What Makes a Marriage Last
40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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, iconic couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue crisscrossed the country and conducted intimate conversations with 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 and First Lady. Through these conversations, Marlo and Phil also revealed the rich journey of their own marriage.
What Makes a Marriage Last offers practical and heartfelt wisdom for couples of all ages, and a rare glimpse into the lives of husbands and wives we have come to know and love. Marlo and Phil’s frequently funny, often touching, and always engaging conversations span the marital landscape—from that first rush of new love to keeping that precious spark alive, from navigating hard times to celebrating triumphs, from balancing work and play and family to growing better and stronger together. At once intimate, candid, revelatory, hilarious, instructive, and poignant, this book is a beautiful gift for couples of every age and stage.
Featuring interviews with:
Alan and Arlene Alda • Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter • James Carville and Mary Matalin
Deepak and Rita Chopra • Patricia Cornwell and Staci Gruber
Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden • Billy and Janice Crystal
Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest • Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon • Gloria and Emilio Estefan
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan • Chip and Joanna Gaines
Sanjay and Rebecca Gupta • Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka • Ron and Cheryl Howard
Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson • Elton John and David Furnish
John and Justine Leguizamo • LL COOL J and Simone I. Smith
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone • John McEnroe and Patty Smyth
Mehmet and Lisa Oz • Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete
Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Bert Pogrebin • Rob and Michele Reiner
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos • Al Roker and Deborah Roberts
Ray and Anna Romano • Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams
Judges Judy and Jerry Sheindlin • George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth
Sting and Trudie Styler • Capt. Chesley “Sully” and Lorrie Sullenberger
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner • Judith and Milton Viorst
Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt • Bob Woodward and Elsa Walsh
Praise For What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life…
“Delightful and instructive…Love and understanding shine through in this inspiring collection.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Warmhearted testimony to enduring relationships…The authors’ disarming ebullience makes them endearing interviewers.” — Kirkus Reviews
“An intimate and surprising look at what keeps couples together.” — AARP
HarperOne, 9780062982605, 640pp.
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
About the Author
Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress, author, and activist whose body of work continues to impact American entertainment and culture. She has been honored with four Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In November 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Marlo the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive.
Phil Donahue is a writer, producer, journalist, and media pioneer who revolutionized the talk show format and ushered in a new era of broadcast television. The Donahue show was honored with twenty Daytime Emmy Awards, including ten Emmys for Outstanding Host, and ten for Best Talk Show. In 1996, the Daytime Emmys presented Phil with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to television journalism. Phil has been inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award. He lives in New York City.