Married since 1984, Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross are the testament of a Hollywood love story. While it's unfortunately common for relationships in the entertainment world to fail, they are going strong.
The two first crossed paths in 1969 when Ross starred in the western film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Elliott had a small role, and they didn't share any scenes. Plus Elliott was too nervous to talk to the leading lady (which honestly is the sweetest thing ever). They started dating after reconnecting in 1978 on the set of the horror film, The Legacy.
This was the fifth marriage for Ross. Previously married to Joel Fabiani, John Marion, Conrad Hall, and Gaetano Lisi, it seemed like she couldn't find the right one until she met Elliott. She divorced her fourth husband, Lisi, after meeting Elliott and they have been inseparable ever since.
The newlyweds were on their honeymoon when Elliott was asked to test for Mask, which would be his breakout role playing opposite Cher. He told his agent he wouldn't be able to come back in time, but Ross got her new husband back to Los Angeles pronto, and he secured the role. After that, Eliott was consistently working and hasn't stopped. He's as busy as ever later in life.
Most recently starring with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born, the actor also starred in the Netflix series The Ranch. His stirring, deep voice has also secured him a ton of voice-over work over the years. You may remember him as the narrator of The Big Lebowski as well as "Smokey Bear"everyone's favorite forest fire prevention spokesperson.
Ross is best known for her role as Elaine Robinson in The Graduate that secured her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as well as her performance as Joanna Eberhart in The Stepford Wives. While she's slowed down a bit, the actress and her husband starred together in The Hero in 2017. The film follows an aging actor who has a terminal illness with Ross playing the ex-wife. The two have worked together numerous times over the years, and they both love it.
Elliot tells The Los Angeles Times, "I think we just like making movies and having that creative experience together is the best. It's just fun. It's a whole different kind of energy to go home with some you're working with rather than go home to somebody who isn't working. It's a totally positive experience."
When they aren't on set, Ross and Elliott live on their Malibu, California ranch that they have maintained since the 1970s. Their daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott (born in 1984) is a musician. I'm sure we'll continue to see more of both of these iconic actors but hopefully more projects where they work together.