74-year-old Elliott and 79-year-old Ross first met in 1978 on the set of the horror movie The Legacy, after they'd both made a name for themselves in the industry. Though this was the first time they officially met, Elliott admitted to having known Ross before then.
They say marriages are never easy. When two celebrities get married, they have to constantly avoid being harangued by the paparazzi wherever they go. This does quite explain why there are marriages that don't cross the seven-year itch (if it lasts that long) - there's just so much happening between them that they can't really handle the marriage. Hollywood is a place where people see couples come and go, but there are exceptions to it, even in today's time, like Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. But they're nothing compared to Sam Elliott And Katharine Ross. The couple has been in love for over four decades and married for nearly 35 years.
74-year-old Elliott and 79-year-old Ross first met in 1978 on the set of the horror movie The Legacy, after they'd both made a name for themselves in the industry. Though this was the first time they officially met, Elliott admitted to having known Ross before then. He had a small role in Butch Cassidy almost a decade before, and that's when he first saw her, but he admitted he was too shy to approach her.
A young Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross on the set of The Legacy in 1978, the film where they met and fell in love. They've been together ever since. https://t.co/r4spK0rpXr https://t.co/zkN0IZBMT4 pic.twitter.com/dmdOIqnVk7— Best OfReddit (@RedditBest) February 22, 2019
Elliott told AARP The Magazine: “I didn’t dare try to talk to her then. She was the leading lady. I was a shadow on the wall, a glorified extra in a bar scene.” Ross, who is five years older than Elliott, was already married -to her fourth husband- at the time. Elliott had never been married before. In 1979, she and her then-spouse decided to go their separate ways. Within five years, Ross got married to Elliott and the same year they had their daughter, Cleo Rose.
Katharine Ross and the handsome Sam Elliott were married back in 1984 and are still married. 💑 pic.twitter.com/6HF7JJCQF0— Groovy History (@GroovyHistory) February 17, 2019
As a celebrity couple, finding time for one another between their hectic schedules is always hard, but Elliott made Ross and his daughter, Rose, his priority and made it very clear. He almost gave up on the role that defined him as Cher’s boyfriend in the 1985 movie Mask because he was on his honeymoon in Hawaii. Elliott reportedly made it very clear to his agent that in no way would he cut short his vacation with Ross just to audition for a role.
But his ever-supporting wife had other plans, as she called his agent and promised she would get him back in time to audition for the role. Even after so many years of being married, their chemistry, on and off-screen, is just so magical and so evident, even when they teamed up again onscreen in 2017 for the film The Hero, about an aging Western film icon. Ross plays his ex-wife and was thrilled to work on what she called “a really moving story.”
According to The Tribune, Ross believes that joint projects like these are what actually nurtures the relationship. “Sometimes that’s easier than real life,” Katharine said. “You’re [sic] got a script. You’ve got a part. You’ve got your creative juices flowing together. It’s not about the dirty dishes in the sink or whether you’ve picked something up at the laundry. …” Working together does give you a chance to spend more time together!
Even for the strongest couples, it is hard to withstand the nonsense that comes as a part of being in the industry, but Elliott says: “We have a common sensibility, but we also work at being together. You work past the s–t; you don’t walk away from it. That’s how relationships last.” Elliott also told theSan Francisco Chronicle, “What makes a marriage work is mutual love and mutual respect. There are peaks and valleys like everything else, but you have to push on." Cheers to 34 years of marriage!
Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott have been married since 1984... pic.twitter.com/wcRrQZeXGJ— Classic Movie Hub (@ClassicMovieHub) January 30, 2019
Quite a weekend in OKC at the Western Heritage Awards! - hosted by Sam Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross. I received Award for Today's Wild West. Even met Sam! See awards ceremony @ https://t.co/xVAermPO9a…/2018-western-heritage-awards/— Mark Bedor (@markbedor) April 19, 2018
& go 1-hour-26-min in to see my speech. pic.twitter.com/lLNM3fTJTW