Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson just celebrated their 36th year of marriage — a number that, especially in Hollywood, is hard to come by.
Jackson and Richardson met while attending Morehouse College and tied the knot in 1980. After saying “I do,” Jackson’s career started to skyrocket, but the couple quickly faced trials and tribulations when the actor’s drug addiction hit an all-time high.
Jackson has been candid about his addiction and recovery, but specifically, how it affected his wife and daughter. “[They] found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody’s bachelor party,” he said in 2016 while receiving the 2016 BET Lifetime Achievement Award. “Put my ass in rehab the next day, and supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day after day.”
Mere weeks before starting production on Spike Lee’s classic, Jungle Fever, Samuel had finished a stint at a rehab clinic in New York City. Needless to say, LaTanya, who is also an actress, has stuck by Jackson’s side through the best and worst of times.
There are several Black marriages in Hollywood that are put on a pedestal — and rightfully so. So today, we celebrate other successful Black marriages in Tinseltown.