The Best Marriage Advice from 7 Long-Married Celebrities

Discover how Meryl Streep, Kyra Sedgwick, and more keep their relationships strong.

The Best Marriage Advice from 7 Long-Married Celebrities

Photo: Christian Oth Studio

If you want to know the secret to a lasting marriage, go straight to the source!

Any couple who has managed to stay happily married for years has clearly learned some tricks to maintaining a loving relationship. Engaged couples and newlyweds need only look to them to discover how to keep the spark and commitment alive for years to come. We rounded up advice from a few of Hollywood's most successful partnerships about how to help your marriage run smoothly. With the added pressures of media scrutiny, we give these couples a round of applause for honoring their vow "till death do us part!"

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep quote You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things. You have to listen to your partner’s problems, suggestions, and advice, and accept that you’re not always right. Conversation is the key to a successful marriage.

Photo by Milanés Photography

With 36 years of marriage to husband Don Gummer under her belt, Meryl Streep knows that comunication is the key to a lasting relationship. She told New Zealand Woman's Weekly that the key to a happy marriage is listening to your partner and discussing even the smallest issues.

Terry Crews

Terry Crews Quote There have been times when my wife will say something to me and I will thing, Whoa! What was that? But if I react in a certain way, it could take it to a while other stratosphere of pain… By choosing not to be offended, or by forgiving the other person, it just keeps everything moving right along.

Photo by Elisabeth Millay Photography

In his book Manhood, Terry Crews discusses how he solved the problems in his 25-year marriage to his wife Rebecca by learning to better respect and understand her point of view. He told eHarmony that it's impossible to control someone and love them at the same time, and that men need to let go of their egos in their relationships.

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner Quote It’s the ability to say you’re sorry. I know that sounds so simple. If you’re willing to tell somebody that you love them, are you also willing to say you’re sorry? You need to, even when you think you’re right.

Photo by Next Exit Photography

Kevin Costner has been married to his wife Christine Baumgartner for 11 years, and as he told Parade magazine, the key is to be willing to admit you're wrong. Don't let pride keep you from resolving conflicts. 

Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel Quote The most romantic things are the little things, like just being there and showing up when you’re supposed to show up. It’s more about the accumulation of little things that really strengthen a relationship rather than one big thing every now and then.

Photo by Marianne Lozano Photography

To bring romance into your relationship, forget about the grand gestures, Josh Duhamel told Parade magazine. He said his 6-year marriage to Fergie is more about small tokens that let her know he's thinking about her. 

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick Quote Both of us knew this was forever and we were going to work it out no matter what happens, so when we fight, it’s not so scary. You can’t be honest with someone if you think that they are going to leave.

Photo by Dalal Photography

Famously married to Kevin Bacon for 27 years, Kyra Sedgwick let the world in on her secrets in an interview with Redbook magazine. Feeling safe in their relationship and being able to trust that they will get through anything allows her to truly open up and be honest.

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa Quote Don’t get divorced after your first argument! I have a lot of friends that have one fight and that’s it, they get divorced. I go, Wait a minute! Oh my gosh, you guys! Calm down! You’ll forget in three days what you were fighting about. I promise. So just let it marinate a little bit, that is my best love advice.

Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer

Don't hit the panic button! Kelly Ripa, married to Mark Consuelos for 19 years, told YourTango that too many people give up after one disagreement and don't realize that it actually is possible to work through their issues.

Michael J. Fox

Michael J Fox wedding marriage advice quote

Photo by Milton Photography

Michael J. Fox told Good Housekeeping that newlyweds should approach marriage based on their needs, not wants. He and his wife of 27 years, Tracy Pollan, try not to get caught up in what they believe marriage "should" be.