The life of celebrities has its own special kind of appeal. Celebrity weddings, well, that’s a whole other level of special. These photos of celebrity couples on their wedding day from the ’70s and ’80s have us feeling nostalgic. See the likes of Princess Diana, Emma Thompson, and Audrey Hepburn in full wedding attire. Did you know that Emma Thompson was married to Kenneth Branagh? They couldn’t make it last, but a few of the couples on this list are still together. See what they wore on their big day.
Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler Married In 1971
Spanish singer and songwriter, Julio Iglesias, married Isabel Preysler in 1971. Isabel was a journalist and TV host at the time. She came from a very wealthy Filipino family. This couple stayed married until 1979, but before they split up, they had three children– Chabeli, Julio Jr., and their youngest son, Enrique.
Yup, these are Enrique Iglesias’ parents. Do you think he looks more like his mother or his father?
Aretha Franklin and Glynn Turman Married In 1978
Aretha Franklin was married to actor Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984. They got married at Aretha’s father’s church, which Aretha’s parents definitely loved. They didn’t like Aretha’s first husband very much.
After Aretha and Glynn got married, Aretha became a stepmother to Glynn’s three children from a previous marriage. Imagine having Aretha Franklin as a stepmom. Those kids got super lucky. Unfortunately, Glynn and Aretha got divorced in 1984.
Alana Hamilton and Rod Stewart Married In 1979
In 1979, Rod Stewart married Alana Hamilton. Rod Stewart is famous for being a bit of a womanizer, and he actually married twice more after he divorced Alana. He had eight children with five different women.
Rod Stewart and Alana Hamilton got divorced in 1984, but before that, they had two children together, Kimberly and Sean. If you’re wondering if any of these celebrity marriages actually went the distance, the answer is yes, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out which ones.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles Married In 1981
Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married in 1981. This relationship definitely had its issues. The wedding seemed very royal and romantic, but this couple wasn’t built to last. Diana and Charles did have to sons, though: Prince William and Prince Harry.
Charles ended up cheating on Diana, and then Diana was involved in some other relationships. They got divorced in 1996, and sadly, in 1997, Diana was killed in a car accident.
Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen Married In 1985
In 1985, Sylvester Stalone married model and actress Brigitte Nielsen. These two looked amazing together, but this relationship just wasn’t meant to be. They got divorced just two years later in 1987. They didn’t have any children together.
Neilsen was Stallone’s second wife, out of three. Stalone is currently married to Jennifer Flavin. They have three daughters together, Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet. Stalone also has two children from his marriage before his marriage to Brigitte.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Married In 1988
Actor Tom Hanks married Rita Wilson in 1988. Tom had been married once before and he already had two children from that marriage (one of whom is actor Colin Hanks). Tom Hanks is best known for his work in Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Da Vinci Code.
Hanks and Wilson worked together on the movie Volunteers. They have two children together, sons named Chet and Truman. They are still very happily married.
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach Married In 1981
Ringo Starr, whose actual name is Richard Starkey, met Barbara Bach in 1980 on the set of the film Cavemen. At the time, Ringo already had three children from his first marriage to Maureen Cox.
Ringo and Barbara got married in 1981. They are still married to this day, and they have seven grandchildren. They split their time between England, Los Angeles, and Monte Carlo. It must be crazy to be married to a Beatle.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Married In 1964
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s relationship is one of the most tumultuous and interesting Hollywood relationships of all time. Taylor was married a total of seven times, and two of those times were to Richard Burton.
This photo is from her first marriage to Burton in 1964. They stayed married until 1974, then they got divorced, then they got married again in 1975. Elizabeth once said, "after Richard, the men in my life were just there to hold the coat, to open the door. All the men after Richard were really just company."
Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh Married In 1989
Did you know that British acting legends Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh were actually married to each other at one point? They met in 1987 while working on a film and they got married in 1989. The press absolutely loved this relationship and Kenneth and Emma became a royal couple of sorts.
In 1995, Kenneth fell in love with another actress, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emma and Kenneth got divorced. As we all know, Kenneth and Helena couldn’t make it work either.
Michael Douglas and Diandra Luker Married In 1977
Michael Douglas was married to someone else before he met Catherine Zeta-Jones. In 1977 Michael Douglas married Diandra Luker. Diandra was just 19 years old at the time. The next year, Diandra gave birth to the couple’s son, Cameron. These two stayed together until 1995. Diandra got a pretty hefty divorce settlement.
In the year 2000, Michael married Catherine Zeta-Jones and had two more children. They’ve been together ever since.
Faye Dunaway and Peter Wolf Married In 1974
Actress Faye Dunaway and The J. Geils Band lead singer, Peter Wolf were married in 1974. They stayed together for five years until they were divorced in 1979. Apparently, they got divorced because they were too busy to maintain their relationship. Faye Dunaway was gaining star power while Peter Wolf’s career was waning.
The two were on very different paths which put a huge strain on their marriage. I guess all good things come to an end.
Mick Jagger and Bianca Perez-Mora Macias | 1971
In 1971, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones married Bianca Perez-Mora Macias, also known as Bianca Jagger. The couple stayed married until 1978. That year, Bianca filed for divorce because of Mick Jagger’s constant adultery.
Nobody was surprised that Mick was cheating. Bianca just decided that she had had enough. Mick Jagger never got married again, although he has been in a few long term relationships since. Bianca was the only woman who took Mick to the altar.
Madonna and Sean Penn | 1985
From 1985 to 1989, Madonna was married to actor Sean Penn. At the time, both of their careers were on the rise. These two became a true Hollywood power couple. They even starred in the film Shanghai Surprise together. That film was not very well received, and that might have been the beginning of the end for this duo.
Madonna first filed for divorce in 1987, then she retracted the papers, but then she filed for divorce again in 1889.
Renata Blauel and Elton John Married In 1984
Back in 1984, Elton John actually married a woman. Specifically, he married Renate Blauel, a German recording engineer. Nobody really believed that this relationship would last. Elton had already come out to the public as bisexual.
These two stayed together until 1988. They didn’t have any children together, and that same year, Elton told the press that he was a gay man. Elton wasn’t fooling anyone, though and we’re glad he’s out now.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Married In 1986
Arnold Schwarzenegger married journalist Maria Shriver, who just so happens to be the niece of President John F. Kennedy, in 1986. The couple has four children together, Katherine (who is now engaged to Chris Pratt), Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.
Maria and Arnold are now divorced because Maria found out that Arnold fathered a child with their housekeeper, Mildred Baena, many years ago. Arnold’s illegitimate son, Joseph Baena was born in 1997.
Diana Ross and Arne Naess, Jr. Married In 1986
In 1986, singer and all around superstar Diana Ross married Arne Naess Jr. This was Diana’s second marriage. These two were married until 2000 and they had two sons together, Ross and Evan. Evan is currently married to Ashlee Simpson.
Sadly, Arne died in a mountain climbing accident in South Africa in 2004. Diana has not remarried since. She also has three children from her previous marriage, one of whom is actress Tracee Ellis Ross.
Michael J. Fox and Tracey Pollman Married In 1988
Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracey Pollman got married in 1988. They are still together over thirty years later. They now have four children, Sam, Aquinnah, Schuyler, and Esmé.
Michael has been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for several years now, and his wife, Tracey has been there to support him through it all. Michael and Tracey donate a lot of money to Parkinson’s research. Michael has also written a book about coping with Parkinson’s.
Joan Collins and Peter Holm Married In 1985
Joan Collins has been married five times during her lifetime. The fourth time she walked down the aisle, it was to marry singer Peter Holm. These two were married from 1985 to 1987.
Joan filed for divorce and Peter used the breakup as an opportunity to get some money from Joan. The media didn’t look upon that move very favorable, and Peter became something of a joke. Joan went on to marry again, and that marriage actually stuck.
Tatum O’Neal and John McEnroe Married In 1986
The daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal won an academy award when she was just 10-years-old. In 1986, Tatum married Jon McEnroe, a professional tennis player. They began dating in 1984. The couple had three children together, Kevin, Sean, and Emily. Unfortunately, this marriage wasn’t built to last. They got divorced in 1994, ten years after they started dating.
Sadly, after the divorce, O’Neal began using illegal substances and she ended up losing custody of her children.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick Married In 1988
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are both huge names in Hollywood. Bacon is best known for the film Footloose, and Sedgwick is best known for the film Something to Talk About. These two met on the set of the play “Lemon Sky” in 1988.
They got married that same year and they’ve been together ever since. The couple has two children together, Sosie and Travis. Hopefully, this marriage keeps going strong.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Married In 1969
It’s no secret that the rest of The Beatles didn’t really approve of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relationship. John obviously didn’t care about that, because he married Yoko anyway. This is a photo of them holding their marriage certificate in 1969.
Yoko was actually John’s second wife. The couple had two sons together, Sean and Julian, and they stayed together until John’s death in 1980. However you feel about this relationship, it’s clear that these two loved each other.
Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson Married In 1988
Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson were married from 1988 until 1993. They adopted a son, Quinton, together. Loni was Burt’s second wife. He was previously married to Judy Carne. Loni was also married a couple of times previously and she had a daughter, Deidre Hoffman, from a previous relationship.
Burt didn’t get married again after he and Loni split up, but Loni went on to remarry musician Bob Flick in 2008.
Cher and Gregg Allman Married In 1975
You probably know Cher best as one half of Sonny and Cher, but after she divorced Sonny Bono, she married musician Gregg Allman in 1975. This was Allman’s third marriage (out of six) and Cher’s second and final marriage. Cher had one child from her previous marriage to Sonny, Chastity Bono who is now known as Chaz Bono.
Cher and Gregg have one son together, Elijah. Cher is still active in the music scene but Allman has pretty much vanished into obscurity.
Audrey Hepburn and Andrea Dotti Married In 1969
Audrey Hepburn was married twice over the course of her life. In 1969, she married a psychiatrist named Andrea Dotti. Dotti and Hepburn had one child together, but they got divorced in 1982 after being married for 13 years.
Apparently, Dotti had been cheating on Audrey for some time. Audrey knew about the affairs but waited until her son was older to divorce Dotti. Seriously, who cheats on Audrey Hepburn?
Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston Married In 1977
In 1977, actor Jeff Bridges married Susan Geston. The pair met on the set of the film Rancho Deluxe. You would think that because they met on a movie set, that Susan is an actress, but in reality, Susan was working on the set as a maid. They now have three grown children together, Isabelle, Jessica, and Hayley. Jeff and Susan are still happily married.
We’re glad to see that this couple was able to make love last.
Hillary and Bill Clinton Married In 1975
Hillary and Bill Clinton got married in 1975 in Arkansas, which is where they were living at the time. Since then, they’ve had one daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who is now married with a kid of her own.
Of course, this relationship had its ups and downs. There was that incident with Monica Lewinsky that Bill Clinton is never going to live down Somehow, through it all, this couple stuck together.
Donny Osmond and Debbie Glenn Married In 1978
Donny Osmond was just 20 years old when he married Debbie Glenn in 1978. The pair had five children together, all boys: Donald, Jeremy, Brandon, Christopher, and Joshua. Both Donny and Debbie are practicing Mormons.
Maybe that’s how they’ve managed to stay married for so long. They’ve basically been married for their entire adult lives. These two have some pretty strong conservative opinions on marriage and who should be allowed to get married.
Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear Married In 1986
From 1986 to 1993, Heather Locklear was married to rock star Tommy Lee. This wedding looks like it was a real party. The marriage didn’t last, though. Heather and Tommy didn’t have any children together.
Heather went on to marry Richie Sambora, with whom she had a child, and Tommy Lee married and had two children with Pamela Anderson. Onwards an upwards, I guess. Some relationships just aren’t meant to be.
Bruce Jenner and Linda Thompson Married In 1981
Before Bruce Jenner was Caitlyn Jenner, and before she married Kris, Jenner was married to Linda Thompson. Linda was Jenner’s second wife. Kris was his third. Jenner and Linda were married from 1981 until 1986.
Jenner and Linda had two children together, both boys. Those kids are Kendall and Kylie’s half brothers. Both Linda and Jenner have moved on, and now Caitlyn is living her best life. It works out in the end.