Barbra Streisand and James Brolin have made it to their platinum anniversary, and she celebrated their two decades' worth of love with an adorable Instagram tribute.
"Has it really been 22 years since our blind date @jamesbrolin_ ? Married for 20 years. Happy anniversary honey. Bee. X," she captioned a smiling photograph of the two of them.
Barbra and James met when they were set up at a party in 1996, and for Brolin it was nearly love at first sight.
"I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven," she told W magazine in a 2016 interview. "I asked him, 'Who screwed up your hair?' He later told me that's when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual."
The night of their first date—July 1, 1996—they stayed up talking until 3 a.m. Within five months, they were living together, and two years to the day after that first date, they tied the knot.
Their wedding took place at Streisand's Malibu home, and she wore a custom beaded gown by close friend Donna Karan. A-list guests included John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, and Quincy Jones, and there were over 7,000 flowers onsite. Travolta called it "the most beautiful wedding I’ve been to."
"I can't tell you how lucky I am that this would happen to me so late in life," Brolin said at the time, according to People. "Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can't wait to see her again in the morning."
So what's their secret to making it last 20 years in Hollywood, which, as Streisand jokes, "is like 50 years in Chicago"?
“Kindness," she told Extra. “The Dalai Lama says, 'Give truth with compassion...' I used to use truth as a weapon years ago, actually, 'Well, you look fat 'cause you’re fat... I’m telling you the truth.' Truth with compassion would say it a different way—I don’t think you can take each other for granted.”
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