One of the lasting Hollywood marriages out there took place in the year 1988 when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tied the knot. Hanks and Wilson got married in April of that year. The bride chose to wear an unconventional short-length wedding dress – yes, long before the Guns N Roses “November Rain” video made it iconic.
The two are still just as strong over three decades later. Fun fact: Hanks converted to Wilson’s Greek Orthodox faith in order to marry her! He would later share in an interview with Oprah that providence played a big part in bringing them together. And even though marriage wasn’t always magical, he knew they would get through anything together. Now if that isn’t couple goals in Hollywood we don’t know what is!
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
1957 was the year that marked the beginning of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood's controversial relationship. The two got married in Arizona on December 28 at the Scottsdale United Methodist Church. Hollywood was wildly, prematurely excited about the union, in true Hollywood fashion.
Some news reports even went so far as to declare the wedding a "glittering union of the 20th century.” The marriage would not live up to that sweeping statement or survive the pressures of the industry. They were divorced by 1962. Fast forward ten years later, they were remarried and continued with their often fiery relationship until Wood's mysterious passing.
Marylin Monroe and James Dougherty
Norma Jean Baker, AKA Marylin Monroe, got married for the first time at just 16 years old to her 21-year-old neighbor James Dougherty on June 19, 1942. The couple moved in to a house in Van Nuys and for the first two years, lived a blissful life together. Their marriage lasted four years.
It became clear she viewed Dougherty more as a father figure than a lover. She even nicknamed him “Daddy.” After he joined the navy, she became increasingly bored by herself. Photos of her taken at work caught the attention of agencies in Los Angeles. Norma Jean was discovered by modeling and acting agencies and could only sign the contract as an unmarried woman. And so it ended.
Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Hilton
In 1950 the Hollywood royal had her first of eight marriages. The 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor married the 23-year-old Conrad "Nicky" Hilton on May 6. She was the leading star at MGM and rumor has it the studio wanted to turn her into a romantic lead. But Taylor was only 18 then. In order to fast track her into adulthood rapidly, she needed to get married.
The wedding took place at the Bel-Air Country Club The event was hailed as the social event of the year. Taylor wore a gown designed by Helen Rose. Rose was famous for creating the actress's wardrobe in the 1950 film "Father of the Bride," as well as for designing Grace Kelly's wedding gown. Taylor might have walked down the aisle eight times but this was the only wedding when she did so in a traditional bridal dress.
Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi
Annette Funicello, a famous singer, and actress at the time wed her agent, Jack Gilardi, on January 9, 1965. Funicello caught everyone’s attention in 1955 after Walt Disney discovered her performance in Swan Lake with her Burbank dancing school. He invited her to audition for an exciting new show called the Mickey Mouse Club. She not only nailed the audition but Disney personally handpicked her to be on first season of the show.
Soon she became a household name. By the early 1960s, Funicello was a regular fixture in several Hollywood films. She married Gilardi during this time. Their marriage lasted from 1965 until 1981. They had three kids: Gina, Jack Jr., and Jason. She later married Glen D. Holt, an equestrian trainer/breeder from California.