Hollywood take note! Denzel Washington and wife of 29 years Pauletta look as in love as ever on holiday in Italy
15:17 GMT, 3 October 2012
Hollywood is renowned for its short marriages, with stars like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears leaving their husbands just days… or even hours after tying the knot.
However, one of Tinseltown's biggest actors, Denzel Washington has managed a rare thing amongst his peers – a long and happy marriage.
The Oscar-winner, 57, and his wife Pauletta, 62, looked as in love as ever as they holiday in Portofino, Italy this week.
Still going strong: Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta stroll through Portofino, Italy on Tuesday
Sight-seeing: The couple looked like they were enjoying their stroll about picturesque Portofino
The couple, who have been married for 29 years and together since 1977, were laughing and joking as they chatted to locals and fellow holidaymakers in the Luguria fishing village.
After walking around the picturesque spot, they stopped by a restaurant for an alfresco dinner.
But with temperatures starting to drop as the autumnal weather draws in, the Training Day star wore a zip-up cardigan with a pair of jeans.
You tickle me: Pauletta looked like she was enjoying herself as the couple laughed over dinner
'It's a marathon, not a sprint': Denzel said he and Pauletta have had to work hard at their marriage
Following their meal, Denzel looked happy to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
Now their four children have grown up and with a gap in Denzel's busy acting career, the pair are revelling in their quality time together.
Their eldest son John, 28, is an American football player for the Sacramento Mountain Lions, while daughter Katia, 24, graduated from Yales in 2010.
Their twins Olivia and Malcolm, 21, are both thought to be at university as well.
Cheers! The couple finish their meal with some cappuccinos
Denzel and Pauletta met in 1977 while the actor was filming his first TV role in Wilma – which she was also starring in – and went on to marry in 1983.
In 1995, they renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating.
Talking about their long-lasting marriage with Oprah Winfrey in 2008, Denzel said: 'People who say they knew (if their spouse was the one) right away are lying! It's a marathon, not a sprint.'
He admits time apart with months spent away filming has probably helped their marriage rather than hinder it.
He explained: 'Hollywood gets a bad rap; it's just a place with some footprints in cement. I don't live there, I live in Los Angeles. But it's probably helped our marriage that we're apart a lot.'
Gracious: The actor made one local's day as he chatted to him in the street
Approachable: The actor was happy to pose for photos with fans on holiday
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