The Longest-Married Soap Stars — in Order: Which of Your Faves’ Unions Have Proven to Be Un-Bustable?
When these real-life couples said, “I do,” they meant it!
On our daytime dramas, marriages are what, a dime a dozen, right? Maybe even a nickel. They come and go faster than the seasons change. But in real life… ah! What a difference on- and off-screen makes!
In real life, some of your favorite stars from The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital have tied knots that time simply can’t untie; they’re like double knots that way. These power couples have proven themselves to be lifers, clinging tightly to their vows over the course of not months or years but decades.
To put a stretch like that in perspective, it could take a soap kid from the cradle to the altar to the grave… twice. (Assuming that SORAS was in play… which let’s be real, it almost always is! But we digress… )
It’s these couples that we salute today, with a photo gallery of daytime television’s longest-married stars, the inspirations to the rest of us to step up our game and get it right already. Among them are a couple from The Young and the Restless whose relationship must have had to have been reported to HR, a Days of Our Lives pair that beat their characters down the aisle, and a General Hospital leading man who took a new bride before he took a new role.
Ready to see who’s who among our “I do”-ers? All you have to do is click below, then hit the comments with your favorite real-life twosomes.
<p>Shortly after leaving his <em>All My Children</em> role of Nico Kelly — and three years before his <em>General Hospital</em> debut as Sonny Corinthos — Benard tied the knot in 1990 with the love of his life. “I don’t know what I would have done without her, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/575209/general-hospital-maurice-benard-anniversary-tribute-wife/" target="_blank">to be honest</a>,” he’s said.</p>
<p>The <em>Days of Our Lives</em> star, who plays John, rang in more than 1986 on that New Year’s Eve — he rang in a new life with his bride, one that’s led to decades of happiness and a family of four kids.</p>
<p>Back in 1985, when he was still playing <em>All My Children</em> good guy Cliff Warner, Bergman, now a legend thanks to his tenure as <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Jack Abbott, married for the second — and last — time.</p>
<p>Wed since 1984, these two actually met as co-stars on <em>The Young and the Restless.</em> While his Paul Williams was in a cult, he locked lips with fellow acolyte Rebecca, played by his future wife. In the storyline, he recalled to <em><a href="https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/doug-davidsons-five-greatest-yr-moments-0/" target="_blank">Soap Opera Digest</a></em>, “the leader assigned [our characters] to procreate.” Chicka-bow-wow!</p>
<p>Talk about mixing work and pleasure! <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ former executive producer and eternal star (who’s played Nikki Newman since 1979) met on the set and “I did” it in 1985, paving the way for a marriage that’s thrived for more than 35 years. </p>
<p>The <em>Days of Our Lives</em> heavy, who has played Victor Kiriakis since 1985, tied the knot with his <em>Love of Life</em> castmate Sherry Rooney in ’84. (Fun fact: Daughter Jennifer Aniston is the product of his marriage to first wife Nancy Dow.)</p>
<p>In 1981, back when <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ future Roman Brady was playing chauffeur Michael Culhane on <em>Dynasty</em> and his honey’s breakout role of<em> General Hospital</em> vixen Lucy Coe wasn’t yet a gleam in a headwriter’s eye, the soap supercouple pledged their love to one another.</p>
<p><em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> star, who’s played Eric Forrester since the CBS soap’s 1987 premiere, has been happily hitched since 1980 to former actress Spang, beloved to us sci-fi nerds for her stint as Cassiopeia on ABC’s original <em>Battlestar Galactica</em>.</p>
<p>In 1974, two years before <em>Days of Our Lives</em> let Doug and Julie Williams say “I do,” their portrayers went and “I did” it, making them the second-longest-married couple in daytime. (Fun fact: Seaforth Hayes is the <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/574692/longest-serving-soap-opera-actors-list-photos/" target="_blank">longest-serving soap star</a> in suds history.)</p>
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