.
Meanwhile, Russell was busy shedding off his reputation as a child star. After featuring as the King himself in 1979’s Elvis, the actor teamed with director John Carpenter for 1981’s Escape from New York. And having now established himself as a screen tough guy, Russell further flexed his muscles in Carpenter’s The Thing.
At the same time, besides diverging in their professional lives, Hawn and Russell were also growing apart personally. Following a marriage to Gus Trikonis, Hawn wed musician Bill Hudson, with whom she had future actors Kate and Oliver. Russell, on the other hand, married his Elvis co-star Season Hubley in 1979 – a union that yielded one son, Boston.
Nevertheless, the future couple’s early romances didn’t end rosily. After four years together, Hawn separated from Hudson in 1980; and Russell and Hubley called time on their union in 1983, four years after taking their vows. But heartbreak would soon turn into happiness, as the two found themselves pulled closer together.
While auditioning for Swing Shift in 1983, the two stars met once again. Bowled over by how much Hawn had changed, Russell tried to start a conversation. But unfortunately, he was too hungover to form a charming sentence. Instead, as Russell sheepishly revealed in a 2017 appearance on Conan, he blurted out, “Man, you’ve got a great figure.”
Surprisingly, Russell’s cheesy line worked, and the pair eventually found themselves on their first date at a swing music club. That night ended in a visit from the cops, though, as Russell had to help Hawn break into her own home. And while it was undoubtedly a date to remember for that reason, little did the pair know that it would spawn one of Hollywood’s longest-running relationships.
Within three years, in fact, the couple welcomed their son Wyatt, who is now a Hollywood star in his own right, into the world. In addition, Hawn and Russell would both become stepparents to each other’s previous children. To this day, in fact, Hawn’s daughter Kate Hudson still looks to Russell as her true father figure.
On top of making a great couple in real life, Hawn and Russell also played together well on screen. In 1987, for instance, the duo appeared in the comedy film Overboard, which raked in almost $27 million at the U.S. box office. And during a 2017 appearance on Today, Russell also admitted that the two could one day “work together again.”
But although they’ve been together for almost 35 years, Hawn and Russell have, unusually, never tied the knot. “What is marriage going to do for us?” Hawn quizzed the hosts of British show Loose Women in 2016. “Our children said years ago they don’t want us to get married.” Ultimately, though, the pair would receive an honor binding them closer than any wedding ceremony.
On May 4, 2017, Hawn and Russell walked the red carpet down Hollywood Boulevard for a very special event. Like many stars before them, the two were being awarded a space on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, they were to receive their tiles side by side, in an almost unheard-of joint celebration.
As with the best weddings, Hawn and Russell had plenty of guests to bless the occasion. Among them were Reese Witherspoon, Hawn’s self-described “biggest fan,” and Quentin Tarantino, who directed Russell in Death Proof and The Hateful Eight. But it was Kate Hudson who had the most emotional speech to give.
“I always thought I’d be talking about them at like a wedding or something,” the Almost Famous star joked. “But since a wedding doesn’t seem to be in our near future, ever, this may be my only opportunity.” She added that, despite her parents’ fame, “they’ve managed to maintain a sense of normalcy and closeness with every one of their children.”
Hawn herself mirrored her daughter’s observations when she too came to the stage. “Did we just get married?” she joked to the ceremony’s audience. “We’ve never had a celebration like this before, but I’m not going to pop the question.”
The ceremony was doubly significant for Hawn, too, as Snatched, her first film part in 15 years, was set for release the following week. And the star made sure to remind fans of her humble roots. “[My parents] wouldn’t believe that this little girl that wanted a regular life didn’t quite get that, but I got a hell of a lot more,” she said.
Meanwhile, Russell – whose movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had been enjoying a stellar first weekend – stood arm in arm with Hawn throughout proceedings. He even planted a passionate kiss on her while the pair posed on the carpet. And when it came time for the actor to speak, all Russell could do was effuse about his other half.
“Goldie, to you, I owe my wonderful life,” Russell admitted from the podium. “Simply put, Goldie, I cherish you. All of the stars in the sky or the boulevard don’t hold a candle to that. There’s no one else I’d rather be next to than Goldie Hawn.”
It seems that film fans can’t get enough of Hawn and Russell’s relationship, and their 1987 movie together is back in the spotlight, too. Currently, Overboard is being remade with Anna Faris in Hawn’s role – although sadly her husband Chris Pratt isn’t taking Russell’s place. And while we may not see Hawn and Russell on screen together soon, we can at least rest assured that the couple will be an item for years to come.
But Hawn and Russell are not the only pair to have made it despite the pressures of a highly public relationship. Hollywood heartthrob Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith have been together for 25 years now. And on the couple’s wedding anniversary, the James Bond actor shared a tribute to his wife on social media that set fans’ hearts aflutter.
For almost a decade, Brosnan played James Bond – a man not noted for his fidelity. But off screen, the actor has been a long-time devotee to just one woman: his wife Keely Shaye Smith. The pair have been together for 25 years, in fact, and on their anniversary Brosnan decided that he had something he wanted to say about his spouse.
Brosnan may have the looks of a playboy, but he’s actually anything but. And although the star has won plenty of female attention for his roles in Remington Steele, Dante’s Peak, The Thomas Crown Affair and the James Bond series, he’s seemingly only ever had eyes for the women he married.
Yes, Brosnan has actually been married twice. He met his first wife, Cassandra Harris, back in 1974 when he was still an aspiring actor; the future star got to know her through David Harris, a nephew of famous actor Richard Harris. “I saw [Cassandra] coming down the staircase and I thought, ‘What a beautiful-looking woman,’” Brosnan told Cigar Aficionado in 1997.
Then Harris became Brosnan’s wife in 1980, and they went on to have one child together; Brosnan also adopted her children, Charlotte and Chris, in 1986. And, interestingly, she was the one who had first suggested to Brosnan that he should play James Bond one day. Unfortunately, though, the actor only got to spend 17 years with his spouse, as she passed away from ovarian cancer in 1991.
And Harris’ death naturally devastated Brosnan. “There is an incredible cruelty in it all, losing a person you shared everything with,” the actor told People in 1992, four months after Harris had passed away. “This is the first time in my life I’ve ever experienced bereavement, and it’s overwhelming.”
However, Brosnan was able to overcome his grief as his life and career continued. Firstly, he met another woman, a journalist named Keely Shaye Smith, who would later become his second wife. And secondly, he was given the role that would define him as an actor: James Bond in GoldenEye.
What’s more, over the next few years, Brosnan and Smith would have two children together: Dylan in January 1997 and Paris in February 2001. And Brosnan continued his acting career during this time, starring in two more Bond films: Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough.
Then Brosnan married Smith in August 2001, and it was a union that appeared to have had the full blessing of one of Brosnan and Harris’ children. “Just seeing the ultimate love that these two people have for each other was unbelievable,” their daughter Charlotte told People at the time. “My dad found it again, and that makes me happy.”
And Brosnan and Smith seemed to be happy too. The actor subsequently credited his new partner with helping him overcome his first wife’s death and being a support to him during periods of depression. Even another huge tragedy didn’t split them apart; in 2013 Charlotte, who was 41 at the time, also succumbed to ovarian cancer.
Yet Brosnan was able to get through the passing of his daughter, and he and Smith continued to be, so it seemed, one of the healthiest and best-adjusted couples in Hollywood. Even Brosnan’s on-screen intimacy with other women reportedly made no difference to his bond with Smith. “My wife is very cool. She has a great sense of humor about it, a great sense of who she is as a woman and security and faith within me,” the star told the Daily Mirror in 2013.
However, the media sometimes took a snide tone when it came to Smith – for seemingly no other reason than because she wasn’t thin. Indeed, celebrity gossip website TMZ was once damning when it obtained pictures of Smith in a bikini. “Double Oh No,” the piece’s headline read – and the comments beneath the article were often even more scathing.
But Brosnan apparently didn’t mind how Smith looked. “I love my wife’s curves,” he told Vogue in 2006. So, no matter what was thrown at him and Smith – and it was a lot – their love endured. And when it came to the couple’s 25-year anniversary in 2018, that still appeared to be the case.
You see, in July 2018 Brosnan took to Instagram – on which he has more than 700,000 followers – to make a post in celebration of his and Smith’s relationship. “Thank you for the love, my love, of these past 25 years onwards,” he wrote. And not surprisingly, the missive gained lots of positive and congratulatory messages from Brosnan’s fans.
And Smith wrote a message to her husband on her Instagram page as well. For the post, she chose a picture of herself and Brosnan on their wedding day all those years ago, in which the pair look absolutely delighted and in love. “Happy anniversary @piercebrosnanofficial,” she wrote alongside a “prayer” emoji. “Life is beautiful with you in it!”
This public outpouring of affection between Brosnan and Smith isn’t totally unprecedented, however; Brosnan, for one, has praised his wife in interviews before. “I love her vitality, her passion. She has this strength that I wouldn’t be able to live without,” he told The Independent in March 2016. “When Keely looks at me, I go weak.”
And in People magazine in 2017, the actor gave the world a glimpse of what his marriage was like in day-to-day life. He and Smith had recently gone on a road trip together, Brosnan told the publication. “We didn’t listen to any music, but we just listened to the sounds of each other’s voices and sorted out the world,” he said.
Certainly, Brosnan and Smith appear to believe in sorting out the world. They’re dedicated environmentalists, for instance, and have previously teamed up with charities to help protect land and animals from industrialization. Brosnan has also donated proceeds from the sales of his artworks to environmental causes.
And in 2018 Smith directed a film about environmental issues called Poisoning Paradise; Brosnan, who served as executive producer, also supported her in the movie’s promotion. “Stepping out for another festival showing of Keely’s movie Poisoning Paradise,” he wrote on Instagram in February 2018. “Still working and loving life after 25 years.”
Indeed, Brosnan’s wife features strongly on his Instagram account. When he touched down in New York City to promote his film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, for instance, the picture he shared on the social media site was of both him and Smith. Likewise, images of Smith and Brosnan take pride of place on Smith’s Instagram.
So, while Brosnan and Smith have been through a lot, they nevertheless seem to be living proof that a Hollywood marriage really can work out. And throughout all of the years in which they’ve been a couple, there’s never been a hint of scandal come to light, either. Hopefully, then, the pair of them will have many more happy years together.