The Story Behind Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson’s 36 Year Marriage

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are celebrating a major milestone in life— 36 amazing years of marriage together.

Their journey together started back in 1981 on the set of the TV show “Bosom Buddies.” However, during this time, Hanks was already married to his first wife, Samantha Lewes. It wasn’t until 1987 that their marriage officially ended in divorce.

Hanks and Wilson’s paths crossed again during the filming of “Volunteers” in 1985, sparking a romantic connection that would change their lives forever. They made their first public appearance together in 1986 at the premiere of “The Three Amigos,” and two years later, they exchanged vows, according to PEOPLE. The couple eventually had two children together, sons Chester “Chet,” 33, and Truman, 28.


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To mark their 36th anniversary, Hanks shared an adorable selfie on Instagram, capturing the joy of their journey together. His caption read, “1988? April 30th? Big Doings. The Wilson & Hanks couple became Wife & Husband. 36 years! Nothing but Love since… Hanx.” 


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Wilson also shared a sweet collage of photos, accompanied by a quote from Robert Browning, reading “Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.”

Wilson and Hanks have shown they’re not just a power couple off-screen but also behind the scenes, teaming up for various projects over the years.

In the early 1990s, the couple starred together in multiple movies, such as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” Additionally, Hanks took on the role of director for Wilson’s film “That Thing You Do!” (1996) and “Larry Crowne” (2011), both in which she starred in.

Behind the scenes, they have teamed up to produce popular films and TV shows through their company, Playtone. Some of their most famous productions include HBO’s “Big Love,” the “Mamma Mia!” franchise, and the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” series, ET reports.

Here’s to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, wishing them many more years of love, joy, and celebration together!