In a time when a lengthy Hollywood romance is counted in months rather than years, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson is a a stunning example of how true love and overcome all odds. Thought by many as one of Tinseltown’s most perfect celebrity couples, the two has been married for more that two decades and their love seems to grow stronger by the day.
The two shared a strong attraction to the art of acting from the very beginning, with Tom studying theatre at California State University, while Rita landed a guest spot as a cheerleader on an episode of The Brady Bunch when she was only 16 years old.
It was probably this attraction to acting that brought them together in the first place, being paired on the set of the 1985 movie Volunteers. It was here that their true love story began in earnest. They were married 3 years later, in 1988.
Their love blossomed along with Tom’s career, with back-to-back Oscars for the movies Philadelphia and Forest Gump. In an interview with Oprah, Tom said, “I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother. For example, I was able to construct a number of things in Philadelphia because of my relationship with Rita. The way my character felt about his lover is the way I feel about mine. The same was true when I played Forrest Gump, who loved Jenny. Without my connection with Rita, I don’t know how I would’ve been able to connect with what Forrest was going through.”
Tom and Rita have two sons, Chester and Truman, as well as Tom’s two children from his first marriage, Elizabeth and actor Colin. The couple continue to appear together on-screen from time to time, appearing alongside each other in the hit film Sleepless in Seattle and most recently in the romantic comedy Larry Crowne.
So, after more then 20 years, is love still going strong for the fabulous duo? In a recent interview, Rita has been quoted as saying, “I’ll never forget, we were standing on the corner of 57th and 5th in New York, or 58th and 5th. We were holding hands, and we were waiting for the traffic light to change. And he looked at me and he said, ‘You know, I just want you to know, that you never have to change anything about who you are in order to be with me.’ Literally, a wave of — if love is a feeling, or a cellular thing that happens to your body, it went through me, and that’s pretty much who he is, and how he’s been.”
Here’s a toast for the future to both of you fabulous lovebirds.
A true testament to everlasting love, wouldn’t you say?