The sad truth is that our favorite Hollywood couples seem to split up after just a few months together, so it's always refreshing to read about a pair that have stood the test of time.
Singer Barbra Streisand's marriage to actor James Brolin is one of those rare Hollywood romances that has lasted for more than two decades, which is no small feat. As Streisand says herself, "20 years in Hollywood is like 50 years in Chicago."
And their love story’s longevity isn’t the only thing that sets them apart. Streisand and Brolin also met each other when they were both in their 50s. And they were both looking for a fresh start after their earlier failed marriages.
Streisand, who had been singing and performing since she was a teenager, had been married to actor Elliot Gould for eight years after meeting him on Broadway. And James Brolin, who often played the romantic lead in his movies, was actually unlucky in love, with two divorces under his belt by the time he met Streisand.
What attracted Brolin to Streisand when they met by chance at a dinner party in 1996 was the most surprising part of their romance yet: it was her brutal honestly. The singer told Brolin she didn't like his hair, and he was smitten right away.
Now, the singer is sharing what kept their relationship happy and strong for the last 20 years.
Again, Streisand's blunt honesty shines through when she remembers her first encounters with Brolin.
She admitted to Meredith Viera on her talk show that it took "a couple of months" for her to be smitten by Brolin. Looking back on the start of their life together, Streisand claims she can't even pinpoint the moment she fell in love with the actor. But she does remember his earliest attempt to impress her.
“He charmed me when he said he could cook,” Streisand recalled.
“So he came with a sushi roller, that wooden thing, and made sushi and I love sushi. So, I thought, 'This is really great.' He has never cooked again.”
While Brolin's cooking skills obviously aren't holding the relationship together, his bond and the honest streak he shares with Streisand are.
“Kindness and honesty are the pillars of a happy marriage," the singer told Mario Lopez. "Loving people share absolutely everything with each other.”
And as these two refuse to slow their careers down in their 70s, they both say their love is stronger than ever.
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