- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

Like some kind of romantic bird flu, a rash of breakups is plaguing the famous. Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong recently called off their engagement. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey split. Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards tried and failed to reconcile, as did Jude Law and Sienna Miller. Even seemingly stable marriages are foundering: “Austin Powers” star Mike Myers and wife Robin Ruzan in December called it quits after a 12-year run. It’s good, then, to be reminded that celebrities past and present have made it for the long haul.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward — Despite being married in quickie-marriage capital Las Vegas, this rock-solid couple is just two years shy of their golden wedding anniversary.

Paul and Linda McCartney Only a 10-day stint in a Japanese clink could keep this otherwise inseparable pair apart over the course of their 29-year marriage, which ended with Mrs. McCartney’s premature death from breast cancer.

—Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick — A list such as this is ineviably just six degrees or fewer from Mr. Footloose, so why not go ahead and include him and his “Closer” wife of 17 years?

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash — Love burned, burned, burned between these soul mates for years until failed marriages and fate combined to make their union irresistible. Married for 35 years, they died a mere four months apart in 2003.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn— So as not to limit bliss to the wedded, we include these longtime companions.

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