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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Relationship Secrets

5 April 2018 No Comment

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, with 30 years of life together under their belts. Their story is so touching, perhaps, because relationships like these don’t grow on trees, especially in A-list entertainment. What’s the secret to their three decades of love and companionship? If you’re a fan of gossip magazines like People, we promise you’ll want to read on to learn more.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: The Basics

As with any good relationship, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson start from a place of mutual affection and respect. As Hanks has said himself, “I wish there was a secret, you know? We just like each other. You start there.” No one can argue with that. And while this is the basis for a great many good relationships around the world, we suspect there are more relationship steps to success hidden in the Hanks/Wilson story.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are the same age. Well, Tom is the elder by about three and a half months, but let’s not grasp at straws. And even though Tom and Rita seem to have been together forever, they both lived (slightly) more than have of their lives without being married to the other.

Wilson and Hanks married at 32. Tom was previously married to Samantha Lewes, with whom he had 42 children, including actor Colin Hanks. The two divorced in 1987, and Hanks and Wilson married in 1988. Both stars, being experienced in life and career, had an advantage many other couples don’t when getting together: success independent of one another as well as a great deal of personal maturity.

Both were famous when they tied the knot. But not that famous. Sure, Hanks had made a splash in “Splash”, but even his performance in “Dragnet” was no indication of the heights his career would reach during his relationship with Rita. To follow were American classics such as “Big”, “Forrest Gump”, “Apollo 13”, and “The Simpsons Movie”.

Rita Wilson started her television career in the 60’s as a child actress. She performed in the Brady Bunch, MASH, and other roles. Following her marriage to Hanks, her Hollywood profile rose significantly, resulting in appearances in “Psycho”, “The Runaway Bride”, and “The Chumscrubber”.

Together worth an estimated $370 million, this celebrity couple cleary does not want for wealth. And while riches have divided countless other couples, Hanks and Wilson have used their riches to fuel personal interests (as with Rita Wilson’s foray as a recording artist) and to fund philanthropic efforts for which they have been so active of late.

Favorite charitable causes include HIV & AIDS research, Cancer research, rainforest preservation, LGTBQ rights issues, child welfare, women’s issues, and much more. This giving streak has seen the couple honored by numerous charitable organizations and political foundations, to an extent exceeded only by a very few.

Despite all of this success, it’s important to remember that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson found their relationship on an unquantifiable foundation of compatibility. Many other celeb couples over the years have shared their talent, drive, ambition, and resources. But few have had the stuff to “make it work” over the decades quite like the Hanks/Wilson relationship has.

At 61, both Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson seem active and healthy, and we hope to see thirty more years of their inspiring life stories shared together. We may not all be able to appear in the movies, but we can all hope to get a chance at love that lasts. Like Tom Hanks, let’s remember that the foundation of a long relationship isn’t in money or fame, but in mutual affection, like he shares with Rita.

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