What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life

What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life

Power couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue have created a compelling and intimate collection of intriguing conversations with famous couples about their enduring marriages and how they have made them last through the challenges we all share.

What makes a marriage last? Who doesn’t want to know the answer to that question? To unlock this mystery, long-married icons Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue turned to forty celebrated couples whose long marriages they’ve admired—from award-winning actors, athletes and newsmakers, to writers, comedians, musicians, and a former U.S. president.

Marlo and Phil are a beloved couple who have been married for forty years, yet have rarely spoken publicly about their relationship, and have never written a book together. Now, for the first time, they also include the secrets to what has kept their own marriage alive and loving.

Inspiring and insightful, What Makes a Marriage Last offers practical and hard-won wisdom for couples of all ages. Learn about soul-deep passion from Sting and Trudy Styler; how Billy and Janice Crystal keep the love and laughter alive; and why Judges Judy and Jerry Sheinlin’s divorce didn’t last but their marriage did. Also included in this impressive collection: Arlene and Alan Alda, Elton John and David Furnish, John McEnroe and Patty Smyth, George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Lisa and Mehmet Oz, Bob Woodward and Elsa Walsh, and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, who take the prize as the book’s longest married couple—seventy-four years, and counting.

What Makes a Marriage Last includes forty-three black-and-white and color photos throughout the book and on the endpapers.

Title:What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062982599
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    What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life Reviews

  • Amy

    What an incredible compilation of different takes and from all walks of life for what makes a marriage last. My favorite quote from the book, “Marry the person, not the potential.” I think so many...

  • Christen

    This is a great book about different couples and what has made their marriages work. I learned something from all of them...but I especially loved Michael J Fox and Tracey Pollan. ...

  • Jeimy

    Every one of these celebrity couples offers valuable advice that is useful for convivial living....

  • Melissa Edeburn

    A feel-good book that I could actually concentrate on during the “Great Distraction” that is this pandemic. Appreciated the pearls and the kindred spirits. ...

  • Sylvia Valevicius

    This book of interviews with long-married couples I found completely enjoyable! Most of the couples, straight and gay, are celebrities, but that would be the circle the authors live in. Nevertheless, ...

  • Barb

    I’ve always liked memoirs as I enjoy glimpsing other people’s lives & realizing that there are similarities in all our lives. I find it fascinating so when I heard about this book by Marlo Thomas ...

  • Rhonda Lomazow

    A beautiful book famous couples in long lasting happy marriages.A peek into their private life each couple shares the ups and downs their happy moments the way they resolve problems,I loved reading th...

  • Lynell Hanck

    I just finished reading this book and it was a delight from cover to cover. I grew up watching Phil and Marlo and I enjoyed reading about their experiences as well as all the couples they interviewed....

  • Monica

    This is a big book of a wide variety of couples telling their personal stories of what’s makes a lasting marriage. Some stories are great, and some were annoying. Overall, I enjoyed the book and fou...

  • Tara Ramelli

    A must read if you’re getting married or are married.I really enjoyed this book. I’ve been married for almost 12 years and we are happy. However we have fights and disagreements like any couple. I...